SRC: Nutella Chocolate Chunk Granola

Nutella Chocolate Chunk Granola

by Holly on May 7, 2012

Well, I’m late for the first time on my Secret Recipe Club post… which I’ve now noticed was the last time I posted in the past month too! Yikes!!!  It’s my first time being late and I owe a huge apology to Anne at Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy for not having this written and ready to post.

Good intentions and all that, you know. I have no excuse, especially since I made and photographed the recipe within a day of receiving my assignment! All I can say is that the past month has felt like I have been sleepwalking through my days and they are all one big blur. Today just absolutely snuck up on me.

Anyway, when I was going through Anne’s blog trying to decide what I would make I kept coming back to her recipe for Hot Chocolate Granola.  I make a lot of granola at our house, but for some reason it hadn’t really sunk in that I could coat my granola with chocolatey goodness. ‘Nuff said.

I’m pretty sure that my modifications really chipped away at the healthy factor of the original recipe, so if you want a healthier version, then Anne’s version is the way to go. I was more looking for a treat style granola in this case that I could use to really dress up some parfaits. This chocolate filled, Nutella coated granola, sprinkled on some good vanilla yogurt and layered with fruit would be a great addition to your Mother’s Day plans and is easy and fun for kids to put together.

The original recipe is filled with oats, puffed cereals for bulking things up and some cocoa powder to get the chocolate effect. Anne’s family has to watch for nut allergies so my version ends up being a departure since we love nuts and love to bulk up our granola with them. I’m sure her original recipe is fantastic as is though so if you are looking for a nut free version, make sure you go and check it out!

I took the base and switched out a few things for what we usually have on hand and like in our granola. I increased the amount of rolled oats, added nuts, kept the flax but added some almond meal and quinoa flakes, increased the cocoa powder, used agave instead of honey, and added in a fair amount of slightly melted Nutella to coat everything. When it was all cooled I chopped a couple of bars of really good quality chocolate into chunks and tossed that in with the granola. This is a much more decadent version of the granola I usually make and I consider it to be more of a treat or dessert type of sweet than a daily breakfast kind of thing, but either way this is definitely the most chocolatey granola I’ve ever made. I can’t wait to experiment more!


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Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy May 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

So glad you enjoyed the granola – love the Nutella twist! Jealous of all the yummy nuts 🙂

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Isabelle @ Crumb May 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’m going to pretend that your version of this granola is still really healthy… because it’s granola, and everyone knows that the healthiness of granola overrides all that gorgeous delicious chocolatey goodness, right? 🙂 (And who doesn’t want to have chocolate chips for breakfast, when it comes down to it?)
Gorgeous photos, BTW. If I could dive into that spoonful of granola and yogurt, I totally would!

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Noelle (@singerinkitchen) May 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

This looks super delicious! I really want a cup of this like NOW. Nice choice and beautiful pics too!

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Ginny May 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

This is fabulous!!! I am going to make this…let me check the pantry…yep…TODAY!!!!! Sorry you’ve had a rough month…hope it gets better!

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kim May 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

this sounds delicious! I am always looking for ways to use Nutella, so I don’t just eat it straight out of the jar.

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

oh goodness, this looks fantastic. i’ve seen several recipes today for chocolate granola. it must be a sign! 🙂

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Great pick. Now you’ve got me craving chocolate granola.

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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies May 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I think it’s pretty ridiculous that I’ve never made granola. Granola with nutella? You had me at hello. Time to change my granola-making status.

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook May 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I don’t even know what to say except that this would be VERY dangerous in my house 🙂

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sara May 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

This granola looks SO tasty! Love those chocolate chunks…super tempting!

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susie May 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Vanilla ice cream please, and a scoop of this! Fantastic!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

You just put Nutella in granola! I am in heaven!

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Spencer May 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try some. I reckon it would be the perfect way to start the day!

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Kim Bee May 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Okay I think this is the first time we’ve met so excuse my exuberance when I confess my undying love for you right now. This is genius. You could not have picked a better recipe for SRC. Now run away with me and make this for me every day.

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Mom Photographer (@MomPhotographer) May 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

that sounds like my kind of granola! 🙂

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Ginny May 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Told ya I was going to make it right away!!! Now I cannot stop eating it! I can actually hear myself getting fatter (name that movie). But OMG. It’s worth every new dimple on my thighs.

http://cookingwithchopin.blogspot.com/2012/05/nutella-chocolate-chunk-granola.html

THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING ME TO THIS!!!!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

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Holly May 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

Wow!! I LOVE it!!!! (and now it’s bugging me because I know I’ve seen the movie you’re talking about and it’s stuck in my head! Put me out of my misery! 🙂 You are AWESOME! Thanks for making my recipe!

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Dee May 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Oh my! What a creative take on granola. It looks so yummy! I just moved out to Utah, and JUST started my very own blog. I can’t wait to see what you and some of the other Utah bloggers have in store! I can’t wait to be a part of the Utah blogging community 🙂

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Holly May 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

Hi Dee! Welcome to Utah! Have you already found our other site for food bloggers here in Utah? It’s at http://pioneerpalate.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by! I read your blog and my daughter (and I) are going through those same intolerance issues now! She can’t have wheat or dairy. I’m glad we know from the start, but it’s quite the challenge! Good luck to you! I look forward to meeting you!

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Katrina May 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

My latest post is for Banana Split Granola. Love granola. Almost can’t get enough or try enough flavors. I’ve made a chocolate one before, but why oh why hadn’t I thought of Nutella. Must try so very soon!

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