If you are thinking about giving your friends edible gifts for the holidays this year, you should include this lebkuchen chocolate granola. It is inspired by a lebkuchen chocolate that I tried recently. I had no idea that lebkuchen (the German version of gingerbread) and chocolate go together so well, especially if the chocolate is a rich, dark one. The warm spices and the aromatic chocolate complement each other so well! Seriously, we should put lebkuchen spices and chocolate into everything and have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Okay, well. Maybe let’s start with breakfast and snacks. Because this warming, crunchy, and fragrant granola that comes with a decent helping of chocolate and roasted nuts is quite addictive. You are probably going to snack on it all day long. And a word of warning if you are planning on giving this away as a present: Make a double batch or you might feel tempted to keep it all for yourself.
The recipe for this lebkuchen chocolate granola is very versatile. If you don’t have dark agave nectar, you can use maple or rice syrup. Instead of the brown sugar, you can use coconut sugar or whatever you like. Instead of hazelnuts use almonds or pecans. It really doesn’t matter as long as they are roasted. Gluten-free flakes should be fine, too. For the spices I used a store bought lebkuchen blend but a gingerbread blend works just as well. If you are looking for an authentic lebkuchen blend though and cannot find one, I included my recipe below.
A little note on the salt: I went for a whole 1/2 teaspoon and I thought this really added to the flavour and made the granola even better. But feel free to reduce it to 1/4 teaspoon.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F). Combine all ingredients except for hazelnuts and chocolate and mix well. Spread on the baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Add hazelnuts, mix well and bake for another 7 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in chocolate. When the chocolate is melted (after 2-3 minutes) mix again and let cool completely. Transfer to a glass jar.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).
Combine all ingredients except for hazelnuts and chocolate and mix well.
Spread on the baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
Add hazelnuts, mix well and bake for another 7 minutes.
Remove from heat and mix in chocolate.
When the chocolate is melted (after 2-3 minutes) mix again and let cool completely.
Transfer to a glass jar.
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Mmhhh… da könnte ich ja gleich drauf los knuspern!
Ich esse morgens immer warne Haferflocken und streusel mir gerne etwas knuspriges darüber. Da kommt dein Rezept sehr gelegen zur Weihnachtszeit.
Liebe Grüße, Ingrid
Das mit den warmen Haferflocken ist eine sehr gute Idee, vor allem im Winter!
This sounds beautiful! I am always looking for new granola recipes to rotate through as I often have it on cashew yoghurt for breakfast. This one sounds like a special treat!
Cashew yoghurt? Do you make that yourself?
Lovely! I have only made granola a few times but I really should make it more. It would certainly make a great gift.
Yes, it does! I often make granola as a gift.
Oh, this is terrific! If I made it, I would be sorely tempted to keep it all for myself.
You think like me. I like that.
Sounds delicious – I have had chocolate covered lebkuchen, though mostly when I have bought it, it just comes dusted in icing sugar I think! I like the sound of this granola and would be very happy if anyone gave it to me for Christmas