Michelle’s chocolate and hazelnut granola always gathers lots of interest when she posts photos on Instagram. So I thought it was about time that she write down the recipe and share it with our readers. That in itself was amusing as she does have a habit of adding a bit of this and that, indeed that’s something most of us are guilty of! Nevertheless sat down she did and worked out her perfect bowl of granola.
Being someone who enjoys granola and yoghurt in the mornings, Michelle decided to have a go at making her own so that she could make it exactly how she wanted. Essentially, she likes chocolate and hazelnut and on occasion throws in a handful of dried cranberries, if the fancy takes her. However, she is very clear on one thing, dried fruits should be added just before you serve. Baking the fruit along with the rest of the nuts and cereals only dries the fruit making it too hard to eat. Adding the fruit just before you sit down to eat results in plump juicy fruit being enjoyed.
Further this recipe is for guidance only, even so it gives you the ratios of oats to nuts and seeds. If you prefer pecans to hazelnuts, then substitute those instead. Adapt the recipe by adding your own preferred seeds and berries, in short make it your own.
Now, if I’m being entirely honest I really don’t do breakfast cereal of any kind, in fact I never had. However, I will happily sit and snack on this granola straight from the jar. Then this got me thinking, perhaps I need her to come up with a granola style bar as that’s something I would eat … watch this space!1