Easy Oil-free Chocolate Granola (Healthy)

Ingredients: – 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oat – ⅓ cup chopped nuts of choice (such as almonds and walnuts) – ½ cup vegan chocolate chip – ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder – ¼ cup shredded coconut – ⅛ teaspoon salt – ½ cup maple syrup – ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce – 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F (175˚C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: rolled oats, chopped nuts, vegan chocolate chips, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, and salt. Stir to combine. 

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl: maple syrup, unsweetened applesauce, and vanilla extract. Mix everything together until all the ingredients are evenly combined and coated. 

Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to evenly and thinly spread the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. 

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown and crisp, stirring halfway through the baking time. 

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the granola cool for 20-30 minutes. Once cooled, break apart the granola into small or large chunks. Store the granola in a mason jar or a sealed container for up to a week.