3/3/13

{Peanut Butter & Cocoa Granola Topping}

 
 
Rich has been traveling a lot for work, which I'm very used to, but it also means dealing with sick kids (Henry has the stomach flu today) by myself, along with a million other things. I've been eating a very healthy, nutrient rich diet and let me tell you what a HUGE difference it makes in my energy levels!
 
Some days I go with only 5 hours of sleep.  Bad I know, but when you have so much to get ready for work/daycare/teenager stuff at night time, and you have to get up at 5 a.m daily to get things going for the day, it's inevitable. Those hours of sleep I do get, though, are pretty quality. I crash!
 
So, lack of sleep, along with cabin fever from winter would normally pull me so deep down into the dumps I feel like bawling. But that has changed as my diet was cleaned up and I rid it of processed sugars and chemicals.  It has made a major difference.
 
I wrote this recipe because I was getting a little tired of plain greek yogurt and needed a yummy topping. This granola is right up my alley with the peanut butter and chocolate and almonds, and it contains no processed junk. I have to watch how much I put on because it's still high in calories, but I just love the texture and taste!
 
{Peanut Butter and Cocoa Granola}
dry:
2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 c. raw almonds, chopped fine
2 t. cinnamon
2 T. baking cocoa
(mix all of these ingredients together in a medium bowl; set aside)
 
wet:
5 T. all natural peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
3 T. pure honey
1 t. pure vanilla extract
(whisk these together, then microwave for about 45 seconds until the mixture is foamy/bubbly and melted)
 
1. Add the 2 mixtures together until well combined. This may take a bit. It's easiest to use your hands and really make sure the dry mixture gets coated well.
 
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet with parchment and pour the mixture evenly on the sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the granola is somewhat crunchy and crisp. Don't overbake. Stir half-way through baking.
 
Store in an airtight container.
 
 
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

Blissful Baker said...

Wow! This looks soo good and something I would greatly enjoy! :) Thanks for sharing-I LOVE your site-come on over to mine sometime if you can

Kristen @ bakingblissful.blogspot.com

Cheri said...

I make this all the time. I add hemp hearts though. Made some today for the busy school/work week ahead.