Granola is such a great snack because it’s a fun, filling, can be made very healthy, cures a little sweet tooth, and it’s versatile. You can please all kinds of different taste buds. When you put it in a cute jar and add a ribbon or a holiday gift bag, it makes great hostess gifts and a delicious gift for neighbors, or those dreaded work gift exchanges.
It’s also perfect for those of you who don’t really care to bake extravagant things or spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Granola is super easy, and anyone can make it!
If you’d like more ideas or recipes for a more elaborate granola, I have something for almost everyone:
Anything Goes Granola, Granola Bark, Dried Apricot & Almond Butter Granola Bars, Maple Almond Raisin Granola, Pumpkin Spice Granola with Medjool Dates, Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola with Caramelized Pecans & Walnuts, Nut & Groat Granola, Banana & Raisin Granola
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola
*This recipe will fill four 34oz mason jars*
1 2 lb Bag of Gluten Free Rolled Oats
2 Cups of Roughly Chopped Raw Unsalted Cashews
Pinch (generous) of Celtic Sea Salt
1/2 Cup of Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
3/4 Cup of Pure Maple Syrup
1 16 oz Jar of Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter
2 Bars of Theo’s Organic 70% Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. You will need 2 large bowls but will start with one. Measure the oats, cashews, and sea salt, and stir to combine. Add the coconut oil and syrup and fold and stir until all of the oat mixture is coated.
Scoop half of the oat mixture into the other large bowl. Scoop 1/2 of the peanut butter into each bowl. With a wooden spoon, work the peanut butter into the granola by kind of pressing it down a bit, twisting the wooden spoon, and folding. It will come together eventually and spread out nicely. You want it to be a little chunky, but not big blobs of peanut butter.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment or silpat and pour the oats onto the sheets. Spread the oat mixture out as evenly as possible and bake for about 25 minutes or until it just starts to turn golden. The granola will firm upon cooling.
Roughly chop the chocolate while the granola is cooling. Once the granola is completely cooled, add the chocolate chunks.
Store in airtight containers.