Dark Chocolate Granola with Peanut Butter

Dark Chocolate Granola with Peanut Butter (A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll)

8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

5 tablespoons brown sugar (or 4 tablespoons raw sugar and 1 tablespoon molasses)

5 tablespoons dark, raw honey

6 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon vegetable oil or coconut oil 

1 heaping tablespoon chunky raw peanut butter

1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional, you can use more coconut oil)

4 tablespoons dark cocoa powder 

1 pinch sea salt

1 handful whole, raw almonds, roughly chopped

1 handful whole, raw walnuts, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)

2 tablespoons wheat germ (optional)

2-4 tablespoons unsweetened raw ground coconut (optional)

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.

In a small sauce pan, bring the sugar, honey, orange juice, salt, oil, butter and peanut butter to a simmer- just until the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the coconut.

In a large rimmed cookie sheet pan or jelly roll pan, place the oats, chopped nuts, flax seed and wheat germ.  Pour the cocoa mixture over the oats and stir until the oats and nuts are well coated.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool and store in an air-tight container.

*Note: This granola is lower in sugar and fat than your typical store-bought granola. The oats will not be in as big of clumps as you might be used to.  But trust me, it is totally delicious and you won't miss all that extra fat, calories and sugar.