Banana, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Granola

Yes, this is as good as it looks. And no, you will not be able to stop eating it. I made this granola a while ago and it was gone in about a day and a half, so I had to make it again. It is a great snack, and is so irresistible. I made my own applesauce for this recipe, which you can choose to do or not. I got so used to making it for Gwenny to eat, that I can’t really see myself buying it in a jar knowing how easy it is. The original recipe says that the chocolate is optional, but…come on.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oat
  • 2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, warmed slightly
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups dried banana chips
  • 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

To make your own applesauce:

Preheat the oven to 400. Peel and core 2 apples, or more if you’d like extra. Cut the apples into large chunks and place in a casserole dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until apples are very tender. Transfer apples and any juices into a food processor and blend until smooth.

For the granola:

Preheat the oven to 325.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats and puffed rice cereal.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, applesauce, mashed banana, peanut butter, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar until smooth.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until the oat mixture is evenly coated. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet in a thick even layer.

Bake for 15 minutes, then pull out of the oven and carefully turn the granola over in segments.  Bake for an additional 15 minutes.  Depending on the size of your baking sheet, the center may not be fully dried.  If necessary, remove the edges of cooked granola and bake the remaining granola for 10-15 minutes more or until done, being careful not to over-bake. Cool on a wire rack.

Once the granola has cooled slightly, crumble it into a large bowl.  Add in the dried banana chips, honey roasted peanuts and bittersweet chocolate. Mix well to combine.  Store in an airtight container.

Source: Annie’s Eats

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