Chunky Monkey Granola

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by Amy on September 25, 2012 · 7 comments

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)

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Heidi December 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

I’ve been looking for granola recipes. This one looks really great!



the wicked noodle September 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

YUM, Amy!! I’ve never had granola with banana chips in it. Sounds sooo good!


Veronica September 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Hey, what a cool variation on granola! Love the idea of the banana chips1


Cher September 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

I want to make these into little balls that the kids can eat without a mess. Would that work? Yum.


Amy September 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

Absolutely! After you mix the warm sauce with the dry ingredients, form into tablespoon sized balls (ideally with a small cookie scoop), pressing firmly together. Place them on a lined cookie sheet and then put in the refrigerator to set. They’ll be bite size so they can just pop each one into their mouth – no mess!


pam September 25, 2012 at 7:00 am

I am always looking for different variations of granola, I expect this to be a favorite!


Sandi Benoit September 25, 2012 at 6:41 am

I actually think the grandkids would eat this one!!! I just won’t say the words granola or “good for you.” LOL


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