My standard breakfast is a bowl of cereal. It is quick, easy and usually keeps me from getting hungry before lunchtime rolls around. But as I have mentioned before, I get bored with breakfast rather quickly and need to have several options in my breakfast rotation. So in addition to cereal I have also been making a lot of granola lately. It is highly customizable and easy to adapt which is why I’ve been having so much fun coming up with new flavor combinations. While I love experimenting with new flavors, I also love my longtime favorites, like this peanut butter chocolate chunk granola.
So if you are in a breakfast rut or want to branch out from your typical bowl of cereal, consider making a batch of homemade granola. There is certainly a flavor combination out there to meet your breakfast or snacking needs. And when in doubt, try this peanut butter chocolate chunk granola. Because yes, there is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter.
- 1 cup unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 5 tbsp canola oil
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add the peanuts to the skillet and cook until light brown and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally as they cook. Add the rolled oats and canola oil. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats are lightly toasted. Remove the skillet from the heat and dump the oat mixture into a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the honey and peanut butter. Stir the mixture until the peanut butter is completely melted and combined with the honey. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the bowl of oats. Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and salt. Mix until well combined.
- Dump the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the granola is light brown in color.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Press the granola down into a tightly packed even layer on about ¾ of the pan. Allow the granola to cool completely. Break the granola into small pieces and mix in the chocolate chunks.
Source: Recipe adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook