Saturday, December 7, 2013

Taking a walk through the autumn leaves and seeing beautiful colors of the season is a perfect way to spend the holidays. Luckily we've found the perfect snack to accompany you in this delicious granola! Whether you want a healthy breakfast, a quick snack on the go, or something to add a little zing to your yogurt, this is a great, healthy recipe!

I used coconut oil because I love it, primarily, but it’s also a very healthy oil. You can feel free to use whatever neutral oil (sunflower, vegetable etc) you like or have on hand.

-- Kelly Brisson, of The Gouda Life

Ingredients:
1 cup toasted hazelnuts, rough chopped
½ cup flaked coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
3 cups rolled oats
3 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp flaky sea salt
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
⅓ cup honey
½ cup dried sour cherries, rough chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325.

2. In a large bowl, mix the nuts, coconut, rolled oats and cocoa powder. Give it a good mix to make sure the cocoa powder is evenly distributed.

3. Mix the honey and the melted coconut oil until well combined. Add the wet ingredients and salt to the oat mixture and mix until everything is well combined.

4. Spread evenly on a foil lined baking sheet and pop into the oven for 20-30 minutes; stirring every 10 minutes to make sure the edges don’t burn. When it’s golden brown and crunchy, it’s all ready. Let it cool completely (this helps those big, wonderful ‘clumps’ of granola form) and then stir in the sour cherries. This delicious treat keeps for a few weeks in a sealed glass jar or Ziploc bag.

Thanks to Kelly Brisson, of The Gouda Life, we've found the perfect holiday granola to add to your recipe cards! This awesome mixture of nuts, fruits and other healthy ingredients combine to create a flavor explosion that will keep you wanting more. Take a gander at our holiday cookbook, Sugar and Spice, for this recipe and many more!

xo,
Ruche 

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