Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola
This granola is not what I would classify as a healthy breakfast alternative. I would say that it falls into the sugar cereal family rather than the Ezekiel cereal family, but that’s ok. My philosophy when it comes to food is that it’s all about balance, and some days we want something healthy for breakfast, and some days we want something naughty like this granola! This granola is a cinch to whip up, as it only takes 30 minute tops, and requires only 6 simple pantry ingredients! Easy peasy!
This granola is addicting! So addicting that I find myself digging into my mason jar and grabbing handfuls all day long. I’ll be honest with you, this granola has become a bit of a bad habit in my house. I’ve been making it non-stop and we’ve been eating it non-stop. Hmmm… maybe it’s time for a kale salad and a green juice detox!
So, basically, if you love peanut butter, like really love peanut butter, and love chocolate, then you will adore this granola and you will become addicted like me…..
peanut butter chocolate chip granola:
recipe from the Minimalist Baker
- 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats, also called rolled oats – You can also make these gluten-free by using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats, 32 Ozgluten-free oats.
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (see my note below about measuring out coconut oil) – You can also use olive oil
- 1/4 cup creamy natural salted peanut butter – I love Maranatha nut butters
- 1/4 cup maple syrup – You can also use honey or agave syrup – I haven’t tried those with this granola, but I’m sure they work great!
- 1/3 cup (or more) bittersweet chocolate chips – I used Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate chips
Note: Coconut oil is not in liquid form like most oils, so to measure it out, you will need a dry measuring cup. Just scoop out the coconut oil with a spoon and press it into a 1/4 dry measuring cup. Then you can either put it into a small bowl and microwave it till melted (about 2o seconds), or melt it along with the peanut butter and the honey on the stove top. I also use dry measuring cups when measuring out the peanut butter and maple syrup.
Preheat your oven to 340 degrees, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl mix together the 3 cups plus 2 tablespoon oats and the 2 tablespoons sugar.
In a small sauce pan, warm together the 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup peanut butter and the 1/4 maple syrup over low heat, stirring constantly with a spatula until throughly combined, smooth and warm, but not boiling.
Transfer the granola mixture to the rimmed baking sheet and spread it in an even layer.
Bake the granola for 18-22 minutes, stirring a few times during baking, making sure to stir from the edges of the pan, as the oats tend to cook quicker along the edges, until the granola is golden brown. I like my granola on the browner side, so I cook mine for exactly 22 minutes. Oven’s vary, so keep an eye on your oats after the 18 minute mark.
Remove the granola from the oven, toss gently to release any heat and let cool completely on the pan.
The granola will darken up a bit, get crispier and taste better as it cools.
I’ve also added the chips to the warm granola. They melt down a bit and merge the granola together into small clumps. SO GOOD!
When the granola has completely cooled, transfer it to a glass storage container. I always store my granola in my 22-ounce mason jars! The granola will keep fresh for up to two weeks.
The below photo below shows an example of what the granola looks like when you add in the chocolate chips to the warm granola. You can see the how the chocolate and granola clump together.
My favorite way to eat this granola is straight from the container. It’s the perfect little snack to nibble on here or there throughout the day. It’s also super addicting, so if you don’t have a lot of self-control when it comes to sweets, like me, then you will have a hard time resisting this granola!
Feel free to top it on some Greek yogurt and make a parfait.
Enjoy it in a bowl with some milk or almond milk.
Top it on your favorite ice-cream.
We’ve even added it to our favorite homemade popcorn! So good!
If you make it, let me know your favorite way to eat it!
Like peanut butter and chocolate? Then you have to try these two recipes below. They’re both kid approved my house!
It’s lunch time so I’m off to make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Told you all I was a peanut butter addict!