Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

IMG_4404Chocolate + peanut butter + granola = heaven!

I think this is possibly the best granola/muesli I have EVER made. And that’s a pretty big call for someone like me because believe me, I’ve made and tried a vast array of granolas and mueslis in my lifetime. I have to say, this one comes out pretty close to the top.

But I guess it shouldn’t really be much of a surprise considering it combines three of my favourite foods in one: muesli/granola, peanut butter and chocolate. It tastes like I’m eating Coco Pops minus all the sugar (and guilt)!

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Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Inspired by: Kim’s Cravings

Serves 6 (if you resist the temptation to eat it all in one sitting!!)

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup peanut butter or other nut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cacao powder

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C and prepare a baking tin with baking paper..
  2. Combine oats, shredded coconut and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Heat peanut butter, honey and coconut oil over medium-low heat in a small saucepan. Once heated and combined, stir in vanilla and cocoa powder.
  4. Pour peanut butter mixture into dry oat mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Spread oat/peanut butter mixture over baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
  7. Allow granola to cool for approx. 20 minutes.

Notes:

  • In the original recipe Kim adds chocolate chips as an additional but I think it’s perfect without them!

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Today I served mine with milk, yogurt, peanut butter, a banana, blueberries, chia seeds and shredded coconut.

The Lowdown:

I am so, so happy that I have finally gotten around to posting a granola recipe on this blog because it is something that I always make, as I love it so much! Homemade granola is a lot healthier than the store bought ones, which I only buy occasionally as a treat.

It is also such a great breakfast, snack or dessert for athletes and the general public alike. This particular recipe is very high in energy so it is a great pre-training snack that I would recommend. It is also quite sumptuous so it is also a great healthy dessert option.

Despite its naughty taste this granola is full of nutrients. The cacao holds an abundance of antioxidants, which makes it heart-healthy with cardiovascular benefits, as well as lowering your blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

Peanut butter is another one of the star ingredients that can sometimes be avoided for all the wrong reasons. Many people are under the misconception that peanut butter is actually BAD for because it is often associated with all the not-so-good foods such as cakes, biscuits, chocolate bars and all that good stuff. But, in actual fact, it has been proven to be a great food for maintaining a healthy weight and even losing weight. This because it contains a superstar combination of fiber (2g per serving) and protein (8g per serving), which mean that you stay full for a considerably longer time, helping you eat less overall.

Funnily enough, I was actually just reading an article before posting this that put granola under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. This article was called ‘9 things an athlete should never eat’ and no. 7 was infact, granola. Now before you get a little confused and vow to never eat it again, I want you to hear me out. The reason this article listed granola was because most store-bought versions of this presumably healthy snack are full of added sugars and fats, as I have mentioned before. BUT when made the right way, granola is actually really quite healthy. The main ingredient, oats, are very fibrous and full of the necessary carbs needed for athletes. So before you buy that store-bought, why not consider making your own.

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That’s enough from me today. Have a good Sunday!

Tanisha xx

Sources:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-raw-cacao-nibs-7364.html

http://www.prevention.com/food/smart-shopping/healthy-eating-why-peanut-butter-good-you

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/9-foods-an-athlete-would-never-eat/slide/7

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