Chocolate Lover’s Healthy Granola Hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day! It is indeed the sweetest day of the year, and a great opportunity to scope out your child’s Valentines Day school stash – it is like Halloween for parents. Valentine’s Day has been strategically placed, a few weeks after the holidays, just in time to allow us to get over the chocolate hangover, and ready to endure another few days of gluttony.

I LOVE chocolate, and find every excuse to eat it. With this recipe, now I can, so can my Valentine’s, and so can you. I’ve been making homemade granola bars for a long time; they are healthy, cheaper then buying at the store, I can put whatever I like in them and they are really easy to make…so why not turn then into a healthy indulgent snack?

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Here is the recipe – it makes 12.
1 Cup of Rolled Oats
1 Cup of Spelt Flakes
1/2 Cup of Wheat Germ
1/4 Cup of Hemp Hearts
1/2 Cup Cocoa
1oz Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar
2 TSP Vanilla Extract
1/2 TSP Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Dried Diced Strawberries
1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

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Here are the Directions:
1. Preheat your over to 300F and grease 1 glass baking dish.

2. In a bowl, mix the rolled oats, spelt flakes, wheat germ, hemp hearts, cocoa powder and salt together and set aside.

3. On medium heat, in a sauce pan, melt the coconut oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture bubbles, cut the heat and pour into your oat mixture, mix thoroughly and add your diced dried strawberries and 1/2 of your chocolate chips – try not to eat all of it before you bake it.

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4. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter (if you like) to form heart shaped treats. Put the cookie cutter right into your baking dish, pack the granola mixture into the cookie cutter and gently lift the cookie cutter to achieve the shape.

5. Bake your hearts at 300F for 25 minutes. When they come out, sprinkle with the remainder of the chocolate chips.

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These tasty treats are beyond delicious, and adorable. They are the perfect opportunity to eat chocolate for breakfast, or any time of day. When I make them I can’t keep my daughters’ or my husband’s hands out of them. Enjoy,,,and Happy Chocolate Day!

 

 

 

 

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My name is Lauren Segal. First and foremost, thanks for being a part of my community and reading my blog! I hope you are enjoying the posts and finding them helpful, inspiring and humorous of course.

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Family: Nothing else matters without family. I have been married to my hunky husband, Adam for almost 6 years. It is like being married to my best friend, I envy my own relationship with him. We have two kids, Maiya (almost 5) and Kaylee (almost 3) who are, as cliché as it is,  the light of our lives and our inspiration each and every day. I also have the most wonderful parents and brother, and the most awesome extended family I could ever ask for.

Helping People: Whether it be through advice, moral support or being a workout buddy.

Food: I LOVE to cook, and I hear, from trustworthy sources, I am really good at it. I’ve adapted a lot of the recipes I love to suite families. I never use cookbooks, so all the recipes you see on this blog are Lauren Segal originals.

Fitness: I am a passionate runner. I’ve been running for over 10 years, and have recently started racing. Running is my, ‘me’ time and it helps to burn off all the chocolate I eat.

I am a working mom. I do daycare/school drop-offs and pick-ups, I cook, I clean, I run, do a lot of laundry and some how manage to be a very relaxed person and have somewhat of a social life. I often get the question, ‘how do you do all of that?’. This blog was started because of that question, and of course, my passions.