This Double Chocolate Granola Loaf is heavenly. A soft chocolate sponge topped with a fudgey, rich chocolate layer finished off with a nutty, crunchy granola topping = what dreams are made of. You wouldn’t guess that this dream snack / dessert / treat is actually made up of pretty good ingredients – dates, sweet potato, oats, cacao and nut butter. For even extra indulgence feel free to add chocolate chunks into the base mixture, or change up the nut butter in the filling (hazelnut would work amazingly)…that’s one of the fun bits of baking, adapting a recipe to suit your favourite flavors. This chocolate granola loaf is best eaten within a few days, but it's so good that shouldn't be a problem!

Double Chocolate Granola Loaf [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients

For the Base Layer:

  • 5.3 ounces oat flour
  • 3.5 ounces ground almonds or almond flour
  • 3.5 ounces coconut or date sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed/linseed mix
  • 2.5 ounces maple syrup
  • 6.77 ounces plant-based milk of choice

For the Middle Chocolate Layer:

  • 3.5 ounces dates, soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, chopped and cooked
  • 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt

For the Topping:

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Preparation

For the Base Layer:

  1. Preheat the oven to 356°F and grease and line a loaf tin.
  2. Mix together the flour, almonds, cacao or cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Whisk together the flaxseed and water in a small bowl or cup and leave for 5 minutes to thicken then mix in the maple syrup and milk.
  4. Pour this into the dry ingredients and mix together to form a batter.
  5. Spread over into the loaf tin evenly then set aside.

For the Middle Chocolate Layer:

  1. Add the soaked dates to a blender or food processor with the sweet potato, cacao/cocoa powder, nut butter, maple syrup and salt and whizz up until quite thick and smooth.
  2. Spread this over the base

To Assemble:

  1. Sprinkle over the granola and chocolate chips in an even layer to cover.
  2. Bake for 40 minutes (cover with tin foil halfway) until firm.
  3. Leave to cool completely in the tin then remove and slice up. Enjoy!
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