I’ve been eying this recipe for a long time. I actually tried it once a few weeks ago, but the granola came out as just a mix of oats and the other ingredients with no clumps. I did some research, made some changes, and came out with something that resembles more of a broken up granola bar. I could probably scale back on some of the things I added for maximum clumpiness, but it was delicious! Next time, I’ll add a little more salt and maybe a little dry sugar, too, for texture and a tiny bit more sweetness.
3 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (update: 1/2 tsp)
1/4 cup neutral oil (I used grapeseed oil)
3/8 cup agave nectar
Update: 1/2 tsp granulated white sugar
|Some of the bajillion hazelnuts I cracked to get a cup,
with the shells in the bowl to the right
|I figured out how to hold the hazelnut in the nutcracker
to minimize flying shells. I also covered this whole process
with a pillow, but some shells escaped.
|Cracked up hazelnuts|
First, toast your hazelnuts (after cracking them if they’re not already shelled, which is a HUGE PAIN). Put them on a cookie sheet for ~10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, remove the paperlike skins from the hazelnuts to the best of your abilities and chop/smash them into smaller pieces. Mix all the dry ingredients together (hazelnuts, oats, cocoa, sea salt).
Add the oat flour into the hot (almost boiling) water and stir very well. Add agave nectar, grapeseed oil, and flaxseed. Mix well and pour over dry ingredients.
|Oat flour–ground up oats in the spice grinder|
|This step is self explanatory|
Using your hands, bunch/mix it all up. I read that using your hands will help bunches form, though I definitely didn’t have any problems with that this time. I wore gloves so my hands didn’t get disgusting. Whisk the egg white lightly and add that in, again mixing by hand. Place onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, spreading evenly and pushing down with your hands. Cook at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 45 minutes.
|Forming clumps with my hands|
|Egg white ready to go in|
|Ready to go into the oven|
|Out of the oven to cool|
|After cooling, breaking it up into clumps|
|The finished product!|