Easy, Somewhat Healthy, Chocolate Granola

If you’re looking to eat EXTREMELY healthy this year, this recipe is probably not for you. But, if you’re looking to at least stop eating cocoa pebbles for breakfast and move to a more mature, delicious, chocolate-y bowl of goodness, this granola is for you.

Cocoa Pebbles used to be one of my breakfast staples, and before that Cocoa Krispies. Not sure when the switch to pebbles came, but I still confess that I like both of them. However, since they have little to no nutritional value to start my day, I refrain from eating either anymore. In fact, we don’t even keep any type of cereal in our house anymore. Old Fashioned Oats, Whole Wheat Toast and eggs are what we choose to start our day with at the Reppert house.

Every once in a while, though, I like to make these sort of, grown-up Cocoa Pebbles. The recipe has oats, and nuts, and flax seeds…so its healthy, right? Right. Healthier. 

This recipe is so easy to make and I wrote it, so a lot of the measurements are in handfuls…which means…fewer dishes to do!

Do fewer dishes and enjoy your bowl of chocolate-y goodness!

Chocolate Granola

Ingredients:

7-8 handfuls of Old Fashioned Oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tablespoons ground flax seed

1 handful nuts (I used pecans, almonds, and black walnuts–all worked fine)

1 handful semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 handful unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons peanut butter

1. COMBINE INGREDIENTS Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients. Stir until well combined.

2. BAKE AND STIR Put ingredients in a 9×13 glass baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes and stir. Bake for 5 more minutes and stir again. Continue baking in 5 minute intervals until chocolate chips are melted and oats are light brown in color. Better to under-cook then burn.

3. LET COOL (DON’T EAT ALL OF IT WHILE IT’S COOLING) Let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes. Pour out onto parchment paper and cool completely. Put in airtight container and enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or a snack.

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