This salted chocolate tahini granola recipe is super versatile and easily adaptable. You can pair it with a bowl of vegan yogurt, add it as topping on a smoothie bowl or chia pudding or simply enjoy it with a splash of plant-based milk.
If you don't have all the ingredients on hand, the recipe will still work. Swap the tahini with any other nut butter (peanut butter would go well with the chocolate), almonds with any other nuts and seeds and use maple syrup or date puree instead of agave syrup.
Tahini - The Most Versatile Nut Butter
When I was on vacation in Greece a couple of weeks ago, I fell in love with tahini. Tahini is a nut butter made of hulled, then toasted, then ground sesame. Somehow, they sold tons of it in every supermarket and we bought a huge jar of Greek tahini! So I had a lot of tahini to expirement and try new recipes with. One of the recipes I came up with was this salted chocolate tahini granola.
In the end of our holiday, we ate tahini with every single meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner. That's probably the reason why tahini is my favorite nut butter. Okay, well, maybe peanut butter is even more addictive, but I'd say tahini is very close!
For breakfast, you can add it to a smoothie bowl, overnight oats or oatmeal. Or you can spread it on a toast and top it with bananas. For lunch, we usually made sandwiches with a tahini spread and cucumber and tomatoes. For dinner, you can add it to hummus or make a yummy lemon tahini dressing.
Healthy Salted Chocolate Tahini Granola
This vegan salted chocolate tahini granola is made with many healthy ingredients. Oats are one of the healthiest grains because they are whole-grain and a good source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. They actually are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat!
Hemp seed hearts are rich in two essential fatty acids - omega-6 and omega-3. Furthermore, they contain protein, vitamin E, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. Flaxseed also contains omega-3 essential fatty acids and fiber. The best way to consume flaxseed and hemp seeds is in their ground form because it is easier to digest and the nutrients are absorbed more easily.
Salted Chocolate Tahini Granola
100 g rolled oats
20 g tahini
20 g agave syrup
20 g cocoa powder
20 g hemp seed hearts
20 g ground flax seed
20 g almonds (roughly chopped)
¼ tsp coarse sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 160°C/300°F.
- Combine the tahini and agave syrup in a bowl and mix well.
- Add the remaining dry ingredients to a separate bowl and stir to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well to make sure the tahini syrup mixture is evenly incorporated. This works best using your hands (and you get to lick the deliciousness of your hands, thank me later).
- Spread the granola mixture on a large baking tray. You want to shape it like a pizza dough. The granola pieces should still touch each other on the sides but be in a thin layer so everything bakes evenly.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Give the granola a stir halfway through.
- Once done, let the granola cool completely before filling it into mason jars. You can store it for a up to a week at a cool, dry place.
You could also use peanut butter or almond butter instead of tahini.
You can sub the agave syrup with date puree or maple syrup or any other liquid, sticky sweetener.