Chocolate and peanut butter is one of those combinations that just works…no matter how you combine them, it is always going to be good! While I would love to just eat a big peanut butter cup everyday, that’s just not going to work for my waistline. I am always seeking out healthier ways to make my favorite combo in a healthier form, and this granola definitely fits the bill! Now this granola tastes awesome straight from the bowl, but that certainly won’t fill me up for breakfast, so I have been using this to top my plain Greek Yogurt,
Have you ever checked out the nutrition facts of store bought granola? It is full of sugar! This granola helps you get your sweet fix, without all that added sugar! The tang of yogurt topped with this slightly sweet and salty granola is just so delicious. This granola may actually help me get out of the bed in the morning if I know that I can have this for breakfast…okay well, nothing could probably help me get out of bed, but this certainly sweetens the deal!
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup roasted peanuts, pecans, or almonds
1 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 cup agave nectar (or honey)
1 cup creamy peanut butter (reduced fat works fine)
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, and peanuts. In a smaller bowl, combine peanut butter and the agave, and melt in the microwave, about 30 seconds, or until completely runny.
Add melted peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture and stir well to evenly coat all pieces of oats. Stir in half of the chocolate chips. Spread mixture onto prepared baking pan in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir well. Return to oven for another 15 minutes. When finished, add in the raisins and additional chocolate chips and stir well. Let cool and then store in an airtight container. Enjoy!