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Recipes, Special Diets on March 7, 2014 by

Natural New-Tella Granola

Whole foods are a new thing to my teenage niece, who has lived with us for the past year. I was able to transition her into whole grains, increase her fruit intake, and even get her to “like” salads. But for the level of exercise she now enjoys, her protein intake is still a bit deficient, particularly in the morning. Since she isn’t a fan of chomping on whole nuts or nut chunks, I decided to get a little creative by using hazelnut meal along with hearty oats and her favorite morning food, chocolate.

Natural New-Tella Granola | Bob's Red Mill

In this Nutella-inspired granola, the hazelnut meal blends seamlessly with the oats and natural chocolate coating for a delicious flavor without the overpowering presence of whole nuts. She LOVES it, and luckily, my husband and I do, too.

To note, I use certified gluten-free oats in this recipe to keep it gluten-free for my husband. I also use allergy-friendly chocolate chips for a dairy-free granola. If you want an even more wholesome option, feel free to substitute cacao nibs for the chocolate chips. It will yield a slightly less sweet, more dark chocolate-hazelnut granola.

Natural New-Tella Granola | Bob's Red Mill

Natural New-Tella Granola

Yield: 4-1/2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Method

Preheat your oven to 250ºF.

Place the oats and hazelnut meal in a large bowl, and toss to combine.

Place the sweetener, oil, cocoa, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl, and whisk until smooth.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the oat-hazelnut mixture, and stir until all the oats are well-coated.

Spread the uncooked granola onto a large baking sheet, pressing it into somewhat of a single layer.

Bake for 60 to 90 minutes, checking in to stir every 30 minutes. It should appear toasted, but not burnt, yet will still feel a bit soft (it will crisp up as it cools).

While the granola is still hot, gently stir in some or all of the chocolate chips (we usually add about half), just folding it in a few times; they will melt and “cluster” the granola just a little.

Once cool, stir any remaining chocolate chips into the granola.

Natural New-Tella Granola- Mocha and Vanilla options | Bob's Red Mill

Mocha Option (left)

You can add 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee to 1 tablespoon ground coffee (your favorite) depending on your desired intensity. Also, some dairy-free dark chocolate covered coffee beans would make a tasty addition in place of the chocolate chips.

Vanilla Hazelnut Option (right)

While I do love chocolate, I’m a devoted vanilla lover first and foremost. For my breakfasts, I decided to balance this dark chocolate yin flavor with a light yang cereal: Vanilla Hazelnut Granola.

Alisa Fleming, Go Dairy FreeAlisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa has three new books in the works, and is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Her dietary specialty is dairy-free, but she also has expertise in gluten-free and allergy-friendly.

 

 

Comments

Sherri Ford says:

I love granola!

Cara says:

I too am loving the hazelnut meal, though surprisingly I haven’t tried anything sweet just yet! I’ve got a few savory recipes we’re loving 🙂

Alisa says:

That sounds awesome – what savory ways are you using it Cara?

Maggie says:

Yum! What a great recipe, I love the vanilla option too! I’m looking forward to trying the hazelnut meal.

Hallie says:

So creative! I can’t wait to make this for my granola loving family. 🙂

Oh, yum!!! Chocolate AND hazelnut? Be still my heart!

Nice! Very creative, Alisa. Our girls love granola, and I think it’s just so perfect for nibbling – whenever! This version looks seriously good!! 🙂

Wendy says:

This looks so amazing Alisa! I love hazelnut but have never tried hazelnut meal or flour. I can’t wait to give it a try!

Alisa says:

It melts into the granola so wonderfully – I know you would love it Wendy!

Amy says:

Just made this and it is delicious! My three year old and I had it for breakfast 🙂

Alisa says:

That’s wonderful! So glad both you and your little one enjoyed my recipe Amy!

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