Chocolate Hazelnut Granola – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

When I made up the name for this blog, I had no idea how fortuitous my pick would turn out to be.  I actually had another name altogether in my head, but as I was fairly certain that no one beyond my close family and friends would ever read it, it hardly mattered much what I called the darn thing.  So I figured that if this name didn’t stick, I could always change it to my original idea.  Little did I know how much this blog would grow and how much this name would resonate with people.  Daily, I find myself thankful that I chose the name I did.  I am forever getting emails and comments now where people say “I love the name of your blog, because I dream about food all day too!”.   I always did dream about food all day as it was, and now that it’s become my profession, I dream about food even more.   And I don’t just dream about food all day, I actually dream about it at night sometimes too.

The other night, I had a very vivid dream that I was making granola.  So vivid, I could almost smell and taste the granola I was making.  And naturally, I woke up hungry for granola.  I loved my Peanut Butter Power Granola and it must have stuck in my sub-conscious somehow, my mind making new variations.  The dream granola was apple cinnamon, and I may attempt that variation at some point because I recently found some apple flavouring that I want to try out.  But I had some hazelnuts in the cupboard that needed using and I’ve long been thinking of a chocolate granola and that’s where it all fell into place.  Chocolate Hazelnut Granola…like Nutella in your cereal bowl!

Remember when you were a kid and all the sugary cereals were at perfect kid eye-level at the grocery store?  And you so desperately wanted the Count Chocola because you heard it would turn your cereal milk chocolate,  but your parents wouldn’t even consider it for a moment?  Well now you get to live out that little childhood fantasy with no guilt whatsoever.  I like to put a little heavy cream in with this granola and mix it around to make it all chocolatey.  It’s like dessert for breakfast.  This is the sort of recipe that makes me love being on a low carb diet!

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: Approx 1/2 cup


  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener or granulated erythritol.
  • 1/2 tsp hazelnut extract
  • 20 drops stevia extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, process hazelnuts and almonds until they resemble coarse crumbs with some larger pieces. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in flax seed meal, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, butter, hazelnut oil and chocolate together until smooth. Stir in Swerve.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in hazelnut and stevia extracts.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over nut mixture and toss to combine, letting some clump together.
  6. Spread mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet and bake 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until beginning to crisp. Turn off oven and let sit for another 20 minutes or so. Keep a close eye on it to make sure it is not beginning to burn.


Serves 10. Each serving has 9.8 g of carbs and 5.5 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 4.3 g.

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  1. Chocolate in my breakfast? Yes please!!!! I’ll take a big bowl of it… because, it’s totally healthy, right? ;-)

  2. Katharine says:

    I was just searching for a low carb granola recipe 2 days ago!! I love my eggs for breakfast but have been trying to figure out some alternatives. I’m going to look into that peanut butter granola, too! (and I love the blog name….I feel like I spend most of my day thinking about what I’m going to eat next!).

  3. I have a similar story, except I went with a blog name that was an in-joke instead of a good, sensible name. And then when my blog started growing (surprise, it wasn’t just my family reading it!), I ended up changing it because it was a constant source of confusion.

    Anyway! I love that this recipe was inspired by a dream. Dessert for breakfast definitely sounds like a good dream to me. :)

  4. Two bowls for me please!!

  5. I am so making this!

  6. Wow! Chocolate and hazelnuts are just about my favorite combination. I don’t know why I haven’t had them for breakfast before.

  7. I’m so excited about this recipe! I made the Peanut Butter Flax Granola and loved it…what kind of hazelnut extract do you use?

  8. Carolyn – this sounds fantastic – a healthy way to get your Nutella fix!

  9. I totally love this granola- not only delicious but also healthy. Will be perfect for breakfast before school ;)

  10. It’s so funny you dreamt about it and then had to make it! It looks great.

  11. Oh my chocolate granola! Heaven!! Simply heaven!

  12. YUMM!! I love that ” nutella in a bowl” … this is one great recipe :)

  13. talk about a fabulous recipe! healthy without sacrificing flavor! perfect…

  14. This granola looks incredible! Can’t go wrong by having chocolate to start your day! Yummy! :)

  15. YUM! I have been craving something chocolatey that I don’t have to feel guilty about! Thanks for this!

  16. I can definitely see this being a part of my morning yogurt & granola routine!

  17. Robyn Warnell says:

    This looks wonderful! Where might one find hazelnut oil? Any suggestions for a substitute if it’s not readily available? Thanks!

  18. I am loving all the combinations of ingredients and flavors in this! Yum!

  19. Great recipe! What’s the best way to store?? Fridge/Freezer??


  20. Any reason xylitol wouldn’t work as a sweetener? That’s what I have a lot of.

  21. Would this work without the flax seed meal…maybe almond meal instead? I have a flax allergy but this sounds yummy!

  22. Could you leave the sweetener out entirely? I don’t like sweet cereals. And I desperately need a breakfast I don’t have to cook. Thanks!

  23. Super impressed! Trying to eat less carbs so my strength training will show through and this looks a perfect alternative to store bought high carb breakfast options. My only question is if and how long it would keep in an air tight container? X

  24. Miss Wong says:

    OMG….this is soooooo good and delicious. Just made a batch. I think also very good for sprinkle some on top of some home made lowcarb porridge. Definitely thumb up !!!

  25. Would you be able to use honey or agave nectar instead as the sweetener? Instead of granulated erythritol.

    • sure!

      • I couldn’t find hazelnut extract at any of my local grocery stores or whole foods and I was already planning on subbing butter for the hazelnut oil, I did get hazelnuts though! Do i absolutely need the extract for taste or is there another extract i can sub?

  26. Hi Carolyn,
    I absolutely love this granola! I make it quite often, but since I am the only one eating it in my family, it lasts quite long, definitely some weeks ;)
    By chance, do you remember also the values for fat and protein, for this recipe? I know it was published a long time ago and maybe you do not know anymore….but I do not have any program or app to do the calculations all by myself :-( (and I’m trying to keep track of all I eat, since I struggle to lose weight…)
    Thanks a lot anyway!

  27. I was super excited to make this a few weeks ago. Thought I would love it. Unfortunately, I found it very mediocre. Still have some left, probably will end up tossing the rest. It was “pretty good”, just not great by any means.

    • I’m sorry you feel that way but many readers loved it. To each his own, I guess.

      • I didn’t mean to cause hurt feelings! I’ve been low-carbing for 20 years or so, and have collected hundreds and hundreds of recipes. I just know that I appreciate reading all comments about a recipe, good and bad, before I decide to put time and effort into making it. Maybe I was SO expecting to love this, and that is why I was disappointed. To be very honest, my family didn’t love it either. : ( I’m glad to read others did though.

        • No hurt feelings here, I know not everyone is going to love everything. I just feel that a “poor review” needs some response. In this particular case, I know that other readers have liked it a lot and it wasn’t an error or a poor recipe.

  28. Made this today – AMAZING. I literally stood at my oven eating it out of the pan… I’m a danger around granola, should have thought twice about making this! Thanks Carolyn! :D

  29. Just made this last night. It’a to die for!! I never thought I’d be able to get that cereal taste for breakfast in the morning, but this is delicious and doesn’t come with the guilt of carb filled cereals. Thank you for this recipe! I will be making it every couple weeks now. I used half xylitol and half swerve sweetener. I also added some chopped up sugar free chocolate chips for a little extra deliciousness. :)


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