Chocolate Orange Granola - a healthy breakfast treat that tastes totally decadent! An extra nutty crunch comes from toasted hazelnut and flax seeds #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast #granola | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 12.10.2018

Chocolate Orange Granola

prep: 15 mins / cook: 45 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 60 mins / quantity: 20 portions (approx.) Print recipe?

Treat yourself to a chocolate orange granola breakfast heaven!

This chocolate orange granola is a healthy breakfast treat that tastes totally decadent! An extra nutty crunch comes from toasted hazelnuts and flax seeds!

We eat SO much granola in our house.  Most work days Phil’s favourite breakfast is overnight oats and even on weekends we often have porridge now the weather is turning colder.  But all of them have a liberal sprinkle of granola – it could be this Peanut Butter Granola or even this Gingerbread Granola for our festive breakfasts!

Chocolate Orange Granola - a healthy breakfast treat that tastes totally decadent! An extra nutty crunch comes from toasted hazelnut and flax seeds #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast #granola | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

But isn’t chocolate and orange and absolute match made in heaven?  And Pip and Nut have taken it one step further with their Choc Orange Almond Butter.  Yep, you read that right.  Kinda one of those things you can’t believe didn’t already exist.  And it’s out of this stratosphere good.

Chocolate Orange Granola - a healthy breakfast treat that tastes totally decadent! An extra nutty crunch comes from toasted hazelnut and flax seeds #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast #granola | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

I’ve paired this chocolate orange granola heaven with extra nutty hazelnut crunch, yummy little flax seeds and quinoa puffs.  Just because.

Chocolate Orange Granola - a healthy breakfast treat that tastes totally decadent! An extra nutty crunch comes from toasted hazelnut and flax seeds #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast #granola | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

I also couldn’t resist adding some extra raw cacao powder.  If you’ve never tried this amazing stuff you’re honestly missing out.  Unlike its cheaper counterpart, cocoa powder, it’s not heat treated, keeping all those wonderful heart healthy antioxidants firmly intact.  It’s also got a much richer, even more chocolatey flavour with no added nasties or sugar.  Just natural cacao goodness!

Chocolate Orange Granola - a healthy breakfast treat that tastes totally decadent! An extra nutty crunch comes from toasted hazelnut and flax seeds #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast #granola | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Chocolate Orange Granola

prep: 15 mins / cook: 45 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 60 mins / quantity: 20 portions (approx.)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (80g) unpeeled hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup (50g) coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup (90g) Pip and Nut Chocolate Orange Almond Butter
  • 1/4 cup (70g) agave or maple syrup
  • 2 + 1/2 cups (250g) rolled oats
  • 2 tblsp raw cacoa powder
  • 2 tblsp flax seeds
  • 1 cup (35g) quinoa puffs (we love these from Hodmedods)
  • 1 orange - grated zest only
  • 1/2 cup (100g) dairy free chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 Fan / 200 C / 400 F / Gas 6 and line a large tray with a silicon mat or a piece of baking parchment
  2. On a smaller tray put the hazelnuts and toast in the oven for 15 minutes
  3. While they're cooking gently melt the coconut oil in a saucepan then whisk in the choc orange almond butter and syrup (agave or maple)
  4. In a large bowl put the oats, cacao powder, flax seeds, quinoa puffs and orange zest and give it all a good stir
  5. Once the hazelnuts are out of the oven allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before rubbing together between your hands to remove the skin - I don't tend to be overly fussy when doing this!!  Roughly chop and add to the oat mixture
  6. Stir the oil/nut butter mixture into the oats, making sure everything is well mixed together, pour onto your prepared large tray and bake for 15 minutes
  7. Take out of the oven and carefully give a quick stir - bringing the mix around the edge into the centre and pushing the centre out to the edges.  Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes
  8. Leave to cool completely before stirring in the chocolate chips and storing in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks (can also be stored in the fridge)
Chocolate Orange Granola

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