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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Granola with Raspberries

Summer Yule
This granola is a cut above the rest because it is bound with banana, with no added sugar!



5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 221 kcal

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 cups coconut flakes, unsweetened (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 1 cup rolled oatmeal, dry
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup freeze-dried raspberries (I used Trader Joe's brand)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 275°F (135°C).
  • Combine all ingredients except the raspberries in a mixing bowl.
  • Spread the mixture out evenly on a large baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. It makes the house smell wonderful!
  • The granola is done cooking when it is golden brown. It will continue to crisp as it cools.
  • After removing the granola from the oven, stir in the raspberries. Not baking the raspberries allows them to retain their beautiful color.
  • When cool, store the granola in lidded canning jars in the refrigerator. Enjoy! Makes approximately 12 ½-cup servings.

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Granola (even this no added sugar granola) tends to be packed with high-calorie ingredients, making it an energy-dense food. That’s great if you have high calorie needs due to an active lifestyle or just being a teenager. On the other hand, it is not the best choice for weight loss.
If you have a weight loss goal, instead of snacking on granola alone, pair it with high-volume, low-calorie foods and make it a meal. Fill a small bowl with chopped fruit and plain Greek yogurt, and have a single serving of this granola on top. It is extremely easy to eat an excessive amount of granola if it is not measured out.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal
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