February 2015 Recipe ReDux Theme

Favorite Chocolate Matches
Does your chocolate need a friend? This month’s posting will be after Valentine’s Day, so you may have a bit of extra chocolate around. What’s your favorite chocolate match? Be it traditional peanut butter or something more exotic like cayenne + chocolate. Show us your favorite healthy chocolate combo recipe.

I think we all can agree that chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven.

When I got to thinking about this months challenge and the endless amount of things I can do with peanut butter and chocolate my mind went crazy. In fact, you will see another recipe coming next week with this delicious combination. I had so many ideas come to me I simply couldn’t stop at just one. First let’s talk about this beautiful pairing of dark chocolate and peanut butter transformed into granola.

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I realize I just posted another granola recipe not to long ago but I seriously can’t get enough lately. I have been eating it by the handfuls for a morning or afternoon snack and piling it on top of yogurt bowls for breakfast. I can’t be stopped. This is one of the simplest granola recipes I’ve made using ingredients you probably already have on hand.

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This dark chocolate peanut butter granola is kind of like eating dessert for breakfast. It’s full of fiber and protein making it the perfect fuel to get your day off to a good start. The chocolate chips are added as soon as the granola comes out of the oven allowing them to melt and creating clusters of peanut butter and chocolate goodness. I love this healthy twist on my favorite chocolate combination.

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Serve it over yogurt topped with fresh fruit or enjoy it as a morning or afternoon snack.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola
 
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Recipe yields approximately 5 cups of granola
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup natural creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Directions
  1. Preheat oven 325
  2. In a large bowl mix oats, almonds, cinnamon and sea salt
  3. Warm peanut butter, oil and syrup in a small saucepan till melted and smooth
  4. Pour over oats and stir till well combined
  5. Spread mixture evenly on a large baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Watch closely towards the end to keep from browning
  6. Remove granola from oven and add in the chocolate chips. Stir, allowing some of the chocolate to melt.
  7. Cool at room temperature. Mixture will keep for up to two weeks if left at room temperature and longer if stored in the refrigerator (few months)