Chocolate and hazelnut granola {Gluten-free, dairy-free}

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Despite all my efforts to be relatively health conscious, I resigned myself to the fact that I have a great weakness for crispy, sugary cereals.

It's my wardrobe food guilty pleasure! And don't even get me started on Rice Krispies treats. I attribute most of my ÔÇťfreshman 15ÔÇŁ to an ever-present bag of cocoa kripies in my bedroom. I'm ashamed to even admit that now!

Let's be honest, healthy living was the last thing on my mind in college. Which is ironic because I studied food / nutrition science. It's about keeping it real, right?

These days I hardly eat cold breakfast cereals any more, much less did I allow myself to buy the sugary cereals of my youthful days.

But after trying a bite of this granola, I was taken back to the world of cocoa flakes and krispies. He even turned my almond milk into chocolate almond milk!

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It is truly delicious, but full of healthy ingredients. This granola is lightly sweetened with unrefined sugar. If you can find them, be sure to include buckwheat grains. They really add the crispy puff that reminds me of my old favorite cereals!

This granola would also make a great food gift. Granola is such an easy thing to put in jars and give away, and this granola is so special!

Is there anything better than the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts?

Homemade granola is also surprisingly simple to make. I promise that if you do this once and taste how delicious it is, you will never eat processed cereals again!

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Chocolate and hazelnut granola {Gluten-free, dairy-free}

Chocolate and Hazelnut Granola – Crispy, healthy granola that will remind you of your favorite childhood chocolate cereal and even turn milk into chocolate milk.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup buckwheat grains
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup hazelnuts or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup raw cocoa powder or cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, buckwheat, coconut, hazelnuts, and chia seeds.

  • In a small saucepan, combine honey, coconut sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, and cocoa powder. Heat over medium heat until the mixture is smooth and completely combined.

  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine evenly. Spread the granola on the baking sheet in an even layer.

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip large sections of the granola to cook on the other side. Bake for another 10 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes until the mixture is toasted.

  • Let the granola cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

* To make this more decadent, you can add a handful of mini chocolate chips to the granola after it has cooled. Freeze dried strawberries are also a delicious addition! * I recommend using buckwheat grains because of their puffy crispness. But if you can't find them, just replace them with an extra cup of oatmeal.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Calories: 526kcal

Recipe adapted from My New Roots

Check out this Vegetarian Mama recipe on how to make the perfect dairy-free homemade parfait!

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