You know the feeling when you just could eat everything? You would order some pizza and in the meanwhile check if that last package of cookies is still in your kitchen? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it!? I know it’s only human to eat something sweet once in a while and I always keep in mind that balance is key, but in the end, I needed a solution for those ‘bad days’ . Those days when a relapse into old habbits is just around the corner and you crave for everything that’s sweet. And last week, I felt sick and sad, I had a couple of rough days and I needed some good old fashioned comfort food.
Instead of cleaning out all the cupboards in the kitchen to find some leftover sweets or going to McDonalds, I made a new bunch of granola, because yes, food can make me happy and healthy food makes me happy while nurturing my body, instead of destroying it with crappy food.
I didn’t make ordinary granola, I made peanut butter chocolate chip granola to satisfy my sweet tooth! Mouthwatering hell yeah, yet so easy to make and extremely delicious. I assure you, once you go ‘peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-granola’ you never go back 😉
- 270g rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar (optional)
- 50g melted coconut oil
- 65g creamy natural salted peanut butter
- 25g maple syrup or agave nectar
- 90g dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and sugar. (Note: this helps add an extra crispiness to the final product and sweetens it up a bit more. But if you’re sugar conscious, it’s optional. However, I like it)
Warm peanut butter, oil, and maple syrup or agave in a small skillet or saucepan until thoroughly combined and pourable. Pour over oats and quickly toss/stir to combine. If it appears too wet, add more oats (mine was just right).
Spread evenly on a large baking sheet (or two small baking sheets) and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until evenly golden brown. Watch closely as it tends to brown quickly near the end.
Don’t forget: Toss once around the 15-minute mark to ensure even baking. Remove from oven, toss gently to release heat and let cool completely on the pan. Transfer to mixing bowl or storage container and add chocolate chips (optional) and stir or shake.