Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Chunks-this granola is an extra special treat!

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope your day is filled with love and lots of sweets!

Because it is the day of love, I am making my Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate. It is the perfect granola for Valentine’s Day because there is chocolate involved and chocolate is a MUST today.

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this simple and sweet granola!

I adore hazelnuts. They are perfect in my eyes. I love the flavor and crunch they add to this granola.

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Great for breakfast, snack time, or dessert!

The granola also has oats and shredded coconut. It is sweetened with pure maple syrup and a touch of honey.

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this simple granola recipe!

When the granola is done baking, I stir in dried cherries and dark chocolate chunks. They add color and sweetness to the hazelnut granola.

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com LOVE this homemade granola recipe!

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate is good for breakfast, snack time, or dessert! I like to eat it by the handful, with a splash of milk, or stirred into yogurt. It is good any and every way!

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com

I am going to make a big batch of Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate today to share with neighbors and friends! It is the perfect granola for Valentine’s Day. Everyone deserves a little sweet treat! Put the granola in cute bags or jars, add a little ribbon and a note, and you are good to go! The perfect Valentine’s Day gift…and it’s so easy to make too!

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you are looking for other sweet treats to make today, here are a few of our favorites:

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Chunks Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com

Hazelnut Granola with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate

Hazelnut granola with dried cherries and dark chocolate chunks. This granola is great for breakfast, snack time, or dessert!
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon hazelnut extract
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

Instructions
 

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Slipat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine oats, hazelnuts, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, and hazelnut extract. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are well-coated.
  • 3. Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread granola into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Let granola cool completely. Stir in dried cherries and dark chocolate chunks. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month.
  • Note-If you can't find hazelnuts or don't care for them, you can use almonds. To make the recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free oats.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love how you threw the hazelnuts in there. It really takes this to a whole new level. Gourmet granola!

  2. I just made granola bars just like this! Oats, coconut, coconut oil, honey, dried cherries, dark chocolate, almonds, and PB. They are amazing!

  3. My hubby’s on a major granola kick right now. Whenever we eat breakfast out he orders granola each and every time without fail. He’d adore this, I’ll have to make time to make it for him.

  4. I made this for my son, age 35! He loves homemade granola. It was so good. I didn’t have any hazelnut flavoring so I just doubled the vanilla. He loved it . There isn’t any comparison between homemade and packaged granola. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I’ve found that granola is one of the few things my pregnant belly is doing okay with. So always happy for new recipes!

  6. 5 stars
    My husband and I really like this. He enjoys it plain as do I, but my favorite is using it along with fresh blueberries to mix in my plain greek yogurt.