Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola

Peanut butter chocolate chunk granola

Homemade granola is a staple in our house.  We typically rotate between oatmeal, toast and granola for weekday breakfasts.  This berry chocolate coconut granola has long been my go-to recipe and it’s one that I still make all the time.  I decided recently though that I wanted to switch it up a bit, so I started experimenting with other flavors, using my favorite recipe as the base.

Peanut butter chocolate chunk granola

It’s no secret that I absolutely love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, with bonus points if I can also somehow incorporate oats (exhibit A, exhibit B).  So I set out to bring those peanut butter and chocolate flavors into granola.  Major success.  This is my new favorite version.  And judging by how fast we go through this, I’d say it’s my husband’s new favorite as well.

The granola base is full of peanut butter flavor and is sweet without being overly sweet.   Then you add in plenty of peanuts for some added crunch and just the right amount of chocolate to make it a little more fun.  My favorite way to enjoy this granola is with milk and a handful of fresh berries.  It’s peanut butter goodness to start your day off right.

Peanut butter chocolate chunk granola

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola
 
Yield: about 10 cups
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add in the peanuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, until light brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add in the rolled oats and canola oil. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until the oats are lightly toasted. Remove from the heat and add the mixture to a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, add the honey and peanut butter. Over medium heat, stir frequently until the peanut butter is completely melted and the ingredients are combined.
  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the bowl with the oats. Add in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, flaxseed, cinnamon and salt. Mix until well combined.
  5. Evenly spread the mixture in the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until it is light golden brown.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and press the granola down into an even layer on about ¾ of the pan (shift it over to one side). Let the granola cool completely. Break into small pieces and mix in the chocolate. Store in an airtight container.

Source:
Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.

 

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Comments

  1. This granola is so good! Love the addition of ground flaxseed. I’m looking forward to check the rest of your granola&oatmeal recepies! :)

  2. OK, you caught me on blog catch-up day :) This looks awesome. I have had a hard time finding a basic choc-PB granola recipe, so this is totally up my alley. Too bad the Booze Hound hates PB! I love making my own granola and cereal!!! And you can’t beat starting your day with peanut butter and chocolate!!

  3. This granola is right up my alley! I can never have enough recipes for it, because I’m always looking for ways to change it up. I can’t wait to try this.

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Thanks Marcie! Same – I love playing around with new flavor combinations for granola : )

  4. this is the best combination ever! and looks so much better than shop-bought granola! I keep meaning to make my own granola as shop bought seems to have so much added sugar in it and this looks like a perfect homemade recipe! Can’t wait to try it out!x

  5. Ashley – I never would have thought to put peanut butter in with the granola mix, but I bet it adds such good texture as well as all that flavor! Plus, who can resist chocolate and peanut butter!? Great idea!

  6. This granola is off-the-hook!!! The finished product is unbelievably delicious – tastes like I’m eating dessert for breakfast. Even the components were yummy: I was eating the peanut butter-honey mixture with a spoon, even before I combined it with the oats. I would have never thought to make homemade granola on my own, and yet I had all the ingredients in my pantry. Thanks Ashley!

  7. I pretty much dropped what I was doing so I could make this – it’s baking in the oven RIGHT now:)

  8. This granola has pretty much everything I love!

  9. This looks amazing. I don’t make homemade granola nearly enough!!!

  10. peanut butter + chocolate + oats can do no wrong in my book. And I just LOVE homemade granola. Especially of the peanut butter variety. :) This looks so good Ashley! I want a huge bowl of it right now. And then another bowl for dessert!

  11. This looks absolutely delicious!! PB & Chocolate are my favorite flavors…and in granola?! Yummy!

  12. Agh I keep telling myself to try and make granola and then I always forget >_<. This looks like such a lovely way to start my day :) YUM

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