Market and CSA season isn’t too far off but until your crisper is brimming with North Mississippi’s finest locally-grown veggies, keep your spirits up by using local ingredients whenever you can!
Larry and Joanne Mardis (and their bees!) out in Taylor offer some of the best tasting honey you can find. During market season, they’re at Mid-Town and OXCM but you can always grab a jar at the Farmer’s Market Store, Living Foods and Larson’s Cash Saver.
This isn’t necessarily “health food” granola, but it sure is good! Perfect for a weekend brunch, this indulgent granola is sweet with just a touch of sea salt and is delicious with Brown’s Dairy milk!
Chocolate Coconut Granola
with Mardis Honey
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 cup organic chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts (I used local pecans)
1/3 Mardis Honey
1/2 almond butter
3 TBS unsweetened cocoa
Few dashes of cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt to taste
Over medium low heat, combine chocolate chips, almond butter, honey and cocoa. Melt and stir until smooth. Careful it doesn’t burn.
In large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, cinnamon, and coconut. Add chocolate mixture and stir until oats are coated. Toss in sea salt and taste. Adjust honey and salt to achieve the perfect level of sweetness/saltiness.
Spread out on large baking sheet and pop in the oven at 275 degrees until lightly browned and toasty, about 20 minutes. Stir frequently during baking.