Best ever is a strong statement and it seems that nearly every food blogger deems their recipe the best, but you know what, this really is the best ever. I’ve made a lot of granola recipes over the years (cue pictures of me as a hippie making granola in her kitchen), and this IS the best. I may be biased because I love chocolate and hazelnuts (nothing beats nutella) so if you do too, then this chocolate hazelnut granola is for you.
You know when people say “it’s too granola” as if it’s a bad thing. I couldn’t disagree more. Granola is straight up delicious and if I am too granola for saying that then so be it.
But a lot of conventional granola sold in stores isn’t super healthy though. Most of the times it is loaded with a lot of sugar, preservatives and even funky oils. That isn’t to say all store bought granola isn’t healthy, there are lots out there that are. And if you need something in a hurry, then by all means store bought may be the way to go. But if you have some time to spend in the kitchen, homemade granola is really easy to whip up plus your house smells amazing after baking it.
If you’re looking for a grain free alternative check out my pumpkin granola recipe too!
The Secret Ingredient to This Chocolate Hazelnut Granola Is…
For this recipe I used Sun Potion anandamide rather than traditional cocoa or cacao powder. I really like the flavour of the Sun Potion blend, plus it has some additional benefits coming from reishi, ashwagandha, maca and tocos. What the hell are those ingredients you may be wondering? Most of them are adaptogens that help our body respond and adapt to stress. For example, tocos is derived from the bran of rice and is really high in vitamin E. Vitamin E is amazing for the skin and it is a potent antioxidant. This blend from Sun Potion also has some interesting spices in it such as cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric and cayenne. Most of the time I use it to make an elevated hot chocolate (simply blend with hot water and froth). But this time, I decided to use it in this chocolate hazelnut granola. You can of course use regular cacao powder or cocoa powder if you prefer.
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Could Not Be Easier To Make This
To make this chocolate hazelnut granola, all you have to do is mix everything together in a bowl and then bake for about 25 minutes. And trust me when I say this is the best ever, because it really is. I like to add some chocolate chips after its done baking and before storing. They melt on contact and make the granola taste even better. If you are avoiding added sugar, you can opt for a sugar free chocolate chip like these ones or you could omit them altogether.
The regular chocolate chips I always buy are these ones from Enjoy Life.
The sugar free version I have used before are these ones from Lily’s.
How to Enjoy Your Granola
I like storing the chocolate hazelnut granola in a sealed container in my fridge so it stays fresh. For serving, it tastes amazing in yogurt, or as is. Or if you want to have it like cereal, you can totally just add some almond milk and eat it like cereal. I love eating it this way, it makes me feel like I am a kid again eating chocolate cereal. If you store it in the fridge it should last for quite a while, although mine never lasts that long, because it’s way too good. This also makes it ideal for meal prep as well!
You can learn more about meal prep and get your own free guide right here!
If you make this chocolate hazelnut granola, tag me on Instagram or leave a comment and review below! I hope you like it as much as I do.
Chocolate Hazelnut Granola
A delicious and healthy homemade version of nutella granola, made with gluten free oats, hazelnuts, cacao and maple syrup!
Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix the maple syrup, almond butter, anandamide (or cacao) powder, and sea salt. Whisk to combine. Then add the oats, hazelnuts and chia seeds until coated.
Bake for 20 minutes, then remove, carefully flip and place back in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes more.
Remove from the oven and add the chocolate chips. Let cool slightly before storing.