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Peanut Butter M&M Granola

Smooth and creamy peanut butter, a touch of honey, the crunchiest crumbles of oats and flax with mini M&Ms sprinkled throughout and best of all, HEALTHY! Granola has officially been taken to a whole new level.

Peanut Butter M&M Granola

 
I’m just gonna start out by saying that this is some seriously…. dangerously even…. addictive granola. I’ll be the first one to admit to anyone that I have portion control issues and make myself measure out my servings. So I measured out my granola breakfast…. measured out my granola lunch….. measured out my granola snack…. measured out my granola dinner……uh… ok, yes, I’m kidding…. Sort of 😉

Peanut Butter M&M Granola

The great news is that this beautiful combo of peanut butter and chocolate is also packed full of oatmeal and flax. 1/2 cup is 234 calories, 6g Protein and gFiber. In the world of granola (yes, there is a world of granola out there…. not that I am obsessed or anything) that’s pretty darn good. And in the world of peanut butter chocolate granola…. Well, that’s awesome!
If you go to the store and browse the cereal sale, you’ll find tons of granola, all different kinds of grains and nuts and flavors. Unfortunately most of them are also packed full of oils, tons of sugar, and fairly ridiculous calorie counts. When I’m eating granola (even granola that tastes like a peanut butter cup) I expect it to be reasonably healthy. I mean, we are talking granola here, not a double chocolate fudge brownie!!! There are so many things to love about this granola that I thought a list was warranted. One thing you should know about me, I do love making lists.

Things to Love About Homemade Granola.
1) Short and basic ingredient list
2) CHEAP!
3)  So super easy
4) 10x healthier than store bought, in my professional opinion 😉
5) Makes your entire house smell like a bakery
6) Most importantly, the FLAVOR!

To me, store bought granola is always just… Meh. It’s always kinda stale tasting. Basically not awesome. Trust me though, if you thought you weren’t a granola person, I implore you (yes, implore, granola is serious business, especially to those of us who are a part of the diverse granola WORLD) to give this a try. The peanut butter and honey work together in the best of ways to keep the crumbles perfectly crunchy. Not crispy and sharp, not oddly chewy, but a perfectly peanut buttery crumbly melt-in-your-mouth kind of way. Throw in some mini M&Ms and I’ll repeat to you my previous warning. Dangerously addictive!! You could of course substitute chocolate chips for the M&Ms or add in nuts but personally, I love it as is. Those tiny little M&Ms have just the right amount of chocolate and crunch. Eat it for breakfast in a bowl of milk, throw some in a bag for a great snack on the go, or sprinkle some over a bowl of frozen yogurt to give your dessert a healthy crunchy kick….. If you’re anything like me though, you might consider making a double batch!
 

Peanut Butter M&M Granola

 

Note: I’m not in any way being compensated by Mars, Incorporated for using M&Ms in my recipe. I just love them:)

Peanut Butter M&M Granola

  • Yield: 12 servings (1/2 cup)
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup golden flaxseed milled (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini M&Ms (mini chocolate chips can be substituted)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 215F

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flax, cinnamon, and salt.

  3. In a small  microwave safe bowl, whisk together the peanut butter and honey. If your peanut butter was refrigerated or is particularly thick, heat it in the microwave for about 10 seconds.

  4. Pour the peanut butter and honey mixture into the oat mixture and mix well.

  5. Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

  6. Bake for 2 hours and 15 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes.

  7. Allow to cool completely before breaking apart larger crumbles adding M&Ms.

  8. I love eating this plain with a cup of coffee, served in a bowl of milk, or sprinkled over frozen yogurt.

Notes

Nutrition Facts Servings 12 (1/2 cup) Amount Per Serving Calories 234 Total Fat 10g Saturated Fat 2g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 1mg Sodium 31mg Potassium 15mg Total Carbohydrate 33g Dietary Fiber 4g Sugars 16g Protein 6g

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