Those that love chocolate for its bitter notes will love this hearty granola for its dense crunch and subtle sweetness. Desirable as it is nourishing, chocolate granola is the perfect accompaniment to a strenuous hike in the high country, or a long-term sweet tooth. Cracked rye is the secret of the recipe, its bitterness slowing time-released nutrients and consumption. Chocolate needs cheery company and whole hazelnuts encrusted in granola are a classic duo popularized in Europe around the 1500’s when confectioneries combined the two to create Gianduja, a Nutella-like, but more delicious chocolate-hazelnut spread.

Figs predate all grain cultivation, which makes them the oldest sources of nutrition known to man and play a large part in development of civilization and religion. Siddhartha Gautama was thought to have meditated under an old fig tree called the Bodhi Tree or Sacred Fig Tree to gain enlightenment. Like an inside out flower, the fig is a strange manifestation of enlightenment itself, which is purity and attachment to the physical realm. Inside the fig you may find enlightenment or a sweet nourishing food. May you share this enlightenment as you treat yourself, but be sure to chew your way thoroughly through this hearty chocolate granola!

Ingredients

Oats, Honey, Cracked Rye, Pumpkin seeds, Hazelnuts, Fig Pieces, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Beans, and Salt.