Chocolate. Hazelnut. Spread.
The inventor of Nutella was a genius.
The nutty flavor combined with chocolate tastes like heaven in your mouth.
Since I’ve been cutting back on refined sugar I just HAD to try some of the “Nutella” alternative recipes you see popping up everywhere. So far I haven’t found a perfect dupe yet. The consistency combined with its flavor is just unique. But it did led me to buying a whole lot of hazelnuts.
So when I wanted to make a batch of granola I came across my stash of hazelnuts.
And that’s when a lightbulb went off.
What if I make Chocolate Hazelnut GRANOLA?
This recipe is a mix of “nutola” and granola. Half nuts and half oats. I used gluten free oats in my recipe so my GF-BF can enjoy it too.
I used hazelnuts with their ‘skins’ but this gives the granola a slightly bitter flavor. So feel free to use skinless hazelnuts!
Instead of refined sugar I used maple syrup to sweeten this granola. Make sure to use the dark, ‘real’ kind. Maple syrup contains minerals and anti-oxidants that make it a better choice over table sugar any day.
If you have a very sweeth tooth you can use 1/2 cup of maple syrup instead of 1/4 cup.
I decided to keep the other ingredients fairly simple to really make the toasted hazelnuts and chocolate flavor stand out!