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Wednesday
May232012

Mocha Granola

Mocha Granola

There is something indulgent and romantic about a hot cup of coffee. The steam swirling out of the mug creating a thin fog that hovers delicately above the liquid, only disrupted by the wafting air of a mug lifted to the lips for a hesitant, fleeting first sip. The smell of coffee is familiar, embracing the soul while sleep is rubbed away from tired eyes. The heat from the mug is a welcome touch on cold winter mornings when it feels too early to crawl out of bed before the sun.

It's an ancient drink, creating an invisible connection between people both near and far with a single, simple message.

The day is about to begin.

Mocha Granola

It was the smell of ground coffee beans that aroused my love for coffee. Long before I became a coffee drinker, I sat at the kitchen table with my grandparents during breakfast, listening to them talk over cups of coffee as the dawn light spread pastels across the sky. The coffee maker faintly dripped in the background, a simple sound in a quiet room, with a rush of steam as the last drop of water fell into the pot. There was something exquisitely romantic about the whole affair.

I wanted to capture all of these sensory moments, to keep them inside as a comforting moment for a day when the world felt bleak. I turned these moments into vignettes, of coffee and newspapers, of yawning faces and quiet moments, wanting to hold them in my mind simply because I found them beautiful.

Mocha Granola

It was a quiet morning when I made this mocha granola. I was tired, even after a long night's sleep. The sun seemed to agree as it hid behind the clouds, keeping the sky covered in a gray blanket. The warmth of the oven and the moody, shadowed lighting through my camera lens painted another Tuesday morning.

Perhaps unremarkable to another eye, it was peaceful for me. The scent of the coffee infused granola wafting through the apartment made it difficult to imagine a more tranquil morning.

Mocha Granola

Mocha Granola is indulgently moody, with an unmistakable aroma of espresso and dark chocolate. This is an adult granola, with a rich coffee flavor, almonds, and hint of chocolate for sweetness. While I enjoyed it mixed into Greek yogurt, it's not hard to imagine this granola being equally at home covered in milk or grabbed by the handful on the way out the door.

Mocha Granola
Adapted from Rachel Cooks

Yields four 1/2-cup servings

2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon espresso powder
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon flax seed (optional)
1/2 cup miniature dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, espresso powder, olive oil, vanilla, and salt. Fold in the oats, almonds, and flax until everything is evenly coated. Spread out granola evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Granola will be done when slightly browned and fragrant. Cool the granola to room temperature before stirring in the chocolate chips.

Serve plain, over yogurt, or in a bowl covered with milk.

Reader Comments (23)

Love it! I've been reading your blog for a while now, and I really enjoy your style, the way you write and create this lovely blog.
05.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrederike
Anything with espresso immediately has my attention. And I love that quote at the top!
Mmmm love this! I always like trying new granola recipes :)
Girl, you had me at mocha. I think I'm in love.
05.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
I am making this as soon as possible. Any day that includes espresso is fantastic in my book. And I love how you describe it as moody :D
such a cool flavor combo for granola!
I'm not a coffee fan, but I still love the photos. They are gorgeous. :)
This granola is absolutely perfect. Gorgeous photos as always!
Beautiful writing! The senses can be so nostalgic! This sounds wonderful!!
05.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeacher Karen
Am not a major coffee fan, but your pictures make me want to be one! Such gorgeous pics!
05.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKajal
Yum, I can't wait to try it!

Thanks for sharing
05.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana
This looks amazing and delicious and I so want to taste this. Coffee is my fave and this sounds perfect. Thank you. Elizabeth
05.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
Wow! Gorgeous photos and I LOVE the way you write! Glad you liked the granola!
05.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Cooks
Loving the dark tone in the photos and the granola with mocha .. I am sold!
05.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKankana
i have a feeling this granola is my kryptonite
every time i visit your blog i always think "this girl gets me" and when i opened this and saw a jasper fforde quote in the same place as a mocha granola... i literally felt like you'd read my mind. goals in life: start a food blog when i get back to the states and have a pet dodo that i'll name thursday. thanks for the inspiration
05.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAddy
I made this granola, and I LOVED it! So awesome with vanilla Greek yogurt and a little honey. Thank you so much for sharing.
06.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeAnna
This was very delicious! I misread the steps and put the chocolate chips in before I put it into the oven, but I loved it that way actually. Spoon it over yogurt and eat it up. Mmmm...
07.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Made this granola this morning, and I absolutely love it! Just had some with milk, and I already want some more!
07.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
I never imagined to find a quote from Jasper Fforde was on a food blog (unless it was one about toast) but I am glad I clicked through when I saw the picture on Pinterest. Looks absolutely delicious!
10.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaquita
Made this and adore it! It is perfect with yogurt and chia seeds.
01.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess
This is so tasty and perfect for a stormy morning. I love your recipes (and liberal use of espresso powder)!
01.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney
I just tried this with milk and blueberries. Delightful! I love everything you post.
04.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

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