Friday, February 8, 2013

pb banana chocolate chip granola

pb banana chocolate chip granola
Lately I cannot get enough of homemade granola- seriously I forgot how easy and tasty the granola you make yourself is. A batch made at home literally takes me 5 minutes to throw together then only 30-35 minutes in the oven which gives me time to catch a quick episode of Arrested Development.

(yes, I am a little late in the game - I am finally getting around to watching this hilarious series from the beginning all thanks to my sisters encouragement)



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pb banana chocolate chip granola
Since Justin and I love all things peanut butter, banana and chocolate it was no surprise that I would make a granola that included all of the above. Justin wasn't overly excited about this granola at first, that is until he realized that there was chocolate & bananas mixed into the peanut butter granola- totally awesome.
pb banana chocolate chip granola
 A batch of granola typically lasts us the week - this granola lasted a total of 3 days.
Record Breaking.
Seriously, I was finding any excuse to go into the kitchen just to grab a handful to shovel in my mouth  snack on and Justin couldn't help but to eat bowl fulls every morning for breakfast.

pb banana chocolate chip granola
pb banana chocolate chip granola
pb banana chocolate chip granola
So do yourself a favor and make this granola at least once in your life - it will be a decision you won't regret.
Trust me on this - it is a granola game changer.

Do you have tried and trusted granola recipe?

pb banana chocolate chip granola
PB Banana Chocolate Chip Granola

you will need:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup dried banana
1/4 cup sunflower seeds or peanuts
1/4 cup quinoa
 1/4 cup vegan dark chocolate chips

assembly:
pre heat oven to 200*

In a small sauce pan over medium heat combine peanut butter, maple syrup & coconut oil - heat until peanut butter & coconut oil has melted.

Combine oats through quinoa in a medium mixing bowl, toss to combine. Pour Peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until all dry ingredients are well coated with peanut butter mixture.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread granola mixture evenly onto the baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes, stopping to stir the granola at the 20 minute mark.

Remove granola from oven, while the granola is hot from the oven press the granola firmly down into the pan with the back of a spatula. Sprinkle the  dark chocolate chips over the warm granola - allow to fully cool on the baking sheet. When the chocolate chips are still warm I like to stir up the granola which forms chocolate chunks of granola - allow the chocolate to firm up prior to storing in an air tight container - I like to use a mason jar but any container will work.

Granola stores well for up to 2 weeks (maybe longer but a batch only lasts us about a week!)

Enjoy!


 
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21 comments:

  1. Is the quinoa cooked first or just mixed in raw?

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    1. Hi Diane!

      The Quinoa is mixed in raw- some people like to rinse it, but I don't when I use it in granola and never have had a bitter taste (I always rinse my quinoa when boiling) :)

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  2. peanut butter, banana, and chocolate are the perfect combo. this must be the best breakfast ever in a bowl covered with vanilla almond milk. love the addition of quinoa!

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  3. you are so right granola is made in a second and is delicious! your granola recipe sounds delicious...chocolate peanut butter and banana ? oh yummmmm

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  4. ohmygoodness i forgot how much i love arrested development. that show is so hilarious. (and i love granola)

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  5. Ooh, that looks amazing, and so much simpler than most granola recipes!!!

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  6. Woah! LOOKS and sounds amazing! :)
    Kristen @ bakingblissful.blogspot.com

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  7. Arrested Development is mine and Chris's favorite show. Seriously. We don't watch TV, but we will watch this on an endless loop. We're the dorks that quote it to each other all day. Yup. We're those dorks. But isn't it the best show? Are you loving it?

    This granola looks fantastic too- you know how I love my granola! I love the addition of quinoa too- I've used quinoa flakes and puffed quinoa, but never just straight quinoa. I need to try that! :-)

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  8. Arrested Development is hilarious! This granola looks wayyyy too good. I have not tried making my own before, I may just have to try your recipe. :)

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  9. Ooh this sounds so yummy - this would definitely be a granola that I would love to snack on on its own! The peanuts would be the perfect addition to go along with the peanut butter, banana and chocolate chips! I'm just wondering, when you call for dried banana, do you mean banana chips? It caught my eye because of Heidi's recent post that used dried bananas instead of the chips (http://fooddoodles.com/2013/02/05/cacao-nib-banana-bread-chewies)

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    1. You could use either but I used the dehydrated / dried banana from Trader Joes, but either would work well :)

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  10. Must make this!!!! Yum! Love peanut butter, banana and chocolate! A breakfast for champions! *hehe*

    Arrested Development is brilliant! :) One of my fav shows! I also love Curb Your Enthusiasm and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Those 3 shows make me laugh so much!

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  11. what an incredible granola my friend, a perfect way to brighten up any morning :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. This sounds delicious. I have been on a serious oatmeal kick, but I have a feeling I will get back into the granola routine as soon as it starts to get warmer out again.

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  13. There's always money in the banana stand.

    Wonderful granola- flavour combos don't really get much more perfect do they??

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  15. A peanut butter inspired granola sounds like a dream come true. Thanks for sharing your version.

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  16. Where do you put in the bananas not seeing it in directions? Thanks

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    1. "Combine oats through quinoa in a medium mixing bowl, toss to combine. " - oats through quinoa includes the dried banana/banana chips :)

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  17. Hi. Sounds delicious! I'm not one to follow recipes exactly, so wanted to get your advice on some substitutions. What would I use instead of the maple syrup? And how can I dry fresh bananas to use for this recipe? Or can I somehow use fresh bananas? Usually when you buy dried fruit, they always add a ton of sugar and other stuff to it so I try to avoid it. Thanks!

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    1. Hi! You could use agave or honey in place of the maple syrup // I wouldn't use fresh banana in this recipe and there are plenty of recipes online on how to dry bananas using a food dehydrator or oven method- I would just google that to get the correct instructions. Thinly slicing the banana and then baking on a lined sheet at the lowest possible oven temp usually does the trick! I have baked them @ 170 degrees for about 45 minutes.

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