Last week, when I was devouring one of the Roasted Hazelnut-Orange & Chocolate Granola Bars, I couldn’t help but think of how incredibly delicious they would be broken up into small pieces in a pretty bowl, with cold milk, and a cup of coffee on the side, of course.
I was right. And there you have it.
P.S. Though this recipe is very similar to the granola bar recipe, the ingredients and instructions are not quite the same . . . so please read on.
- 1½ cups roughly chopped hazelnuts
- 2 cups oats
- 1½ cups Bob's Red Mill Hazelnut Meal/Flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup golden brown sugar
- Zest from 3 medium-sized Naval oranges (about 2-1/2 tablespoons)
- Juice from 2 medium-sized Naval oranges (about ½ cup)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Mini semisweet chocolate chips if desired (it's a good idea!)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and place the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. When the oven is preheated, roast them until they are very aromatic and the skins are cracking, about 5 minutes. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes, and then they can be rubbed together in your hands, or in a dish towel, and the skins should flake away. (Some tiny bits of skin will remain, and that's okay.) Roughly chop the nuts and set them aside.
- Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F, and a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the oats, hazelnut meal, and salt. Mix and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, sugar, orange zest and juice, honey, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
- Add the dry ingredients and roasted, chopped hazelnuts to the butter mixture and mix until everything is evenly blended.
- Pour the granola mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheets. Use a flat-bottomed metal spatula to flatten out the top surface. It should be about ½-inch thick and cover the sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated 350 degree F oven, and roast until it's a dark golden brown, about 30 minutes.
- Let it cool on the baking sheet until it's very hard, about 30 minutes.
- Break and/or crumble the granola into the size pieces you like. (I like a mix of big and small chunks.)
- Serve with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips on top if desired. (As you can see, I desired them.)
If you are gluten-free, make sure the oats you use say they're gluten-free.