dark chocolate&peanut butter granola

I don’t  know about you, but I love eating cereal for breakfast.  As a kid my mom only let us have the sugary stuff as a treat, once in a blue moon, so as an adult I often buy a box of Reese Puffs or Cinnamon Toast Crunch just because I can.  Not only is that kind of cereal soooo unhealthy, it is sort of expensive too!  I find the “adult cereals” too bland and boring while the “all natural” brands are waaaay too expensive.  But one cereal I do enjoy eating is granola.  It’s filling, relatively healthy and tastes great with added fruit.  I struggled to find a good brand of granola at the store that was both healthy and inexpensive (by healthy I mean containing no sugar, added colour or flavour, soy free and made with whole grain). I recently came across this granola recipe and decided to give it a go. Of course, I added some extras to make it more to my liking.

A delicious and all natural breakfast granola, made with dark chocolate, crunchy peanut butter and sweet honey.

dark chocolate and peanut butter granola
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A delicious and all natural breakfast granola, made with dark chocolate, crunchy peanut butter and sweet honey.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter(I used crunchy)
  • ⅓ cup REAL honey
  • 1 teaspoon dark cocoa powder

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Pour granola onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the PB and honey in a microwave safe bowl, and heat for about 30 seconds, or until mixture becomes runny.
  4. Drizzle the PB and honey mixture across the granola and sprinkle the cocoa powder.
  5. Use a large spoon to mix it all together, ensuring all the oats get covered with PB.
  6. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until oats turn light brown.
  7. Remove from oven, allow granola to cool and eat!
  8. Store unused portion in an air tight container.

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I mentioned that you should use natural peanut butter, meaning one that contains only peanuts. Many people are surprised to learn that their favourite brand of peanut butter contains a whole bunch of added ingredients…I urge you to take a look at your PB label.

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I also suggest using local, unpasteurized honey when possible. Daily consumption of local honey can ward off allergies and is sooo much better than taking allergy meds (and did you know honey is antibacterial?  David used it to treat a leech bite that was close to infection last summer).  We purchase our honey from my friend’s aunt and uncle, so we know it is good!  The majority of honey that is mass produced actually doesn’t contain much real honey at all!  If you’re interested in reading more about that, here is an interesting article.

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I added cocoa powder to my granola because I love chocolate!  I’ve made it with cinnamon instead and it is equally delicious.  I’m sure some of you will ask where I got my heart shaped spoon, so I’ll let you know now that it’s from Modcloth.

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This granola is perfect with some milk for breakfast, or eaten dry as a light snack.  It would also be tasty with a different type of butter such as almond or sunflower seed!  Yum Yum YUUUUUM!!!  It is quickly becoming my new favourite breakfast:)

What’s your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?  What would be your ideal breakfast meal?  Mine would include this granola as well as some turkey bacon a butter croissant with a glass of pulpy orange juice!

 

About Christina

20-something; rural dwelling; wife to David; homeowner; pretty good cook; wearer of skirts; friend to all cats.

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