This unique granola recipe is breakfast, a snack, a topping, a gift, or whatever you want it to be! It's bursting with delicious flavors in every crunchy bite!
Makes 8 cups
Preheat the oven to 350°F, adjust a rack to the center, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, blend the butter with the sugar until smooth. Then mix in the syrup, vanilla, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt.
Roast in the preheated 350°F oven until the edges become golden brown, about 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet, at least 30 minutes
Use your hands to break the granola apart into small pieces, and set aside.
Or, to make granola bars, use a Chef's knife to cut the granola into any size you'd like (without the espresso beans).
Add the chocolate covered espresso beans to a heavy duty zip-lock bag and seal it, making sure all the air is out. Use the bottom of a small sauté pan, or a flat-bottomed meat mallet to crush the beans. Then mix them into the granola.
You can still make this if you don't get (or have) the coffee syrup. Instead you can use 1/2 cup dark maple syrup and add an extra tablespoon of the espresso powder.
If you're on a gluten-free diet, just be sure to purchase oats that specifically say they are gluten-free.