Everyone has a chocolate bar and a bag of granola at home—if they don’t, they’re lying to themselves. The best thing is that you can use these ingredients to make a sweet and delicious pie. The combination of creamy chocolate and crunchy granola is to die for! Here’s what you need and how to easily create a tasty dessert.
Easy & Healthy Granola Chocolate Pie
Before we proceed with the recipe, some tips. When it comes to granola, you can use any kind or even make it at home. Use different nuts, grains, and dried fruit in the oat mixture. You can also add coconut for extra sweetness. When your pie is ready, serve it warm or at room temperature. Finish everything off with a scoop of ice cream on top. Any kind will do, but the colder the better.
- 1/2 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups granola
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 4 ounces (70% cacao) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
How to Make It
- Preheat your oven to 450°F. Place the crust on an ungreased pie plate and press the dough into the bottom and sides. Don’t forget to fold any excess dough under the edges.
- Cover with parchment paper and top with pie weights that will keep the crust from puffing up or shrinking away. Bake for 12-14 minutes and let cool after removing the weights and paper.
- Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Combine the brown sugar, melted butter, molasses, vanilla, vinegar, and salt, and whisk until you get a smooth texture. Whisk in the eggs, 1 at a time. Then, add the granola, coconut, and chocolate and stir.
- Pour the pie filling onto the crust and bake until it evenly browns and puffs on top. It should take about 55 minutes and be slightly firm to the touch.
- Let it cool completely and serve. Any leftovers can be put in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (4 if you’re an adrenaline junkie).
They say that you are what you eat. While that’s not technically correct, what you eat has a significant effect on your body and how you feel in your skin. That’s why there’s a growing interest in gastrointestinal health, as it’s closely related to your overall physical and mental well-being. In other words, having a happy, bacteria-balanced gut is key to a better life!
Why Having a Happy Gut Matters
Before we go over how to ensure you have a happy gut, you need to understand why you should strive for it. Our digestive function plays a major role in our wellness because it’s through the proper absorption of the food we eat that we can cater to our immune system and gain the energy we need to sustain ourselves. When there’s an imbalance in the types and amount of bacteria we have in the gut, things go sideways.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the five key tips you need to follow to have a balanced and healthy gut:
Drink Plenty of Water
You already know that one, but are you following it? Water is the most fundamental need we have, and your gut needs it just as much. Staying hydrated helps your digestive system to stay operative and eliminate toxins in your body. It’s normal that we absorb toxins, but it’s how we expel them from the body that makes all the difference.
Establish a Fiber-Rich Diet
Fiber helps your gut by making all the unnecessary by-products go through your digestive system more efficiently. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers are found in nuts, oats, bananas, beans, and barley, while you can find insoluble fiber in wholegrain foods, vegetables (e.g., carrots and potatoes), and wheat bran.
Reduce Sugar Intake
You may have a sweet tooth, but your gut doesn’t. In fact, too much sugar in your diet can lead to inflammation. It can also kill all the good bacteria and seriously disbalance your gastrointestinal health. Artificial sweeteners are no better than regular sugar because they, too, can damage your gut microbiome and affect your metabolism.
Add Probiotics to the Mix
Probiotics are everyone’s best friend. Or they should be, at least. The role of probiotics is to help balance your gut by introducing more beneficial bacteria within it. That’s why adding them to your diet is crucial. Probiotics are found in fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, live or active yogurt (bio-cultures), and sauerkraut. If you’re not a fan of those foods, you can consult with your doctor about finding food supplements that contain probiotics.
Focus on Foods That Heal the Gut
When used correctly, food too can be medicine. Alas, not all food was created equal, and some are better for you than others. Make sure you focus your diet on foods that are beneficial for gut wellness. These include dark leafy greens, fermented foods, avocados, healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, and fatty omega 3-rich fish, such as tuna and salmon.