Chewy Granola

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. In this case, when life gives you a failed recipe, you make it a new and delightful topping for Greek yogurt! Yesterday I was playing with a recipe for a healthy chewy granola bar, but I had my ratios of honey to oats off. As a result, it never hardened into a bar and fell apart as I cut it. However, the resulting mistake was amazing! As someone who has never appreciated hard and crunchy granola (I have a cracked molar to thank for that!) I was so happy to find a lightly crunchy but still soft granola! I also love how you can control the sugar in this granola. Add more honey or even add 1/4 cup of brown sugar if you are wanting a really sweet granola. You can also cut way back on the honey and use dried cranberries in place of the M&M's if you want to slim down on the sugar.

The recipe below is for a peanut butter, pretzel and M&M granola. However, if that's not your jam, add in ingredients like coconut, chocolate chips, dried cherries etc.. Make your own special combo!!

Enjoy! 

Chewy Granola

Makes 4 cups of granola

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats 
  • 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels 
  • 1/3 cup mini M&M’s 

Instructions

preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cereal, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, salt, peanut butter, pretzels and M&M’s. Spread on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container on the counter. Serve on frozen yogurt, Greek yogurt, sliced fruit or eat with a little milk!