Peanut butter chocolate chip granola. What is better than getting the morning started off with a big bowl of this delicious goodness? Aside from maybe getting to eat this while my coffee is still hot and my house is still blissfully silent.
That’s pretty much my idea of heaven right there. I mean now that I am a mom quiet houses and uninterrupted coffee are gold. It’s not asking a lot is it?
Well fortunately even the littlest, loudest member of our house loves this peanut butter chocolate chip granola. She will actually sit fairly happily in her high chair and eat it without throwing it to/on the dog. #winning
Even the under 2 set knows peanut butter and chocolate are awesome together.
I mean really. What’s peanut butter without a little chocolate? It’s a question for the ages. Peanut butter is delicious on it’s own, spooned straight out of the jar. But it’s even better when married with the undisputed king of comfort food: chocolate. Fortunately for all of us, the good people at Reese’s have made this heavenly combination readily available to us all.
Unfortunately, the sad but true truth about this delightfully rich combination is that it is just not socially acceptable to eat a Reese’s for breakfast. Plus if I eat a Reese’s for breakfast, I’d pretty much have to hide from the Goose and eat it huddled in a corner somewhere. I try to save my corner eating for later- after a long day when I just need some chocolate. At less than 2, she has discovered what these joyous candies are and wants them if she sees Mommy eating them. I’m totally fine giving her treats every now and again but candy for breakfast is pretty much a no.
At least for her. For me, it’s questionable. Sadly, when I eat candy for breakfast, the happiness fades shortly after eating it. Then about half an hour later, the headache sets in followed by the hunger. All in all it makes a perfect recipe for becoming severely hangry. All by 10 am. Who needs that?
Not this girl. Mornings are hard enough as is. Why add to it? For some reason, morning is prime time for straight up toddler catastrophes like this gem from the other morning. This kills me. Pre kid, I was a girl who drug herself out of bed in the morning bleary eyed and muttering incoherently.
Fortunately, this peanut butter chocolate chip granola is a tasty but healthy way to start my day with a chocolate peanut butter fix. I mean really, do I need to sell you on this? Chocolate and peanut butter. In cereal form. That’s acceptable for both kids and grown ups. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of eating chocolate. FOR BREAKFAST!
Even though there is in fact chocolate in this granola, the cereal itself is healthy and has no refined sugar other than what’s in the chips. The oats are full of whole grains and will keep you feeling full and energized all morning long. Even better for me, this granola is easy as pie to make and just as easy to keep gluten free. Just use gluten free oats in the recipe. And most importantly, chocolate chips. Chocolate equals happiness. Enough said.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts or other nuts of choosing (optional)
- 1/2 cup of creamy, natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips (any variety you like- I used milk chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- In a large bowl, mix together 3 cups of rolled oats with 1 cup of chopped walnuts and a pinch of salt.
- In a medium sauce pan over low heat melt your peanut butter with the honey and add a teaspoon of vanilla. Continue to cook until the peanut butter mixture is a thick liquid consistency, stirring constantly. This takes about 5 minutes.
- Pour the peanut butter mix over the oat and nut mixture and stir together until clumps form. Pour the mixture over a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 6-8 minutes or until the oats are lightly golden.
- Let cool, toss with chocolate chips and store in a container. Serve for breakfast over yogurt or with milk. Or enjoy dry any time as a snack!