Coconut Almond Mocha Granola with Blue Bottle Coffee

Coffee is basically the best thing in my life. It gives me a nice warm hug in the morning, it gives me energy to take on the day, and it is super tasty. Coffee doesn't just have to show up in a cup. Here I used tasty Blue Bottle coffee grounds in my granola. Sounds weird, but it comes out amazing! 

Most standard granola recipes are very high in sugar and very high in fat. It does not have to be that way! Yes, you can add more sugar to this granola to your liking, but I recommend trying a lower sugar granola and see if you truly need the sugar. Most of the time we add granola to yogurt, almond milk, or maybe even smoothies which I think bring some sweetness on their own and together there is a perfect amount of sweetness. Another great thing about this granola? It is crunchy!! The added egg whites help not only bind the granola but makes it super crunchy. Love it. I hope you like it too.

recipe (serves 12)

Ingredients 

-2.5 cup gluten free organic rolled oats

-2 Tbsp. coffee grounds (Use one you love drinking!)

-1 cup roasted almonds, chopped 

-1 cup coconut flakes 

-2 Tbsp. ground organic cocoa powder (unsweetened)  

-4 Tbsp. of coconut sugar or 2-3 Tbsp. of organic maple syrup 

-1 tsp. of salt 

-2 egg whites

-2/3 cup coconut oil, melted 

Directions

-Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F. 

-In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together (oats, coffee grounds, coconut flakes, chopped almonds, salt and cocoa powder). 

-Melt 2/3 cup coconut oil and pour into the large bowl. Add in 2 room temperature egg whites and the sugar source (coconut or maple syrup). Mix thoroughly until all the oats are covered with oil and combined. 

-Line a cookie sheet with foil and spread the granola evenly on the pan. 

-Bake for 20 minutes, removed from oven and mix the granola a bit. Put back into the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Watch the granola to make sure it is not burning. If you notice any burning. Take out. (Note if you notice some "foamy" looking moisture, it is from the coconut oil. Just remove from the oven and when it sits it dries and goes back to normal.)

-Once cooled, mix it up to break into pieces. Enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts (1 serving): 300 calories, 21 grams carb, 23 grams fat, and 6 grams of protein. 

MACROBALANCED TIP: To make this a macrobalanced meal, pair with a protein source like organic Greek yogurt, cashew yogurt, cottage cheese or even a protein shake!