A few days ago Marnely tweeted that she was eating granola instead of Nutella. The first thing that came to my mind was “why can’t it be both?” You may think that adding Nutella to granola is crazy, but I often add nut butters to granola to help it “clump” together. I saw no reason why Nutella couldn’t do the same thing.
At first I was going to just use Nutella and not any other nut butters. I changed my mind because of all the sugar in Nutella. A variety of sugars gives the best consistency to granola, and if I went with all Nutella I wouldn’t be able to add more sugars. Well, I could.. but then I couldn’t even pretend that it was healthy. If you make your own hazelnut chocolate spread you could probably use just that without the granola becoming overly sweet. I used coconut sugar for the same reason, it’s not as sweet as regular granulated sugar. If you don’t have any on hand feel free to use regular sugar.
My little experiment worked out really well. The granola tastes like granola, but with just a hint of Nutella in the background. The dried cherries gave it a really nice burst of tartness too. I ate some with milk tonight and it was like having Nutella cereal. So good!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup puffed millet (or puffed cereal of your choice, I like millet because its small)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbs butter
- 1/4 cup Nutella
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, millet, cinnamon and salt together. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, heat the butter, Nutella, and almond butter. Stir until they are well combined and quite liquid. Remove from the heat and add the sugar and maple syrup. (This mixture tastes really good, by the way)
- Pour the butter mixture into the oat mixture. Stir until the oats are well coated.
- Pour the oat mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then stir and add the almonds. Bake for 20 minutes more.
- Let cool, then stir in the dried cherries.
26 thoughts on “Nutella and Sour Cherry Granola”
oh…my…god. Seriously this looks amazing! Curious about coconut sugar, I’ve never tried it! Now, are you Fedexing me this granola with the babka? Do you need my address? ;)
Seriously, how can you go wrong with Nutella in anything? what a great idea to incorporate it into granola. Sounds amazing!
Now this is the way to start the morning. I can’t think of a better combination of flavors in a granola.
A great way to start the day. Thanks for sharing.
Wow, all your recipes are so good. You have the variety indeed!
Excellent way to get a little more guilt-free Nutella into my diet! I love that stuff. Have you ever tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Butter from Justin’s? It’s Nutella, but healthier.
I don’t think it’s crazy at all! We used to add chocolate chips to my mum’s homemade granola while it was still hot out of the oven, and stir it around until it all became chocolatey. Why NOT Nutella???
I love the idea of nutella granola. I actually love the idea of adding nutella to just about anything! I also am going to start incorporating puffed millet. I am always the basic rolled oats kind of gal.
This looks and sounds really, really good. I’m going to try it with some of my homemade nutella!
That looks amazing! Anything with nutella is wonderful but this looks like the best way to start the morning
I love this! Coconut sugar and sour cherries! HELLO! (And of course the Nutella!)
All my favorite flavors in one bowl. Wowzer!
If I communicated I could thank you enough for this, I’d be lying.
Can I just say wow… That looks do good, I’m now glad that I finished the last of my granola last week so I can I make this recipe!! hehe!
I love new granola ideas! I’ve never added Nutella to mine before, but it does sound like the best of both worlds to me :)
Genius! Who doesn’t need another reason to eat Nutella?!
Nutella in granola…I love this plan. I can file my addiction under health food. ;)
Nutella and cherries. What a great combination!
This is the type of granola recipe you wouldn’t only save for breakfast….you’d want to eat for dessert after breakfast and every subsequent meal as well!
– 10:46 Too cute! And so easy. I’m going to be making this one for my wee girl. She’ll be thleirld and won’t mind at all that Halloween is already done.Following you from the Halloween Hop.
Nutella in granola. What a great idea! Beautiful photos too.
Nice mix of flavors here-nutella and cherries. Will have to try it. Thanks for posting.
What a great combination of ingredients! I’m going to have to try this one.
Yum! I love granola! I eat it alosmt every morning with greek yogurt and berries. I love making whole foods it just makes me feel so much better knowing what I am putting in my body, and in turn in my little one’s body Thanks for sharing and I hope you are feeling better!