peanut butter chocolate chip granola

peanut butter chocolate chip granola This granola is not what I would classify as a healthy breakfast alternative. I would say that it falls into the sugar cereal family rather than the Ezekiel cereal family, but that’s ok. My philosophy when it comes to food is that it’s all about balance, and some days we want something healthy for breakfast, and some days we want something naughty like this granola!  This granola is a cinch to whip up, as it only takes 30 minute tops, and requires only 6 simple pantry ingredients! Easy peasy!

This granola is addicting!  So addicting that I find myself digging into my mason jar and grabbing handfuls all day long. I’ll be honest with you, this granola has become a bit of a bad habit in my house. I’ve been making it non-stop and we’ve been eating it non-stop.  Hmmm… maybe it’s time for a kale salad and a green juice detox!

So, basically, if you love peanut butter, like really love peanut butter, and love chocolate, then you will adore this granola and you will become addicted like me…..

peanut butter chocolate chip granola… 

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