I’ve been eyeing some really cute bathing suits…and doing that just puts me in panic mode! I have to tell you, since I’ve started this blog, I’ve gained weight! Yes, my recipes are all healthy, but when you eat dinner for lunch (because daylight is best for food photography) then eat dinner for dinner, well, things start to get a bit pudgy. To make things even pudgier, I’ve been using that time I used to set aside for working out to cook. And of course, when there is cooking, there is eating!
So, I didn’t want to throw my body into shock or to feel deprived. I love sweets and crave them! This granola is the perfect healthy snack. Just be careful to grab a portion, close the lid and step away…or you may end up eating an entire jar of it! It’s addicting! Eat this just as it is as a snack, sprinkled on some yogurt with banana slices, in a small bowl with some milk or over some low fat ice cream.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter (I use a natural peanut butter, see Notes)
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup golden flaxseed meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1 egg white, beaten until frothy
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.
In a medium bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave for one minute on high. Remove from the microwave and mix in the peanut butter. The heat from the oil will melt the peanut butter. Add the oats and flaxseed meal and stir to coat. Add the beaten egg, stir again, then add the brown sugar and salt. Stir until completely coated.
Spread the granola on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring things up about halfway through.
Cool the granola on the baking sheet. When completely cooled, add the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.
- I stopped buying regular peanut butter about a year ago. Just read the label. It’ll make you want to stop too! There are so many additives like hydrogenated fats, salt and sugar. And forget those “low fat” peanut butters. They are even worse as far as additives go. Look for natural peanut butter and compare labels. Some people say they don’t like the taste of the natural kind. My family said that too when I first started using it. Now, they are so used to it, they actually prefer it.
- I use some coconut oil in this recipe for several reasons. It’s said to help raise your good cholesterol, it can help us lose weight because it metabolizes differently than other fats, it can help to stabilize our blood sugar and can also strengthen our immune system. It is high in saturated fat, but when limited to 2 to 3 tablespoons a day, it can be beneficial.
- Flax is a great source of omega-3’s, fiber and has antioxidant qualities. Store flaxseed meal in the refrigerator or the freezer.
- If you love granola as much as I do, you may also like this version!