Chocolate-Cherry-Hazelnut Granola

Ingredients:

• 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

• 1/2 cup hazelnuts (or any nut), roughly chopped

• 1/2 cup dried cherries

• 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

• 1/4 cup raw cacao powder

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 2 teaspoons cinnamon

• 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

• 6 Tbsp maple syrup

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• flakey sea salt and dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Place oats, nuts, cherries, pumpkin seeds, cacao powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and stir well.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.

  4. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.

  5. Evenly spread the granola onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes, stirring halfway.

  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate over granola (I used ~1/2 cup; this step is optional). Place back into the oven for 5 minutes and then remove.

  8. Use a spoon to toss everything together and sprinkle with flakey sea salt (optional).

  9. Put baking sheet in the fridge/freeze until the chocolate has set and clusters form.

  10. Store in a glass container in the fridge/freezer.