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Nut Butter & Chocolate Granola

I created this recipe on a whim for my son, Daniel, who loves yogurt & granola, but doesn’t like the texture of nuts. With only a few ingredients and a hefty dose of healthy fats & protein, it’s the perfect start or snack to energize your day. While still better than most of the sugar-filled commercial varieties, a little goes a long way! Try different combinations of nut butters for a unique flavor each time.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
¼ cup nut butter or sunflower seed butter of choice (or any no sugar added nut butter)
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
⅔ cup chocolate chunks (or use cacao nibs for a less sweet version but chocolate flavor.)

Variation:
Omit the chocolate and add up to one cup coconut flakes to the tray for the last five minutes of baking. Toss in dried fruit in place of chocolate while cooling.

I created this recipe on a whim for my son, Daniel, who loves yogurt & granola, but doesn’t like the texture of nuts. With only a few ingredients and a hefty dose of healthy fats & protein, it’s the perfect start or snack to energize your day. While still better than most of the sugar-filled commercial varieties, a little goes a long way! Try different combinations of nut butters for a unique flavor each time.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
¼ cup nut butter or sunflower seed butter of choice (or any no sugar added nut butter)
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
⅔ cup chocolate chunks (or use cacao nibs for a less sweet version but chocolate flavor.)

Variation:
Omit the chocolate and add up to one cup coconut flakes to the tray for the last five minutes of baking. Toss in dried fruit in place of chocolate while cooling.

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the oats & salt in a big mixing bowl. Melt the nut butter, coconut oil and maple syrup. Remove from heat, and add in vanilla to the warm mixture. Next, pour the melted ingredients over the oats and coat well. Place the mixture on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes. Stir after 15 minutes. (To create a clumpier granola, lightly stir.) Watch the granola closely towards the end to be sure that it doesn’t burn. Once cooled, add chocolate or cacao nibs. Enjoy!