Wednesday, June 15, 2011

RECIPE: Chocolate Peanut Granola

Homemade granola is one of the more popular breakfast items around here. It's such a staple food that I'm usually whipping up a batch once every week or two. Although the basic recipe is quite versatile and lends itself to lots of variations, I felt like trying out something a bit different the last time I needed to replenish the granola jar. This Chocolate Peanut Granola is a decadent twist on our standard granola recipe. Although it's a real kid-pleaser (the milk turns nice and chocolaty just like when I ate my Cocoa Puffs back in the '70s), it doesn't have any more sugar than our usual version. It tastes a lot like those popular no-bake drop cookies (without all the butter).

I'm sure any of the chocoholics in your life would be thrilled to receive some Chocolate Peanut Granola as a gift (the perfect excuse to start the day with a chocolate fix).


5 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, coconut and peanuts. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, oil and cocoa. Heat gently and stir until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour chocolate mixture over oat mixture and stir until oats are evenly coated. Spread on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake at 300F for 30 minutes or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to storage container.

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