Granola is an awesome thing. It packs an amazing nutritional punch, and it is really, really tasty. I love to serve granola with fruit, with yogurt, or just on the side. I am known to pack it into lunch boxes, and to serve it as an afternoon snack. This recipe really could not be easier. Toast, mix, bake, eat. Okay you might need to cool it before you eat it. Or at least before you let your kids eat it.

Ingredients:

4 cups of rolled oats

2 tablespoons flax meal

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 to 1 cup of chocolate chips (depends on your tastes!)

1 cup chunky peanut butter. (We prefer Skippy here!)

1/2 cup honey

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350. Spread your oats on a rimmed cookie sheet. Toast for ten minutes, stirring after five. Pull them out and set aside to cool. Grab your peanut butter and stick it into a microwave bowl. Cook for thirty seconds, stir and repeat until its melted. Liquid peanut butter is amazing stuff. Mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour in the peanut butter. Be sure to lick your fingers if you accidentally get some on you. Mix in the oats and stir to get a good even coating on everything. spread some parchment paper on the cookie sheet that you toasted the oats in. Spread your tasty mixture on top of the parchment paper. Grab another piece of parchment paper and use it to keep your hands out of the mess and press down the oat mixture into the pan. Bake for ten minutes. Allow it to cool to room temperature then put into the fridge to fully set. After about an hour take it out of the fridge and break into pieces.

My kids wait for me to break this into pieces so they can get a handful. They would eat it with every meal if I would let them!

 

-Stephanie Wright

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