This family loves granola. My little’s also have a relentless sweet tooth. So I’ve created a dessert granola…all of the ingredients are wonderful and nourishing so you could even top some yogurt with it and call it breakfast. Shhhh, my little’s still think its dessert. I’ve opted away from the usual oat recipes. Oats are actually not the easiest grain to digest even when soaked and cooked properly. They give some people in this household some rather undesireable bloating. That being said I am not telling you to withhold from oats, all in moderation my friends.
I would recommend keeping this granola in a cool place. I chose to do a granola but if you prefer you can place in a pan, allow it to completely chill in the fridge for about an hour then cut up into bars.
1 1/2 C. Rice puffs
1 1/2 C. Puffed millet
1/4 C. chopped almonds
1/4 C. Pumpkin seeds
1/4 C. Flaxseed
2 Tablespoons chia seed
2 Tablespoons quinoa (uncooked)
1/4 Shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 C Honey
1/2 C Peanut butter
Gather all of your dry ingredients mix them up in a large mixing bowl.
In a sauce pan over low heat mix together the peanut butter, coconut oil, and your honey. Continue to stir until the mixture is thin and melted. Pour the peanut butter mix into the dry ingredients bowl. Stir together until everything is well coated. At this point I ditch the spoon and dig in with my hands. Once everything is mixed decide whether or not your making bars or granola. If your going the granola route, cover the bowl and allow it to firm up in the fridge for a bit. If you want bars place the mixture into a rimmed pan and place in the freezer to speed up the firming.
Once the mixture has firmed up remove it from the freezer, flip it over onto a cutting board and slice those babies up. I like to wrap each bar individually and keep them in the fridge for convenience. Who am I kidding, that rarely happens. I went to slice this block up and my family dug in and the next thing I know I was forced to keep it as a granola…again.
This recipe is so flexible. Like more nuts in your granola…add more. More of a seed person…go ahead add in some sunflower seeds. Almond butter more of your style, do your thing, just give and take with the ingredients to make sure the moisture content is right. If it ends up too dry add in a little more peanut butter 1 tablespoon at a time.
Here’s to nourishing our bodies one recipe at a time!