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As every year when the Holiday season arrives I like having cool ideas of edible gifts for my beloved ones. I think it's a nice thing to do, it shows you care and love them and they appreciate it a lot.

Don't know if it happens to you as well but when I think of Ferrero Rocher chocolates it reminds me of Christmas straight away. It's the typical treat that cannot be missed around these dates, that distinctive chocolate and hazelnut flavour... So that's why I got inspired to make this granola although you can of have it all year round, and of course it is made with non refined stuff, only nutritious and healthy ingredients. 

You probably have already noticed I'm quite a fan of glass jars and gifts with jars. On previous years I posted the apple butter recipe, also the chocolate truffles, there are so many options... I actually like using them because first of all they're made of glass which is a non toxic material, you can see what's inside, it preserves well, and after that you can give them another user like storing spices or other ingredients, pens and pencils, your toothbrush...

Plus, it's a non expensive gift since the jars are recycled, and I wanted to use stuff I have around the house to make it cute and pretty. I used some pieces of a sort of carton paper, some cord, a few dry eucalyptus leaves from an old bouquet, and the little brown balls you see that I found on the street underneath some trees.

This granola has become a big favourite at home, and given the little options of healthy muesli that we can find I started to make it myself, like this other with cranberries and walnuts that you can find on the blog. These amounts make 2 big batches so you will have either 2 big jars or containers or 5-6 small depending on the size.
They're made with gluten free cereal although you can use regular oats and others of your choice.



  • 2 cups gluten free or regular rolled oats 
  • 1 cup puffed brown rice 
  • 2 cups puffed amaranth 
  • 2 pinches of fine salt
  • 1/2 cup pure cocoa powder  
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or dark brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • Ground nutmeg 
  • 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract 
  • Optional: grated dark chocolate 


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Mix in a bowl the dry ingredients then add the liquid and stir it all well. You can use your hands and make little balls or rocks so they get crunchy.
  3. Prepare 2 oven trays with some silicon mats or baking paper and spread all the mixture well over it. Place in the middle of the oven.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes and monitor so they don't burn.
  5. Remove fro the oven and allow to cool completely before storing in the jars.
  6. You can have add up a gourmand touch by adding some grated dark chocolate.

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