Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

I’m always looking for healthy and great-tasting food that’s also gluten-free and vegan. This granola is SO good. It tastes like a decadent treat, and is really healthy! It took a few times of making it to get this recipe how I liked it. Even my kids like it. In addition to just eating it by itself, I like to have it in a bowl topped with unsweetened almond milk. The milk turns chocolately–yum!

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA

Coating Ingredients
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (I use organic to avoid GMOs)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup (I use organic Grade B)
15 drops liquid stevia
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (I use organic)
1/4 cup oil (I use grapeseed oil)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Dry Ingredients
2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats–not instant (I use gluten-free oats)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed, also called flax meal
1/2 cup various nuts and seeds (I like raw sunflower seeds and chopped pecans)

Topping: 1/4 cup chopped dairy-free dark chocolate (about 1/4 candy bar) — sometimes I use dairy-free chocolate chips

-Preheat oven to 275°.

-Grease or line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

-Place coating ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk together until smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook at a very low simmer for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.

-In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

-Pour the coating mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until everything is evenly coated.

-Evenly spread the mixture in a thin layer on the prepared baking sheet.

-Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.

-Remove from oven. While still warm, sprinkle the granola with the chopped chocolate and gently stir. Leave granola evenly spread on baking sheet to cool.

-Store in an airtight container for several days. Freezes well.

I hope you enjoy this healthy, high-fiber, whole foods treat!

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Welcome and Chocolate Treat Recipe!

I’m so excited to have my own blog to share healthy ideas. I truly believe the healthier we are, the happier we are.

I started my health journey 12 years ago. I was overweight after having my second child and couldn’t seem to lose the weight. I saw Marilu Henner on a talk show discussing her book, “Total Health Makeover.” I thought I’d check it out. Well, I read the book over the weekend and immediately started throwing food out of my house. I eliminated meat, dairy, processed sugar, and junk from my diet. The changes were immediate and amazing–weight loss, better skin, better digestion, more energy, healthier outlook on life.

I’ve never looked back. Once I learned how food affects the body, I couldn’t go back to how I was eating before. I’ve gone on to study nutrition and macrobiotics and incorporate what I’ve learned into my family’s diet and lifestyle–which can be quite a challenge. 10 years ago, I started teaching healthy cooking classes. I also coach on-line health classes on Marilu Henner’s web site and do private health consultations.  My passion is to share all I’ve learned about natural, healthy living with anyone who is interested.

I continue to be an eager student of natural health and hope to continue sharing. This blog is just the next way for me to share with others. I hope you enjoy the information here.

Here’s an easy, super-healthy treat I’ve been enjoying lately:

Chocolate Coconut Treats (raw, no added sugar, healthy!)

– 1 cup walnuts (quickly rinsed to clean)
– 1 cup pitted dates (the fresher the better)
– 1/4 cup cocoa powder
– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (1/4 tsp. of almond extract is nice to add)
– 1/4 cup unsweetened, unsulphured coconut flakes
– Few pinches sea salt
– up to 10 drops of stevia (to make it sweeter)

Grind walnuts in a food processor (with an S blade). Add dates, cocoa, vanilla/almond extract, coconut, sea salt, and stevia. Mix until finely ground. Place 1 tablespoon in your hand and roll into a ball. Place balls on a cookie sheet and freeze to set. They taste great right out of the food processor, too! I like to eat them frozen–they taste more like a truffle.

I hope you have a healthy day!

Jill

“Having good health is very different from only being not sick.” – Seneca The Younger, 50 AD