In my family we celebrate not only the birthdays, but also name days. Not as big as the birthdays, but at least with a delicious cake and a meal that the “celebrating child” can choose.
Me and my sisters have always wished for something special that we haven’t gotten so often. For example I wanted vanilla croissants, aka VANILLEKIPFERL, as a “cake”. My name day is in September and I didn’t want to wait another three months until christmas cookie time for my favourite biscuits…
Another time I had a crunchy granola on my wish list.
You have to know that we usually “only” got healthy oatmeal muesli for breakfast and cornflakes and crunchy granola were withheld on Sundays.
Having a batch of granola all to myself and being able to decide when I eat it and how much I eat was such a great idea for me.
I really got an extra large bag and my eyes were beaming with the sun.
Now I am that old (please refrain from comments here) that I can bake my own granolas. Whenever I want and as much as I want and the flavor I want.
Recently I baked this extra crunchy chocolate granola. It tastes incredibly delicious and is full of healthy ingredients.
The secret behind the special crunch is in the oats. I ground a part of it in a blender. Thus the dry and wet ingredients combine better and huge clusters are created.
If you like, you can add dark chocolate chunks AFTER baking. I skipped that step this time because the chocolate granola tastes really nice like cocoa by itself already.
Happy crunch. Crunch, crunch!