Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

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So let me ask you something…

Do you eat breakfast every day? If yes, great! If no, then you may want to consider starting.

You don’t have to eat as soon as you wake up (truthfully, I have no interest in food that early, so I wait until about 9 am). Fasting for 12 hours has some major benefits, like:

• reducing insulin resistance, helping to lower blood sugar levels (& reducing risk of type 2 diabetes)
• cell repair, which helps remove waste from the body (aka: natural detoxing)
• increasing metabolism, making it easier to lose weight

Depending on your bedtime, a good rule of thumb is not eating anything after 8 pm until 8 am the next morning. In my case, I like to have a snack around 8:30 pm (this helps to balance your blood sugar level while you sleep), so I don’t eat breakfast until about 9 am the next morning.

All that said, when you ARE ready to eat, you want to make smart choices. Instead of reaching for a bagel, muffin, or all-fruit smoothie, aim for something with protein, fat and/or fiber.

Breakfast seems to be tough for many folks, because they’re usually rushing to get out the door in the morning.

I get it–when I was working in corporate, I slept as late as possible and gave myself very little time to get dressed, let alone sit and eat breakfast!

But one of the things I really enjoyed (and still do) is granola. It’s easy, portable, lasts long if stored properly and is super versatile.

And if you add some healthy goodies to it, it can be a pretty well-balanced meal. I’ve created a super yummy recipe–that’s healthy for you. For reals. Here it is:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup cashews, chopped (you can also use slivered almonds or any nut you like)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
  • 1/4 cup PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt (the bigger the flakes the better!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 tbsp dried cherries, chopped (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Stir all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add in coconut oil and honey. Mix thoroughly.

Spread out evenly on a baking sheet, then using a spoon, make a hole in the middle (to resemble a flat donut). This was a tip I got from my friend, Miranda over at @essentiallymiranda. This makes the granola nice and crispy!

Bake at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it, as it can very easily burn! Remove from oven, add dried cherries if you wish and let cool. Then break into small pieces and enjoy on its own, added to yogurt or with some non-dairy milk and fresh berries for a yummy treat!

-Claudia xo

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2 Responses to “Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

  • Love the recipe Claudia, I often make granola and I’ve never tried the peanut butter combo yet.

    • claudia_petrilli@yahoo.com
      2 months ago

      Let me know what you think!