Toasted Honey And Hazelnut Granola
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Serves: makes approx. 5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats (or gluten-free rolled oats)
  • 1 cup roasted and skinned hazelnuts, divided
  • ⅓rd cup honey
  • 3-4 TBSP light brown sugar, depending on how sweet you like it (I prefer it with 3)
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt, scantly measured
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • .........
  • Optional add-ins: 1-2 TBSP hemp, flax, or chia seeds // ¼-1/2 tsp cinnamon, ginger, or other spices // chopped dried fruit such as apricots, raisins, cherries, or finely chopped chocolate (stir in at the end of baking once granola has cooled)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F., and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silpat.
  2. Roughly chop half of the hazelnuts, and add them to a large mixing bowl. With the other half of the nuts, chop them very finely, or add them to a food processor and pulse them until very finely and evenly chopped. Add to the bowl with the rest of the hazelnuts.
  3. To the same bowl, add the oats, brown sugar, and salt, and mix to combine. If you're adding any of the optional add-ins (besides dried fruit or chocolate), mix them in now.
  4. Stir in the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, mixing until everything is evenly combined. Dump the mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet, and spread into an even layer, pressing firmly so the granola will form nice clusters as it bakes.
  5. Bake on the center rack for 20-30 minutes, or until the oats are lightly golden in color. After ten minutes, give the granola a stir, then press it firmly into an even layer again before returning to the oven. How long the granola takes to bake will depend a lot on your oven, so keep a close eye on it!
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, without stirring. Once cool, break the granola into clusters. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three weeks.
Notes
To make this granola gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats, and gluten-free vanilla extract.

You can find my tutorial on how to roast and skin hazelnuts,
HERE. UPDATE: since writing this, I've discovered a new way to skin hazelnuts that's even easier. You can check out the new tutorial, HERE.
Recipe by Will Cook For Friends at https://www.willcookforfriends.com/2015/12/toasted-honey-and-hazelnut-granola.html