Crispy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola

We’ve already established that I love those crispy, chewy granola bars and I’m always on the look out for snacks like that so when I found this recipe I was almost angry with myself for not coming up with it on my own. Granola…with Rice Krispies in it. It’s so simple and obvious! It’s basically those granola bars without the extra step of making bars. I’ve always liked granola but it turns out this one simple addition was all I needed to fall in love with it.

Crispy Chocolate Granola

Of course, it’s not quite as simple as adding some rice cereal to oats. The thing that makes this granola a real treat is the chocolate. The oats and cereal (and pecans if you want, I left them out) are coated in a chocolate-honey mixture and everything is baked until it’s nice and toasty. Then to make it extra good (and healthier) the granola is topped off with some dried cherries or cranberries. Eat this chocolate granola with milk like a cereal (with bonus chocolate milk left over!) or sprinkle it on your yogurt or you can just do what I do and stuff handfuls of it in your mouth. This granola is ridiculously addictive.

Crispy Peanut Butter Granola

Since I enjoyed the chocolate granola so much, I thought it would be fun to make a peanut butter version, too. I replaced the chocolate with peanut butter and added in some peanuts and raisins. OH. MY. GOD. I’m a big fan of chocolate and will pretty much always pick it over peanut butter but if you made me choose between the chocolate and peanut butter versions of this granola I think the peanut butter granola wins by a nose (or a peanut?). But you don’t need to choose between them, just make both! Even better, make both and then mix them together in one bowl. Peanut butter cup granola! (Seriously, do it!)

This granola is so simple and only takes 10 or 15 minutes to mix up. The hardest part for me was waiting for the granola to cool completely after I took it out of the oven!

Crispy Chocolate Granola

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Crispy Chocolate Granola

Crispy Chocolate Granola

adapted from Cooking Light

Snack | Yield: About 8 cups
Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 20 | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 3 cups regular oats
  • 1 cup rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees (F). Cover a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and coat the parchment with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together oats, rice cereal, brown sugar, pecans, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat stir together honey and canola oil; cook 2 minutes or until warm. Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla and chocolate until smooth.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the oat mixture and gently mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined. Spread mixture onto prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Cool completely on pan (it will get crispy as it cools). Sprinkle the dried fruit on top and stir gently to combine.

This is good by itself or with milk poured on top like a cereal. Also great sprinkled on fruit or yogurt. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Nutrition info:


Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 168
Fat: 5.9g
Carbohydrates: 28.1g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 2.6g

Crispy Peanut Butter Granola

Crispy Peanut Butter Granola

adapted from Cooking Light

Snack | Yield: About 8 cups
Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 20 | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 3 cups regular oats
  • 1 cup rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup raisins

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees (F). Cover a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and coat the parchment with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together oats, rice cereal, brown sugar, chopped peanuts and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat stir together peanut butter, honey and canola oil; cook 2 minutes or until warm and smooth.
  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and gently mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined. Spread mixture onto prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Cool completely on pan (it will get crispy as it cools). Sprinkle the raisins on top and stir gently to combine.

This is good by itself or with milk poured on top like a cereal. Also great sprinkled on fruit or yogurt. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Nutrition info:


Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 186
Fat: 7g
Carbohydrates: 29g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 4g