Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

It was the holidays.  You’ve likely eaten stuff that your brain didn’t want to, but your taste buds definitely did.  And sometimes your taste buds won the battle.  I escaped relatively unscathed.  I live with 5 cats and I eat what I bring into the house – because not one of the cats has ever taken the initiative to do the grocery shopping.  For this I am profoundly thankful.  Who knows what I’d be eating if one of them ever did.  So as long as I make it around the grocery store without any of the scary stuff clambering into my basket, I’m good once I make it home.  Phew.  However, I totally understand that living with other humans, particularly small ones, can make the holiday season a food minefield – especially if they tag along to the store.  Don’t despair!

Whatever *inSANEity hijacked your brain over the seasonal celebrations, just know that all is not lost.  At all.  Depending on how inSANE your holidays were, you may not have even suffered any fat-gain anyway.  Despite my fleeting moments of inSANEity, my body just kept right up with neutralizing the junk.  It’ll do that once you get unclogged – it’s awesome.  Whether your body rebelled or not though, we can just hop back on board the *SANE Express and be chugging down the path to fat-loss and health in no time.

One thing that will surely help a whole heck of a lot is having a bunch of recipes at your disposal to make it easy.  Like this one for Chocolate Hazelnut Granola.  You can grab the recipe for that fabulous Chocolate Yogurt Supreme pictured with it here.

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

See??

While everyone else you know will be eating a few mouthfuls of fat-free, tasteless food that promises to transport them to weight-loss nirvana as they pound on the treadmill for hours and hours every other day, you’ll be having a chocolate-fest and doing 10 minutes of eccentric exercise once a week.

Oh yeah!  Life is good.

5.0 from 1 reviews

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts, skins removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup raw, slivered almonds
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 8 TBSP whole flax seeds
  • ⅔ cup sugar-free chocolate syrup
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup cocoa nibs
Instructions
  1. Mix all the nuts and seeds together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the oil and syrup and mix very well, ensuring everything is evenly coated in the oil & syrup.
  3. Spread evenly on a baking sheet in a ½” thick layer.
  4. Bake at 300F in the center of the oven (about 40 minutes) until deep golden brown, stirring and re-spreading every 10 minutes to ensure even coloring.
  5. Remove from over and allow to cool completely.
  6. Add cocoa nibs, stir well and store in an air-tight jar.

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

 

 

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

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Ladyp1234 - Your encouragement and enthusiasm is just what I needed. I’d been telling myself that the slip ups didn’t matter but it’s so much more reassuring to hear it from someone else. And the great thing about sane food is that I know it makesme feel better so I surprise myself by keeping going! Despite my brain getting confused with the old habits of thinking that starches and sweets will make me feel better!
Thank you

carrie - Hurrah, Lady P!! The longer you are SANE, the less your brain will try and confuse you into thinking starches and sweets make you feel better. Keep on keepin’ on – you can do it!!!

Tracy - I have asked you before about the sugar free syrup. Why would this with artificial sweetener be considered Sane? Is raw honey sane?

carrie - Hi Tracy – I responded to your last question on sugar-free syrup. Artifical sweeteners are not considered SANE, they are neutral. Honey of any kind is inSANE. The body treats honey just like sugar. Hope that helps!

allisol - I made this granola this weekend. Nice and easy! A few comments… as always. :) For one, the recipe left out when to put in the coconut. I am a smart woman so I added it in with the nuts. For two, who knew that hazelnuts were filberts? Thankfully the guy at the store knew cause I did not!

I learned that coursely crushing hazelnuts is easier w/ the food processor. I should have just done that for a few seconds. Instead I used the ziplock-bag-and-pound-with-a-glass technique. That doesn’t work so well when your husband is trying to watch football in the adjoining room.

Once the granola was finished I wanted to try some but I had already OD’d on chocolate yogurt for the day so I just had some in a bowl with almond milk, the way I used to eat granola. It was…eh. I think that wasn’t the right application.

This morning I had it with the chocolate yogurt and it was tasty tasty. It was a fantastic crunch with lots of nice flavors, it held up very well in the yogurt (no mushy granola by the end) and it was very very filling. A thumbs up, for sure.

I did notice that I was rather…tooty. I guess those whole flax seeds will do that to you? Or the nuts? It was quite the household conversation for the rest of the night last night. If you are having it for the first time I wouldn’t recommend it before a dinner party or something.

So yet another good option from Carrie. You are so very good to us!

carrie - OK Allison – I was just logging off my email and I saw your comment come in and then I had to log back into my blog because I was laughing so hard I had to say something. You kill me. Coconut is a nut so in my mind it got put in the bowl with the other nuts and seeds, but maybe that’s just me? Thank heavens for guys at the store!!! I think you owe him granola now. I chopped the filberts with a knife, but that’s probably just me too. Plus, everything is easier if you only have cats :-) I ate Salmon Burgers yesterday and was very glad I only have cats, for the same reason you won’t eat granola before a dinner party. Who knew? I AM going to bed now.

allisol - OMG did I really just post for the world to see that I didn’t know that a coconut was a nut? Really? That’s just wonderful. In my defense, all the other nut items were brown and roundish. The coconut looked like someone took a pocketknife to a bar of soap. So there was no nut resemblance. Perhaps if I had the whole coconut fresh from the tree sitting on my counter it might have dawned on me. Probably not, but perhaps.

Thanks for the warning about the salmon burgers. I’ll add it to the “not before a dinner party” list.

carrie - Next time, when you use a whole coconut, please viedo the process for us so we can learn, Allison :-)

Claudia - Hi Carrie. I feel like I am always asking you stupid questions. So, here is another one. Store in air tight jar, but at what temperature? I was thinking since it’s made up of a bunch of nuts (that can go rancid), that I should place in the freezer or at least a cool, dark cabinet? Where do you keep your finished product?

The recipe hit the spot! My 5 year old came out of his bedroom and asked, “What is that amazing smell?” Now, that is a compliment!!
Thanks again!
Claudia

carrie - Claudia – there is no such thing as a stupid question! I keep mine in the ‘fridge in summer, kitchen cupboard in the winter. IT typically doesn’t last long enough to go rancid :-) Glad your 5 year old was impressed!!!

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danielle - Hi Carrie thank you for all your time and energy sharing all these amazing recipes! we are just getting sane and loving it. our goal is to eat whole, nutritous dense foods. do you have any alternatives to the sugar free chocolate syrup?

Stefanie - Whatever is a cocoa “Nib”?

carrie - Hi Stefanie! Cocoa nibs are cocoa beans that have been crushed into small pieces.

Jon - Hi, do you have a brand of sugar-free chocolate syrup and coconut oil so i can look and see if i find something close to it in Norway? This just looks to good to be untryed. :) great site. Thanks for sharing.

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