I'm out of town this week, skiing my heart out (more to come on that later), but had this recipe sitting in my drafts from before we left. With Valentine's day rapidly approaching, it seemed like the perfect time to spread the love of chocolately granola. This recipe draws flavours from Nutella in hopes of satisfying that chocolate hazelnut craving, morning, afternoon, or night. So go ahead, treat yourself (or your loved ones), and indulge!

HAZELNUT + CHOCOLATE GRANOLA // makes enough for the week

Adapted from Whole Grain Morning's Hazelnut Cacao Nib Granola 

Preheat oven to 325.


3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs

What to do:

Combine the dry ingredients, seeds, and spices in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, maple syrup and melted coconut oil.

Bowl the liquid over the oats and mix well to combine and coat all the oats.

As evenly as possible, spread the mixture onto two parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every minutes.

Once removed from the oven, stir in half the chocolate. This creates some pretty awesome chocolately clusters. Once cooled completely, add the rest of the chocolate.