Something crunchy.

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I am not much of a baker, but there is something so wonderful about having the apartment smell like cinnamon and coffee. It puts you in such a good mood.

Autumn and winter are my favourite seasons. The vibrance of the trees, the slight nibble in the air, the snow, the rosy cheeks, all of it. I have a recipe that will give you all the cozy and autumnal vibes. It’s easy to make and will leave your home smelling divine.

I love eating this by the handful, with milk, with yogurt, or putting it on top of a smoothie bowl. This recipe is very flexible, so use what you have. :)

Cacao Hazelnut Granola

Ingredients

2 cups oats

1 cup chopped hazelnuts (or almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, any nut)

Handful of pumpkin and sesame seeds (or any seeds you like/have)

2-3 heaping tablespoons cacao powder (depends on how dark you like your chocolate, I put 3)

Handful of shredded coconut (optional, but really nice)

3-4 tablespoons maple syrup (or any liquid sweetener)

A good pinch of salt

3 tablespoons olive oil (or melted coconut oil, sunflower, rapeseed, canola, the coconut and olive oil will give a stronger flavour)

1-2 heaped teaspoons ground coffee (trust me, it brings out the chocolate flavour)

1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional, but a nice addition if you have it)

Method

Preheat oven to 165 C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a big bowl add the oats, nuts, seeds, salt, cacao, and coffee. Mix.

In a smaller bowl, add the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla, if using. Mix together well and add to the big bowl.

Mix REALLY well so that the dry mixture is well-coated with the wet mixture. Use your hands if it feels easier :)

Spread on the baking tray in a single layer. Put in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Take it out and give the granola a good stir with a spoon.

Put it back in the oven for another 7-10 minutes until it is golden and smells nice and toasted. Keep an eye on it to make sure it does not burn. When it is finished, take it out and let it cool.

Store in a container for a week or so and enjoy! :)

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