peanut butter cup granola.

another chocolate & peanut butter recipe. sigh.


i mean, are you really surprised? there’s enough chocolate and peanut butter going on around here to make a Reese’s jealous.

i even add chocolate and peanut butter to my breakfast. (don’t judge).

and most recently, i’ve been loading my favorite flavor combo into granola.

like i’ve mentioned before, whenever i’m making granola, i stick to 5 main ingredients and work off of those.

  1. Grains (oats)
  2. Nuts/seeds
  3. Dried fruit
  4. A sticky sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc)
  5. A binder (nut butter, pureed dried fruit, apple sauce, etc)

i really just use anything i have in the pantry at the time in each of those categories. that’s the beauty of granola and/or granola bars… they are uniquely versatile and you can mix/match based on what you like/have in the pantry.

this time, my pantry was loaded with chocolate and peanut butter. shocker. so i worked off of those. 🙂

if you like peanut butter and chocolate (who doesn’t?!?!?!), then this is for you. it’s a peanut butter cup in a bowl. one of my many healthy, wholesome granolas that won’t weigh you down. enjoy!

peanut butter cup granola

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)
makes about 5 cups
  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or more, go by your taste preference)
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup honey roasted peanut butter (or regular creamy peanut butter)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line large baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, ground flax, peanuts, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for about 30 seconds in the microwave.  You want it to be runny and mixed together well (add more honey or peanut butter if needed until smooth and liquidy).
  4. Pour melted peanut butter mixture over oat mixture.  Make sure all oats are moistened. Lightly stir in half of the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and press the oats down.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, remove and mix around so that all sides bake evenly.  Pop back into the oven for another 15 minutes.  Remove and mix in the raisins and remaining chocolate chips.  The warm granola will melt the chocolate and bind the granola.  Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

*this granola is pretty similiar to my oatmeal raisin cookie granola, but i added ground flax, honey roasted peanuts, more chocolate chips and used less cinnamon.

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ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy bites too 

peanut butter & jelly granola

peanut butter & jelly granola

apple cinnamon granola (vegan)

apple cinnamon granola

maple pecan pie granola (vegan)

maple pecan pie granola

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apple cinnamon granola (vegan).

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there have been a few too many cookies around here recently. not that i’m complaining:

  

let’s take a break from the butter and sugar overload (not a long break, don’t you worry!  i have 3 new cookie recipes to throw at you next week…) and sit back with some wholesome, 100% vegan, and guilt-free apple cinnamon granola.

homemade granola is SO much easier than you think. not only is incredibly cheaper than storebought, it is also 10000% healthier. no crazy ingredients you can hardly pronounce, unnecessary added sugars, fats, or preservatives.

   

take note: whenever i’m making granola, i stick to 5 basic components and mix & match with whatever i have laying around. sticking to those 5 main ingredients makes it easy to come up with creative, tasty granola recipes:

  1. Grains (oats)
  2. Nuts/seeds
  3. Dried fruit
  4. A sticky sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc)
  5. A binder (nut butter, pureed dried fruit, apple sauce, etc)

apple cinnamon granola (vegan)

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)

make 4.5 cups

  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup ground flax
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (go by taste preference. i LOVE a ton of cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup dried apple rings, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flax, cinnamon, pecans, and dried apples. Stir to combine.
  3. In a seperate small bowl, whisk together applesauce, maple syrup, and salt. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir until all oats are coated well. Add more maple syrup/applesauce if needed.
  4. Pour mixture over prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool uncovered for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Taste Tester comments:
  • “this granola is soft and not a typical crunchy granola. it tastes very light and doesn’t weigh me down.”
  • “i love the chewy dried apple pieces!”

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy bites too ;)

maple almond butter breakfast cookies (vegan)

maple almond butter breakfast cookies

peanut butter & jelly granola

peanut butter & jelly granola

& in case you’re itchin’ for something a little sweeter….

vanilla cupcakes for two

vanilla cupcakes for two

maple pecan pie granola

who loves pecan pie?!  i know i do.  i made my most recent granola with the flavors of fall in mind. it’s generously loaded with pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon, and brown sugar. what i love most about this particular granola is that the ingredient list is incredibly short (probably things you all have on hand) and can be stirred together all in one bowl. easy peasy. 🙂

maple pecan pie granola

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)
makes 2.5 cups
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray large baking sheet w/ nonstick spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients and stir until all the oats are evenly coated.
  3. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool completely (air will help it get crunchy) and enjoy!

