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Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes

Chocolate for breakfast?  Yes please! When I lived in Italy I was thrilled to discover breakfast cereal with chunks of dark chocolate.  Inspired by that special treat, I created this simple yet decadent granola. You might prefer to serve this up as a post-dinner snack, but I assure you it is delightfully delicious anytime of day. 

by Carla Wiking

What you'll need

  • 4 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt

Variations:

Try different nuts, such as almonds or pecans. Use your favorite type of chocolate whether it be semi-sweet, milk, or even white. Add dried cherries for a fruity twist.

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together egg whites and a pinch of salt.  Then add oil, vanilla, and sugar until well combined.
  3. To the wet ingredients add the oats, nuts, and cinnamon.  Stir to coat.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly on one large (or two smaller) parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, stir mixture and continue to bake 10 to 15 minutes more until golden and fragrant.
  6. Allow granola to cool.  Once cool, evenly sprinkle with chocolate chips and store in an airtight container.
  7. Serve with cold or warm milk, yogurt, or even over ice cream.  Or snack on it out of hand for a special treat anytime of day.

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