Chocolate Granola

I often read a blog called Cheap Healthy Good – Kris (the author) posts all kinds of yummy recipes and food related fun. Plus she’s a bit of a geek – love that! Back in January, she invited a few people to do guest posts, and one of them was a recipe for chocolate granola!

I took the recipe, and made a few changes…. because I love raisins and nuts, and hate sesame seeds. It turned out great, and makes a great snack all alone, or sprinkle a couple of spoons on top of greek yogurt with a few berries… manna from heaven. 🙂

You will need:

6 tbsp butter
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used smooth)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup cocoa
2-1/4 cups oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1 cup almonds, chopped
1/3 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat your oven to 375F and grease a 9×9 or 9×13 pan.

Measure out dry ingredients.

Combine the dry ingredients (nuts, raisins, cocoa, oatmeal and salt) in a large bowl.

Measure out butters and sugar.

Combine the butter and peanut butter in a large pot.

Melt over low heat.

Once melted, remove from heat and stir in sugar.

Stir in the dry ingredients.

Once well coated, press the mixture into the greased pan.

Cook for 15 minutes at 375F, until browned (I can never tell – it’s chocolate, it is brown already!). Once cooked, cool completely. I put mine in the freezer for a couple of hours to set completely.

Use a spoon to break into pieces and store in an airtight container or ziploc bag (I keep mine in the freezer).

This is both sweet and salty, and can satisfy a craving for either. I’ve already made extra batches, and shared it with a few people at work who all like it too!

Nutritional Data (based on 22 servings, 1/4 cup each):

Calories: 149
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 17 grams
Fats: 7 grams

The rough cost estimate breaks out like this:

Butter: $.75
Peanut Butter: $.35
Brown Sugar: $.25
Salt: $.05
Cocoa: $.25
Oatmeal: $1.00
Raisins: $.75
Almonds: $1.00
Pecans: $.50
Total: $4.90
Per serving: $.22


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