Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Granola


Is anyone sick of oats yet? Not me.

I couldn't get sick of oats. I've eaten some oats every single day this week in different forms, and I feel very healthy and energized. My heart feels good and my colon has never been better.

I've been buying the giant canisters of Quaker oatmeal to eat for breakfast, but also to use in baking. Oatmeal is cheap stuff, so it's good to buy for anyone on a budget. I buy quick cooking AND old fashioned oat. Quick for breakfast and old fashioned for baking.

I used old fashioned for this granola. Do you like granola? Do you make granola? I love granola, and I've always loved it. It brings out my inner hippie. I think I was reincarnated from the seventies, by the way, but that's a whole different post.



I wanted sort of a granola I could snack on during the day, but also sprinkle on top of cereal and oatmeal. Why not a chocolate granola? Why haven't I seen it before. Everyone loves chocolate. Actually, I think it does exist.

I'm very scatterbrained and out of it today. All I can think about is this Quaker oat/Top Chef contest. I've been obsessing over it.
Have you cast your vote today? I thank you so much for all your help and support. Let's do something fun when all of this is over. A fun post of sorts. Maybe a giveaway? Let me shop around a bit.

Anyway, so I thought, heyyy why not chocolate-peanut butter-banana granola? That's one of my favorite flavor combinations. The granola contains ripe banana, brown sugar, peanut butter, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, oats, banana chips and bittersweet chocolate. Oh gosh that sounds good.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Granola

1/2 a large ripe banana
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried banana chips
1/4 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a cookie sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, mashed the banana up; whisk in brown sugar, peanut butter, water, cocoa, honey, vanilla and salt until well combined. Stir in oats until combined; spread out evenly on cookie sheet.

Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes or so, until crisp. Remove pan from oven and stir in banana chips and chocolate. Cool completely before serving.


59 comments:

  1. Oh man this looks and sounds so good! Must make ASAP!

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  2. I love granola! It's perfect in the morning.

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  3. this i so great! just recently i was looking for a way to making my granola peanut buttery (http://lifeslashjustine.blogspot.com/2009/03/fiftythreeandahalf.html). Found!

    Thanks,
    Justine

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  4. You are the oat Queen! I would eat this for breakfast in a heart beat!

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  5. this looks delicious! Nice recipe! yummy. I voted again :))

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  6. ahhh i'm loving all your oat-y recipes! i need to make this, i can't get enough of granola!

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  7. i'm still voting everyday!! i love making homemade granola, it's so much tastier than store bought stuff (although there are store brands i like, too...)

    i'm glad your colon is so healthy ;)

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  8. Sounds amazing! I eat granola every single morning. I make huge batches of it and freeze it so I have it all the time.

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  9. I absolutely love granola, but I'd never thought to make it with chocolate. But this looks fantastic, so I might not be able to resist trying it!

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  10. I'm glad to hear about the state of your colon, Em.

    This looks insanely delicious. I am going to move to your city and adopt your front door porch (and if you don't have one then I'll make one) and you'll have to pay me in food whenever you pass me, like the Billy Goat Gruff story.

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  11. That's like a party in a cereal bowl! Fantastic...as usual.

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  12. I've never made my own granola before but am totally into new things. We always have excess oats lying around our house, so this sounds quite fitting for my "clear out the overstuffed pantry while I'm home over Spring break" plan. :)

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  13. Chocolate for breakfast? I'm in!
    -For the record, the babies and I eat oats almost every morning, with various toppings, and we're fit as fiddles.

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  14. That looks great. I am a granola lover, and I could eat oatmeal all the time too! Maybe we were hippies together in a past life :)
    p.s. just voted again

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  15. Never sick of oats, but I never was one for the bananas.

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  16. You want to know my secret for being too tired to make dinner after a LONG day at work? Make some wraps (get creative with different creations)and freeze in Saran wrap. When I'm too tired to cook (like last night) I grab one, heat up, and voila! It's always a nice surprise b/c I never know which combo I grabbed. Have a wonderful night and love the recipes.

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  17. This looks good! Orangette posted a granola recipe with chocolate a while ago, but I like the idea of peanut butter, banana and chocolate together in granola since it is such a great combo.

    PS> I voted for you today. How exciting that you are #1 right now!! Good luck!

    Jenn

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  18. I've been voting for you everyday! I hope you win! :)

    I'm planning on making those banana muffins tonight and eventually I'll get around to making your doughnut balls too. I hope they're as good as they look!

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  19. Looks absolutely fabulous! And I buy the huge old canisters too...

    NAOmni

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  20. You, reincarnated from the 70's?!? I think not.... Cookies, yes; truffles, yes and yum - time for some more this weekend; granola, not so much; Beatles and The Association music, absolutely. Now, there's some 70's for you!

