Granola is my FAVORITE snack. I’ll top it on my yogurt, splash some milk in for a ridiculously good bowl of cereal, or eat it straight out of the jar.
A lot of the store-brand granola are just candy bars in disguise. However, the homemade kind is nutty, wholesome, and just sweet enough to fulfill your chocolate cravings. This recipe is very easy, great for on-the-go people like me, and guilt-free.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup nuts of your choice (I like to use slivered almonds)
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup peanut butter (try almond if you have an allergy)
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- ⅔ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch-square pan with parchment paper and coat in cooking spray.
- Mix the oats, nuts, and seeds and spread on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts are fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl and add cereal and cranberries. Stir the mixture until everything is evenly distributed.
- Combine peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Stir at low heat, until the mixture bubbles lightly. It should turn a nice caramel color, about 2 to 5 minutes.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until everything is thoroughly combined. Allow the mixture to cool before stirring in the chocolate chips (this will prevent them from melting.)
- Transfer to the prepared pan. Press the mixture down to make an even layer; you can use your hands or a dry measuring cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until firm. Break up into granola pieces or cut into bars. Enjoy!
Stay tuned for healthy recipes every Monday!
~Written by Alison Ryu