Often, I’ll make a fairly elaborate (and for me, elaborate is a relative term) meal for company, and then lose energy when it comes to the dessert. Lately, I’ve turned to this clever dessert hack for chocolate granola clusters, which always has my guests proclaiming my culinary genius and begging for the recipe. The “recipe,” such as it is, can practically be given verbally; that’s how simple it is. Ten minutes of prep (at most), no machines, no baking — just a short time in the fridge to resolidify the chocolate.
It's hard to say how many this will serve — so let's say an average of 6; only 4 if your guests are voracious; 8 if they're full from the meal or just plain dainty.
This is also a nice food gift or a lovely treat for your valentine, especially if you use organic, fair trade chocolate chips.
Basically readymade granola enveloped in dark chocolate, this sweet vegan treat is quite addictive, and excellent served with fruit — pears in fall, oranges in winter, strawberries in spring, and raspberries in summer. You’re welcome.
Chocolate Granola Clusters
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons vanilla or plain unsweetened nondairy milk
- 1 1/ cups granola use a variety that has a nice mixture of oats, seeds, nuts, and dried fruits
- A grinding or two of coarse salt optional
- Combine the chocolate chips with the nondairy milk in a heatproof bowl. Microwave until melted Start with 1 minute, stir, then add a little more time but be careful not to overcook.
- Stir most of the granola into the melted chocolate, reserving a little for the next step.
- Line a large plate with wax paper or baking parchment. Spread the chocolate mixture onto it fairly evenly, to a thickness of no more than half an inch. Sprinkle the reserved granola over the top. If you’re adding the coarse salt, sprinkle over the granola, and be very subtle about it!
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until needed, allowing the chocolate to completely resolidify.
- Break the mass into candy-sized chunks, and arrange on an attractive platter (or the same plate, minus the wax or parchment) to serve.
- Keep any unused portion in a covered container in the refrigerator.
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