Whitney Miller’s Dark Chocolate Granola

Lunch box menu planning can be a challenge, as moms want to provide healthy meals that are also quick and easy to prepare. That’s what my mom did when my sisters and I were kids. We had peanut butter sandwiches with a side of grapes instead of jelly. We would carry yummy dinner leftovers like spaghetti and meatballs (my favorite)! An ice pack would keep our fresh fruits and vegetables cold on warm school days.

My mom loved providing homemade treats for our lunch boxes as well. With that in mind, I created this homemade treat for your kids’ lunch boxes. Kids will love it because it’s chocolatey and crunchy, and moms can enjoy the fact that it’s healthier than the typical processed, packaged snacks.

Dark Chocolate Granola

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp. skinned and unsalted pistachios
  • 1 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter in a medium bowl in the microwave. Once melted, add the olive oil, honey, cocoa, and oats. Pour the granola on a baking sheet and evenly spread out with the back of a spoon. Bake for 10 minutes. Toss the granola with a spoon. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss granola again. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the pistachios, cranberries and dark chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: About 1 ½ cups

Whitney MillerWhen she was just 22, Whitney Miller won the first U.S. season of the Fox show MasterChef. She is the author of Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm. While working on her second cookbook, she frequently travels around the U.S. and as far away as China to conduct cooking demonstrations and culinary classes. For more, visit whitneymiller.net, connect with Whitney MillerH on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @whitneymillerH.