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Chunky Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

Chunky Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

This granola is insanely indulgent, and makes a great gift! 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups crispy brown rice cereal or Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup blanched hazelnuts, coarsely chopped see notes
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup neutral-flavored oil
  • 1/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut liquor (optional) such as Frangelico
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup bitter-sweet chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Combine the oats, crispy rice cereal, hazelnuts, and coconut in a large bowl. 

  3. Combine the oil, sugar, honey or maple syrup, hazelnut liquor (if using), and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the oat mixture and toss to coat evenly. 

  4. Spread the granola on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until it is toasted and golden-brown. Do not stir! (Check the granola after 20 minutes, and if it seems to be browning quickly, turn the oven down to 300.)

  5. Let the granola cool completely, then break it into chunks and stir in the chocolate. 

Recipe Notes

If you can't find blanched hazelnuts (I got mine at Costco), you can toast skin-on hazelnuts and then rub them in a clean kitchen towel. The skins should (mostly) come off.