Hazelnut Espresso Granola


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A delicious, healthy and nutritious granola recipe which has hints of espresso thanks to ground coffee added in the baking process! This granola is perfect for snacking or for breakfast and is gluten free, refined sugar free and has a vegan version!

Hazelnut Espresso Granola- A delicious, healthy and nutritious granola recipe which has hints of espresso thanks to ground coffee added in the baking process! This granola is perfect for snacking or for breakfast and is gluten free, refined sugar free and has a vegan version! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

Happy Sunday folks! 

Two. Granola recipes coming your way. 

Five. Pancake recipes coming your way.

Four. Stolen borrowed recipes from my mum coming your way.


Before you think I went on some successful flipping binge with the ‘cakes, hear me out. I had some friends over a couple of weekends ago and put out the question ‘what flavour pancakes would you like’ and threw them a list of flavours. Thinking I was some smart chicken, I thought they’d all go for the same flavour- the chocolate based one. The other six or so suggestions- I thought would sound too obscure or fancy schmancy for them. 


They each suggested a different flavour of choice

Why. WHY

There was no one to blame but myself. I should never have put it out there and just made one kind. 

Because I’m a man of my word, I took it upon myself to do just that- whip up three different flavours of pancakes (I already had 2 in the archives to post). There was one fine caveat though- These pancakes would not be eaten fresh from the pan. Nope. They would be eaten post photo shoot.


I take that back. 90% of it would be eaten post photo shoot. We all needed a taste test before it makes it on the blog- because recipe authenticity is a real thing here. 

The biggest lesson here wasn’t offering 6 flavours of pancakes to choose from. The biggest lesson was- Thank goodness for granola.

Thank goodness I made granola because my friends needed sustenance while I took my sweet time photographing three different pancakes. Let’s just say a solid hour later, my friends didn’t hate me- and I have to thank the granola for it. 


I made this granola for some random snacking throughout the week and it’s safe to say that won’t be happening because it’s now finished. I take that as a sign that it tastes pretty darn epic- that, or my friends just ate it for the sake of it.

The combination of adding coffee granules for a that bitter goodness we crave was one of my more genius ideas. I still had a decent amount of hazelnut butter after making these cookies. Sticking to the hazelnut theme, I decided to add hazelnuts as my nut to mix through. Very few nuts pair well with coffee but hazelnut is one which does- especially when you add some chocolate too. Before you think this granola is bitter or obscure- the coffee hit is subtle.


 Unlike the stink eye(s) my friends were giving me while I photographed their breakfast.

Hazelnut Espresso Granola

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A delicious, healthy and nutritious granola recipe which has hints of espresso thanks to ground coffee added in the baking process! This granola is perfect for snacking or for breakfast and is gluten free, refined sugar free and has a vegan version!



  • Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees Celsius. Line a large oven tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, instant coffee granules, salt and chopped hazelnuts.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the hazelnut butter with the honey until it just begins to bubble. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine until fully incorporated.
  • Spread out the granola mixture evenly on the lined oven tray and bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on the oven) until the edges start to go slightly golden. Remove from the oven and stir through the chocolate chips. Place back in the oven and continue to bake until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and add the whole hazelnuts. Once cooked, break up the granola and store in an airtight container.


* For a vegan version, sub for maple syrup
This granola can be kept for up to 4 weeks in an airtight container...but that's not possible. It's too good.
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Granola is dangerous to have in my household. Simply because I will eat…..ALL OF IT! Seriously I turn into this weird granola monster. lol

    I take waaaaay to long to take photos. I take like a hundred to get 3 pics. I’m still working on not overthinking it!

    1. Story of my life. This also happens with Nuts much too often that I don’t eat either anymore! I feel pretty good ever since I cut them out.

  2. My pancake flipping skills suck, which is why I make my pancakes in the oven in loaf form. Hard to make multiple favours, since I only have the one pan, so my friends just get one choice. I’m a tyrant like that.
    Also, I take way too long to on my food photos. Like it spans over multiple days. I make multiple batches of some of my recipes these days just so I can take more pics. It’s weird.

  3. Arman, your food photography gets better and better!! Good job!
    Unfortunately I cannot make granola because I have no self-control 😉
    Let me take a guess – one of the pancake flavours is red velvet??

  4. Yum – this looks awesome!! I like that you said the coffee flavor wasn’t too overpowering because I don’t drink (or like) coffee – I know it’s weird but….

  5. YUM!! I just put instant coffee in my chocolate PB granola this week and it was amazing! I can only imagine that this would be just an epic of a combo.

  6. This looks buff boy. I am loving granola at the moment, and one that has a coffee (loving coffee lately…) nutellaesque (yes that is a word…) flavour going on? Hello!

  7. I read your last question as, “Can granola cure all hangovers?” I think the answer is yes to both your question and the one that popped into my head 🙂

  8. I’m trying to decide if you were torturing your friends – the “blessing” of your friend/family member being a blogger – or if they were truly awesome. Because I know my family would NOT have accepted me taking my time with the photoshoot. They’re usually giving me the stank eye or starting to serve themselves before I can even get one decent picture. Hm … maybe I need to make some granola in advance next time. Though I will say homemade granola is a tough one with my non-granola-fiend [yes, they exist!] family.
    Granola doesn’t cure all hunger [at all?] for me but it’s pretty much amazing as is. I don’t know about the espresso here but oats + hazelnut butter + honey + chocolate are an insanely good combination already.

  9. You mean you weren’t snacking on Jujyfruits??!

    I’m loving all the hazelnuts in that granola, and I just want to pick them out and eat them first. Is that allowed? Thanks for including my granola recipe in your roundup!

    1. No, Lisa- I was not. I was snacking on the popcorn 😉

      That is definitely allowed…and of course. The addition of lavender was like a mannequin…of Elaine.

  10. I am a massive fan of home made granola and always have a batch made and on hand. I love that you added hazelnuts – I have never done so before and definitely will be adding them next time!

  11. I love the flavor combo you created here: coffee and hazelnuts. It’s epic, and I can’t wait to make this. The Hubby has a solid week off from school next week (hooray) and I’m absolutely putting this on his list. Of course, he has a list created by moi. Poor man, yet he loves me so. Must be all the monkey loving. Ha! 🙂

    1. Coming from the granola queen- that, my friend, is an epic compliment. Please bring him to Toronto. I want to meat him (eat meat with him).

      Oh and see you too. For cheese.

  12. That sounds delicious- love the idea of putting whole hazelnuts in there. Your photography looks gorgeous in this!! Haha and my pancake flipping skills are pretty 50/50 🙂 I really flopped it the other day. You win some, you lose some!! 😉

  13. Shooting recipes doesn’t take me that long because we are generally about to eat, and are starving. Also, I have no props or light box. It is mostly luck and magic when something actually looks tasty.
    I have a feeling that it isn’t just luck and magic for you. This indeed looks tasty. And you can bet that my husband would outlaw it as it would make me insufferably hyper.