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!

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

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!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld



  • 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.
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Does granola cure all hunger? 

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    77 thoughts on “Hazelnut Espresso Granola

    1. When is your cookbook coming out? Seriously, Arman, this is not a platitude, I really think you would have a bestseller. I just polished off my first microwave english muffin. Two thumbs up! I made the pale version because I have almond meal. I must admit, prior to setting it in the microwave I had my doubts. I thought perhaps I had messed something up. But, two and a half minutes later…voila! How on earth did you come up with this? I would never have imagined almond meal, egg, and pumpkin could combine to make something resembling a bread product? This will become a staple in my kitchen. Merci beaucoup!
      Have a terrific week!

    2. OMG THIS is the breakfast of champs (even the hungover ones)- this sounds amazing, Arman! I have a friend who is addicted to granola, coffee & chocolate so I think we have a winner…because let’s be honest, who doesn’t like hazelnuts (allergic folks excluded)!

      My pancake & omelet flipping skills have gotten better- I find that I just need to be patient until the middle starts bubbling and then we are in business!

    3. My heart is set on making this as soon as humanly possible. This is exactly MY flavour. Love the idea! Genius!
      I am the world’s worst pancake flipper! That’s actually how I “invented” the tit bake. It was originally supposed to be a pancake recipe. But as we already realized, we both have a thing for microwaving our food 😉

    4. I find that I HAVE to prepackage my granola or else it will be gone in less than 48 hours. Maybe that’s because it does cure all hunger…yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

    5. That’s a lot of recipes coming our way! Can I be taste tester? And you know what’s bizarre?! My granola insanity disappeared as quickly as it appeared. I haven’t had any in forever, but I totally blame that on the fact that I’ve been 100% obsessed with dates. Oh.em.geebus.

    6. Da-UDE!!! These pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS! You have no idea how hard I’m trying not to lick my computer screen…and I just had dinner! Lol! What a good (and forward-thinking) blogger you are to have granola on hand for such an instance. In mixed company, the longest I’ve taken photographing food was about twenty minutes, but we all know when I’m alone it’s a whole ‘nother story…I think an hour and twenty minutes is my record! Lol!

      I’m sure it’s safe to say I have some of the best pancake flipping skills. It’s all in the wrist. And you’ve got to commit to the flip…no half-assing it! 😉

      Granola cure hunger? Uhh, I have a second stomach when it comes to granola and trail mix…the hunger NEVER ENDS!!!

      1. Oh she did not….Come out of hiding to comment on here? Who are you 😉

        Missed you my broccoli. 1 hour and 20 minutes…..geebuz. I hope tastespotting sent you a meal for that. I can attest to your pancake skillZ. Those are beauties.

    7. My pancake flipping skills are awful… this morning I burned pancakes because I was too busy reading blogs to flip them haha. Anyway, I need this granola in my life. Can you just airdrop a granola care package to me on your way to Toronto? K thanks.

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