Time: 1 Hour
Yield: 4 Cups Cooked Granola
(5 Item Recipe)
Naturally Vegan & Vegetarian
3 Cups Organic Oats
1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
1/4 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350. Put oats into large bowl. In a small bowl take organic cane sugar and add boiling water and stir until you form a nice syrup and all granules have dissolved. Take olive oil and add to cane sugar and stir. In another small bowl take peanut butter and heat until soft then add to cane sugar mixture and stir until well blended. In your large bowl of oats add a little cane sugar mixture and stir blending to coat all oats with mixture. Keep adding sugar mixture until all oats are coated and mixed well. In a oven safe dish preferably a large flat one (I used a glass pyrex) spread a thin layer of the oat mixture pressing down so it is all even. The thinner the better and more even the oats will cook. It usually makes several batches. Take the oven safe dish and put in oven for 20 minutes. Check oats after 2o minutes and mix up then press down again and put back into oven for 10 more minutes until golden brown. You may need a couple more minutes depending on the thickness of the spread. I repeat these steps 3 to 4 times until all the mixture is cooked. When the mixture is done put done granola into a bowl to cool. Once all batches are completed and cooled. In a food processor take chocolate and chop it up until the chips are smaller but still rough chop. Take chocolate bits and the dust it will make and drop into your cooled and cooked granola stirring to evenly distribute.
This is a healthy alternative to other sweets. The whole grains in the oats and using the healthy fats makes it a great choice as a sweet treat instead of other highly processed, trans fat, synthetic foods with chemicals, additives and preservatives. This recipe has only 5 whole ingredients all that you pronounce allowing you to know where your food is coming from. This sweet treat is pure and delicious. I make this regularly and have it around often. If you want to reduce the fat you can also omit the peanut butter and add hot water in the place of the peanut butter adding the hot water to the sugar mixture. If you want to decrease the glycemic index and lower the sugar you can also use agave which we do often in place of the vegan cane sugar. If using agave you will only need 3/4 Cups. Makes a great cereal for dessert or just eaten as a mixture.
Great Sweet for Adults and Kids
Kids love this as a mix, or dessert cereal. We enjoy adding almond or soymilk to it or just eating it as it is. If you have a Adult in the house that eats a lot of processed sweets this is a great alternative to getting them off the other crap. Having bowls of this around is a great way to break free from the processed, high fat, high sugar sweets moving towards whole grains and better choices.
If you have a peanut allergy omit the peanut butter and replace with 1/4 cup hot water adding it to the cane sugar mixture.