Cocoa Hazelnut Granola

Granola. One of the perfect breakfast foods. Well one of the perfect snack food to me as well. I love a grocery store so much more when they have the bulk bins and I can grab as much as I want (and mix them together when they aren't looking). And making this, when it comes out you push it all together to form clusters. Such a great idea. The big clusters are always the part I go to first. Every past time I have tried to make granola, it never really came out good, probably because I never used a recipe. It was normally a mix of whatever I had in my cupboard and it never came out with big clusters. Go make some granola, easy and so yummy. 

cocoa hazelnut granola

1 cup (138g) hazelnuts coarsely chopped

1/2 cup (75g) dried cranberries chopped

3 cups (270g) rolled oats

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup (59ml) olive oil

1/2 cup (118ml) maple syrup


Oven 350F.

Place hazelnuts on baking sheet and roast in oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven let cool. 

Oven 325F.

Toss hazelnuts, oats, cocoa, cranberries and salt. Pour in oil and syrup then mix to evenly coat.

Pour onto an ungreased baking sheet and spread out evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. When done, push all the granola to the center of the baking sheet and press together. 

Let cool completely then break into small pieces.

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