Get ready for some yummy, friends! You just can’t lose when combining oats, rice cereal, nuts, banana chips, and chocolate. If that doesn’t sound good to you, then your taste buds are broken. Broken!
Originally meant to be in bar form, I changed it up a bit, crumbled it, and voila…granola!
Still on my quest to find quick things for the kiddos (and me!) to eat in the morning, this fits the bill. The bad part is, I also ate it with my lunch, mid-afternoon snack, pre-dinner, post-dinner, and a tiny nibble before bed.
I think I gained 2 pounds this weekend noshing on it. Step away from the bowl, Amy. Step away from the bowl.
Chunky Monkey Granola
Makes 6 cups
Prep time: 15 minutes
• 2 cups quick oats
• 1 cup crispy rice cereal
• 3/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
• 3/4 cup chopped dried banana chips
• 1/4 cup unsalted butter
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/4 cup sunflower butter or creamy peanut butter
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, crispy rice cereal, walnuts, and banana chips. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter then stir in the brown sugar, honey, and sunflower butter or peanut butter. Bring to a boil. Give it a stir and remove from heat. Mix in the vanilla – be careful, it will bubble up like crazy for a second or two!
Immediately pour the sauce over the dry ingredients and gently stir to combine. Let cool slightly and then mix in your chocolate chips (if you do not want your chocolate to melt at all, then cool mixture in the refrigerator thoroughly and then add in your chocolate.)
Store granola in a sealed container or Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, but good luck making it last that long!
(adapted from the evil genius, Rebecca, at Foodie With Family)