apricot pecan granola bars (vegan)

vegan apricot pecan granola bars

need a high energy snack that won’t weigh you down? AND is full of all natural, wholesome ingredients? these granola bars are darn near perfect.  they contain absolutely no eggs, milk, or any dairy products so they are completely vegan! you won’t miss the added sugars and butter/oil in these either. 🙂 they are highly adaptable using whatever mix-ins you have on hand. they aren’t as chewy and soft as my peanut butter banana oatmeal bars, so they are much closer to a real granola bar rather than an oatmeal bar.  hope you enjoy them, they are DELICIOUS!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2.5 cups whole oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/3 cup chopped apricots
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees and toast the pecans for 10-11 minutes on a small baking sheet. Meanwhile, prepare the granola batter. In a large bowl, mix together the mashed banana and peanut butter.  Add maple syrup and cinnamon and whisk until combined.
  2. Stir in the oats, making sure that all of the oats are moistened.  Add more maple syrup or peanut butter if needed.  (note: the less “wet” ingredients you add, the crunchier your bars will be)
  3. Remove toasted pecans from oven and stir into the oat mixture.  Add raisins and chopped apricots.
  4. Press mixture into the pan, making sure it is evenly distributed and tightly packed.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares. Enjoy!!

check out my other all-natural and completely delicious granola bar recipe:

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

this granola tastes like (very peanut butter-y) oatmeal raisin cookie dough …but has absolutely no refined sugars or added oil/butter, much unlike any granola you’d find at the store!  i added salted peanuts, chocolate chips, and raisins.  i also used a cinnamon raisin peanut butter i found at the store, but regular peanut butter or even almond butter would work too 🙂

 oatmeal raisin cookie granola

  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (go by taste preference)
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (i used chunky, but smooth peanut butter or almond butter would work)
  • 1.5 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line large baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, peanuts, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for about 30 seconds in the microwave.  Mixture will be runny.
  4. Pour melted peanut butter mixture over oat mixture.  Make sure all oats are moistened.
  5. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and press the oats down.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, remove and mix around so that all sides bake evenly.  Pop back into the oven for another 15 minutes.  Remove and mix in the raisins and chocolate chips.  The warm granola will melt the chocolate and bind the granola.  Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy bites too 😉

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

peanut butter & jelly granola

pb&j granola

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars



peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

my healthy oatmeal bars have absolutely no oil or butter and only 1/4 cup of brown sugar in the entire recipe. they taste incredible and are super moist…. in fact they tasted exactly like banana bread the next day!

you can play around with different add-ins, based on your taste preference. i added some dried fruit and nuts, but i think chocolate chips would be a yummy addition too! i made mine with raisins and walnuts. perfectly healthy and delicious combination. 🙂

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)

makes 16 small squares

  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (regular or soy milk would be fine)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup add-ins (raisins, walnuts, craisins, peanuts, choc chips, etc)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 8 x 8 pan w/ cooking spray & set aside.
  2. Mix together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add in the milk, vanilla, and egg.  Mix together until evenly combined.
  4. Add mashed bananas, peanut butter, and add-ins.  Stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Cut into bars and enjoy!

*these bars can easily be made vegan using a “flax egg.” mix 1 tbsp ground flax w/ 3 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up

ps: give these healthy bites a try too! 😉

maple almond butter breakfast cookies (vegan)

maple almond butter breakfast cookies (vegan)

apple cinnamon granola (vegan)

apple cinnamon granola

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

cinnamon cranberry walnut granola

cinnamon cranberry & walnut granola

i didn’t really keep track of any measurements and was more or less throwing things into the bowl to create this recipe.  whenever making granola, i stick to 5 basic components and mix & match with whatever ingredients i have on hand: grains (oats), nuts/seeds, dried fruit, a sticky sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc) and a binder (nut butter, pureed dried fruit, almond butter, etc).  sticking to these 5 main ingredients makes it easy to come up with new granola recipes!

INGREDIENTS

makes 5 cups

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not instant or quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (i used chunky, but smooth would be good too)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • brown sugar (for sprinkling)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, quickly whisk together honey & peanut butter.  Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until fully combined and melted.  Stir in cinnamon and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, cranberries, & raisins.  Pour peanut butter/honey/cinnamon mixture overtop and mix everything together.  Make sure all oats are thoroughly coated.
  4. Line 2 large baking sheets with wax paper and spread oats overtop. Sprinkle with a light dusting of brown sugar (it will caramelize and allow the granola to stick together a bit).
  5. Bake one batch at a time for 20 minutes, remove from oven and stir around, flipping the granola.
  6. Bake for 15 more minutes, remove, and let cool.  Granola will harden up as it’s cooling. Keep in an air-tight container.  Granola does not have to be refrigerated.
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