The origin of cocoa crunch — not Koko Krunch — dates back to the onset of the organic movement and a UK company called Whole Earth Foods, who extolled the importance of planet-friendly fare 40 years before it became a trend, and who created this breakfast cereal to appeal to adults and children alike.
In essence it’s chocolate granola made without nuts, a mixture of oats, crispy rice cereal, coconut, cocoa, and chocolate, which bake into clusters fit for snacking on their own or drowning in milk, which ultimately turns into chocolate milk, a boon for little ones especially.
The original recipe, from Green and Black’s Chocolate Recipes, calls for making a thick sugar syrup, which I have replaced with maple syrup — eliminating the syrup-making step simplifies the process and the maple flavor does not dominate the chocolate. Like the coconut oil granola, this cocoa crunch makes a great gift, but is also a treat to have on hand: my children and many of the neighborhood kiddies have been gobbling it up after school, but on more than one occasion, too, I have spotted in my kitchen an adult, head thrown back, bowl covering face, finishing off a late-night snack.
Cocoa Crunch: Proudly feeding the neighborhood since 2016!
- 1½ cups (154g) oats
- 2 cups crispy brown rice cereal (71g), such as Erewhon brand* (see notes above)
- ½ cup (40g) unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3 tablespoons (17 to 20g) cocoa
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil or vegetable or canola oil
- 1.5 oz. (42.5 g) dark chocolate, see notes above
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 275ºF. In a large bowl, combine oats, rice cereal, coconut, cocoa, and salt. Toss to combine.
- Heat the coconut oil and dark chocolate together in a small skillet over low heat until chocolate has melted. Alternatively, melt in microwave. Stir to blend; then add to dry ingredients along with the maple syrup. Stir to combine.
- Turn mixture out onto a Silpat- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread into an even layer. Cook 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Break into shards or into small pieces (see notes above).