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  21. Looks like healthy cocoa krispies! And, no, I don't think I could ever tire of oats.

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  22. Yes i did vote today!
    That granola looks amazing. I want it for breakfast tomorrow morning. If i visualize it hard enough it will appear in time, right? :-)

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  23. You are kicking as$ on the Oats site!

    just the name of this granola makes me happy :)

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  24. Emily, I have inner-hippie, too!! Sometimes, I put on my Birkenstocks and strut around like I'm a total Flower Child. I'm so glad someone else channel's their inner peace-sign-wielding self!! This granola looks awesome, the perfect hippie treat!

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  25. MMMMMMM...Sugarplum!!!! What more can I say??

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  26. hi emily! this granola looks fantastic--i'd totally snack on it all the time. i just cast a vote for you--good luck!

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  27. Chocolate, peanut butter, banana - you cannot go wrong with that combo! Sounds very good. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that you win!!!

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  28. Totally just voted for you!! Looks delicious! GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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  29. I've never seen a granola like this. Love the stuff so will give this new version a try.

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  30. It is clear you are a natural, at baking and desserts! Keep up the good work!

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  31. I love my oats, can never get enough. Keep the recipes coming:) the granola sounds terrific!

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  32. This looks so good- I love granola, and choco-pb-banana is one of the BEST flavor combos EVER! We make granola at work, which is soooooo delish (I crave our granola) but it's a basic oat/honey/vanilla/nuts & seeds granola. Chocolate granola would def. add some variety in my granola diet.
    My favorite way to eat granola is mixed into yogurt- I'll bet this would do turn my yogurt chocolate. Sounds awesome. Must try it.

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  33. This looks so good- I love granola, and choco-pb-banana is one of the BEST flavor combos EVER! We make granola at work, which is soooooo delish (I crave our granola) but it's a basic oat/honey/vanilla/nuts & seeds granola. Chocolate granola would def. add some variety in my granola diet.
    My favorite way to eat granola is mixed into yogurt- I'll bet this would do turn my yogurt chocolate. Sounds awesome. Must try it.

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  34. Thanks for visiting! It was lovely having you over. Seeing your chocolate granola twice in 12 hours now is giving me a serious hankering for it. I'm printing it out now to try it. :) My three year old will love you for thinking of this healthy chocolate recipe.

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  35. Yum YUM! I'm not a big granola fan, but I'll eat ANYTHING with chocolate, peanut butter and banana!

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  36. Good gosh, Emily...this looks FANASTIC! I love oats. I love granola. I love chocolate. I love bananas and I love pb. Sign me up for this!! Can't wait to make it.

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  37. I could never get sick of oats. I love the idea of chocolate granola.

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  38. Very pretty..and healthful. A double whammy :)

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  39. I admit I'm not a huge oat fan - unless the oats are in granola. I would so totally eat oats like this!

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  40. This combination sounds sooo good! I absolutely love oats, chocolate, peanut butter... bananas... So this must be just about the most perfect recipe for a special weekend breakfast. Love the photographs too - thanks for all the inspiring recipes and beautiful visuals :-)

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  41. I love how you added both bananas and banana chips. Bananas, peanut butter, chocolate - what a fantastic combination! Makes my maple brown sugar oatmeal look completely boring.

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  42. Oh yum! I would love to eat this for breakfast!

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  43. Hi Em, thought I should finally check in. I've been visiting here for a long time - came to you through Sue's FN musings. Your recipes are always tempting and amazing. Thanks for sharing all your efforts!!!

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  44. I think that this should be renamed: Heaven in a bowl.

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  45. Thanks everyone!

    Yes, my colon is doing well, thanks. :)

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  46. Love homemade granola - and love the addition of chocolate - double yum.

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  47. This is really cool. My hubby eats granola for breakfast in the mornings and he just loooves chocolate so I might have to make it for him :).

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  48. i keep meaning to make my own granola... :) this one sounds fabulous! although it probably wouldn't last too long :)

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  49. I like the sound of chocolate in granola!

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  50. I can't stand dried banana chips, maybe I should make this and I will learn to like them, I love granola in general.

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  51. I keep seeing granola recipes all over the web - I think I need to make some!!

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  52. I just made this tonight, and it's pretty good! Not too sweet, and very healthy compared to the brownies I was going to make. =] I really like the bits where I can taste the banana, and next time I will probably add more. Thanks!

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  53. Hey, I was in the mood for granola so I made this! Yummy!

    ~ardie

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  54. loved your recipe I added walnuts as well... and it was a good addition in my opinion!

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