Skinny Cherry Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Skinny Cherry Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola by @BackForSeconds #healthy #chocolate #peanutbutter #snack #breakfast http://backforseconds.com

Skinny recipes are so much fun to create – and when they taste like this, they are even more fun to eat!

This is the first granola recipe on Back For Seconds but I doubt it will be the last. I love foods with layers of flavors and various textures – this is the jackpot!  Eat it on yogurt or in a bowl with milk, or just eat it by the handfuls!

It starts off with your basic old fashioned oats, and I added some chia seeds to really boost the nutritional value. Those things are powerhouses of nutrition and they have a nice nutty flavor. I added dried cherries for a little chewy texture and a pop of fruity sweetness, and some cinnamon because I love it so much and have to add it to nearly everything I make :)

Skinny Cherry Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola by Back For Seconds #healthy #chocolate #peanutbutter #snack #breakfast http://backforseconds.com

I melted a bit of peanut butter and honey to coat the oats with  – that’s what makes those yummy clusters of goodness!

What about the chocolate? Looks pretty chocolatey, right? All that chocolate can’t be skinny, can it?

After the granola baked, I immediately sprinkled a small handful of chocolate chips over the mixture and let it sit. After a bit I gave it a stir and some of the chocolate melted and started to coat the granola. Really it’s just a small amount of chocolate and it’s dark chocolate anyway so it’s got anti oxidants and all that so it’s good for you, kay?

Just eat it :)

Skinny Cherry Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola by Back For Seconds #healthy #chocolate #peanutbutter #snack #breakfast http://backforseconds.com

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Skinny Cherry Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola by Back For Seconds #healthy #chocolate #peanutbutter #snack #breakfast http://backforseconds.com

Skinny Cherry Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola

Serves 6-8
Prep time 35 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable
Decadent flavors of cherry, chocolate and peanut butter come together in this skinny granola you can feel good about eating!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2/3 cups dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 325*
Step 2
Stir together oats, chia seeds, cherries, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. set aside.
Step 3
In a small bowl microwave peanut butter and honey until melted (about one minute). Stir and pour over oat mixture. Stir well until everything is evenly coated. Pour onto greased cookie sheet and press down so the mixture all sticks together in the pan. Bake 12 minutes then stir. Bake 10 more minutes and stir again. Bake 5 more minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and let cool. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.
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Comments

  1. says

    Oooh, I love a skinny granola. I’m obsessed with granola at the moment. And I’ve never had chia seeds. I’ll have to look for them!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness, this granola looks out of this world INSANE, Stephanie! I heart granola and eat it every single morning.. but mine isn’t nearly as delicious and indulgent as this! Chocolate, peanut butter and cherries? Sign me up. I want this on my yogurt tomorrow AM!

    • says

      I totally should have sent you some in your birthday package!! Doh!
      Thanks, Hayley :)

  3. says

    i’m just a tad bit obsessed with granola. and peanut butter. and chocolate. and you already knew all of that. And this???? I must make it! I love the cherries and chia seeds involved. :)

  4. says

    You had me at the word "skinny" but then to follow it with cherries, peanut butter, chocolate? I love it! Can't wait to try it out.
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style.

  5. Monica says

    How many calories do you think are in a serving of this? Or I guess the whole recipe & broken down into servings?

    • says

      There are about 160 calories in each 1/4 cup serving. I probably only used about 2 Tbs on my yogurt though and it was plenty! Enjoy!

  6. Mindy Sturgeon says

    Absolutely delicious! I ate it like cereal and it was amazing :)

  7. Julie says

    Hey, thank you for the recipe!!! I have made this twice, the second adding a bit of vannila to the PB/honey mixture and can’t decide which is better. Do you think is a good substitute for the peanut butter? My friends got a daughter who is allergic and I wanted to bring this around for treat as my kids (and others) gobble it up. There is soy but butter but what about sunflower seed butter? If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate them. Thanks.

    • Julie says

      Soy nut butter. Sorry

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe!! I have not tried it with anything but peanut butter, but I’m sure any butter would work just fine. Even cookie butter like Biscoff!

      • Julie says

        Thanks! I see how this goes.

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