At this time each year I make granola, usually in preparation for our family vacation. This year inspired by a recipe on ohsheglows.com, I am adding dark chocolate, it’s supposed to be good for you, right? I am willing to believe it. Here is my version of granola with dark chocolate.
4½ cups old fashioned oats
2½ cups crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
4 Tbl butter
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325°. In large bowl, mix together oats, crispy rice cereal, craisins, dates, and peanuts. In microwave safe bowl, warm maple syrup, peanut butter, and butter until melted together. Add vanilla and salt. Pour over dry ingredients and stir gently until thoroughly combined. Stir in dark chocolate chips. Spread out evenly on two Silpat lined sheets or sprayed cookie sheets. Bake for 25-30 minutes, gently stirring a couple times and spread out again during baking (keeping track of baking time). Remove and cool completely (granola does set up and stay in clumps as it cools). Store in airtight container. Eat as a snack, in a bowl with milk or on top of ice cream, yogurt, you decide. We think it’s yummy!
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