Chocolatey Hazelnut Granola

Chocolate hazelnut granolaIn some ways this granola sort of reminds me of no-bake cookies, although not quite as chocolatey or quite as sugary-sweet. It's a breakfast-appropriate version. πŸ™‚ Plus the addition of crunchy hazelnuts just gives it such a fun flavor! I especially love this paired with raspberries and strawberries.

Homemade granola recipeHomemade granola recipe The following recipe will make around 3 cups of granola. So you can enjoy this for a week or two (depending on how often you eat granola for breakfast or an afternoon snack). Or you can store it in a clean, glass jar, add a ribbon and gift to a friend. I would LOVE to receive some homemade granola from a friend.

Hint, hint to anyone that's listening. :)

Easy homemade granolaChocolatey Hazelnut Granola, makes 3 cups.

2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (I used black sesame seeds because that's what I had on hand.)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 teaspoons cocoa
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine the oats, nuts and seeds in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, salt, cocoa, syrup and extract.

How to make granola at homePour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir so that every piece gets coated. I like to use my (clean) hands for this step as I think it ensures each piece gets it's fair share of coating. πŸ™‚

Bake at 350Β°F for 25 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, remove and toss so all the pieces get roasted. Then continue baking.

Chocolate hazelnut granola Once cooled you are ready to serve with yogurt, milk, or however you like to enjoy your granola. Add just a little chocolate to your mornings! Enjoy. xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions