Elvis Granola

by jenna on March 23, 2011

And when I say “Elvis Granola”, I clearly mean chocolate peanut butter granola, also known as the best thing to ever dominate your cereal bowl…or mouth.

After making this yesterday, I literally danced around the kitchen with Dexter in crunchy-salty-sweet happy dance. This granola would be perfect over vanilla yogurt, with milk or just eaten straight out of hand, which was what I was doing for the majority of the day.

I.just.couldn’t.stop. And neither will you!

So, this recipe makes a lot but trust me, you’re going to want it. Personally, I don’t know who wouldn’t want an entire pound of chocolate peanut butter granola in their kitchen at all times, but that’s just me.

Plus, it’s great to have on hand for afternoon snacks and lasts practically forever when stored in a large tupperware container.

I also like to think this is somewhat healthy. Mainly because it contains oats, but also because it contains ground flax and dark chocolate. Nothing says “healthy” like dark chocolate and flax! Don’t worry about all the sugar and the teeny bit of canola oil. It’s all in the name of Elvis.

My old favorite breakfast was chocolate chip pancakes. My new favorite breakfast is a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with this granola. And a sliced banana for good measure. And maybe some bacon on the side. The touch of sea salt in this recipe really puts it right over the edge. Kinda like something else I know and love.

Breakfast of champions!

Elvis Granola

makes about 1 lb granola

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup canola oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

4 cups old fashioned oats

1/4 cup ground flaxseeds

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

2/3 cup chopped dark chocolate (or miniature chocolate chips)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275.

Bring the canola oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon to a simmer on the stove. Cook for three to five minutes.

While that’s cooking, mix together the oats, ground flax, peanuts and sunflower seeds. Pour hot syrup mixture over the oats and toss well to coat. Spread out granola onto two lined sheet trays and bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning trays midway through.

Let granola cool completely before adding the chopped chocolate.

Time:

1.5 hours (including cooling time)

** this granola will stay fresh for about a month sealed in tupperware and kept in the fridge.

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Estela @ Weekly Bite March 23, 2011 at 5:21 am

What a perfect combo!! I need this granola in my life… like now :)

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 23, 2011 at 5:25 am

Wow this sounds incredible!! Chocolate and peanut butter is obviously a match made in heaven but I never thought to take it to granola before. Yum!

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 5:31 am

This sounds amazing, but I’m not sure it could beat my coconut, dark chocolate, cherry granola. It’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself. ;)

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Baking & Books March 23, 2011 at 5:34 am

Oh my – that does sound good.

Where do you get the inspiration for your recipes? A particular cook-book or off the top of your head?
I’m obsessed with granola. Wouldn’t Elvis add bacon though? ;)

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Michelle March 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

Yummy!! Cherry Garcia Granola! well except the Coconut! That sounds really good.

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Jessica @ How Sweet March 23, 2011 at 5:48 am

I made elvis granola but added bacon… it’s naughty!!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg March 23, 2011 at 6:23 am

That sounds amazing!

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jenna March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

that is naughty…but I like it!

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ashley March 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

too funny, i saw this and was thinking, this sounds amazing…the only thing missing is bacon lol

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Julie H. April 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

You girls are on a roll! :)

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Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 23, 2011 at 5:49 am

And I thought granola with chocolate was insanely heavenly, and now you add PB?!

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maria @ Chasing the Now March 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

I’d recommend keeping this in the fridge if you plan on it hanging around for a few days. Ground flax goes bad quickly when not refrigerated.

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Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] March 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

I love granola! And the PB and chocolate additions sound too good to be true. I’m on it!

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Meredith @ An Epic Change March 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

I thought “Elvis” was pb + banana… regardless, it looks delicious.

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

This needs banana chips!

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Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

I was just thinking, I wonder if there is a way to coat everything in some kind of banana concoction?! That would take the Elvis thing to a whole new level!

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jenna March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

I actually BOUGHT banana chips two days ago just to put in this granola and then…I forgot. So yes! It does need banana chips. :)

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Sana April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Banana chipsss! You rock Jenna!

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kalli March 23, 2011 at 5:53 am

oh this looks so good. can’t beat peanut butter and chocolate!

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Lesley Lifting Life March 23, 2011 at 5:54 am

I’ve been meaning to make granola for awhile now, and this granola recipe looks top notch … bookmarking now!

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Jenn from Much to My Delight March 23, 2011 at 5:54 am

I’ve seen a lot of recipes for granola on the blogs lately, but I think this one sounds like it’s the most up my alley. And by “up my alley” I really mean: Please pour that directly in my mouth. Thanks!

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Rosey Rebecca March 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

I need to make this immediately. You are a genius! I feel like I would eat the whole pound in one sitting, though. :-)

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cathy b. March 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

awesome. Just awesome.
Thanks!
cathy b.

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Christie {Nourishing Eats} March 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

I make a lot of granola for my husband and he would totally love this one!!

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Haleigh March 23, 2011 at 6:02 am

I will be making that granola this weekend!! Looks ridiculously good!

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Meghan March 23, 2011 at 6:04 am

Wow. Have to make this soon!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 23, 2011 at 6:06 am

I need this NOW!!! Sounds awesome Jenna!

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Urban Wife March 23, 2011 at 6:07 am

Ok, I need to make this stat. Thanks for sharing!

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock March 23, 2011 at 6:14 am

Ooooh this is amazing. I think it’s going to change my life ;D Wonderful recipe. Definitely going to try this one!

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Amy March 23, 2011 at 6:15 am

Woah. Yum. Must make this pronto… This would make a lovely gift, as well! (My Mama might be getting a jar full for Mother’s Day!… PB& Chocolate is her first love, too…. like mother, like daughter, you know :)

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

Homemade granola is the best! I can eat it nonstop :) Definitely going to try this version!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

This is the best looking granola I’ve seen! It would last 2 seconds in my kitchen.

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Holly @ The Runny Egg March 23, 2011 at 6:24 am

This looks delicious — choc + PB in granola sounds great! I loved the suggestion of adding banana chips in there — I think PB/banana was Elvis’ love as well?

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Jenn March 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

I made peanut butter granola last year and it hardly had time to get off the cooling tray before I had demolished it!! The chocolate addition would be awesome too :)

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Marina March 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

I just made some granola few days ago, and it’s seriously addictive. If I make this, and I plan to, I think I’ll eat the whole batch in a day!

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Evan Thomas March 23, 2011 at 6:31 am

This granola would not last a week around here. Sounds addicting!

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Ruth March 23, 2011 at 6:31 am

This looks fab. I’ve made Kath’s crunchy buackwheat granola quite a few times but this looks equally as good!

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 23, 2011 at 6:34 am

Hunka, hunka, burnin’ YUM!!

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d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo March 23, 2011 at 6:38 am

YUM!! I might sub the ground flax seed for whole, just to add another bite. What a great idea!

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Richelle March 23, 2011 at 6:39 am

Wow, this granola sounds like ambosia if you ask me. Anything with peanut butter and dark chocolate is good!

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Corina March 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

This looks so healthy. Would be delicious with joghurt.

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megan @ whatmegansmaking March 23, 2011 at 6:53 am

sounds delicious! I love peanut butter granola, but never thought to add chocolate chunks!

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staceyhealthylife March 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

Amazing, love it. Can’t wait to make some.

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

I made my first batch of chocolate peanut butter granola just the other week! I absolutely looooved it. The peanut butter adds such a lovely soft crumble to granola.

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Tasha @ Voracious March 23, 2011 at 7:06 am

OH YES! This looks so incredibly delicious…it would be like dessert for breakfast. Thanks for another great recipe!Tt

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Ida March 23, 2011 at 7:18 am

I love all granola, but this one looks amazing. I think I would add in some banana chips too..

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

AWESOME recipe!!! I’ve never tried making my own granola, although I have made granola bars. Anything with oats, nuts, fruit, and nut butter HAS to be fantastic. ;)

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Amanda March 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

I love this! And the name! :) What a wonderful post! I just ran out of granola too..so this came at the perfect time!

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maggy@threemanycooks March 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

MAKING THIS TO-DAY! Looks absolutely delicious….! Will let you know how it turns out.

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jenna March 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

let me know how you like it! :)

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Maria March 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

All of my favorites in one recipe!

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Mariah March 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

Whoa this looks delish, I can’t wait to try it!

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PoweredbyPeanutButter March 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

This looks so good, but I think it would be gone in record time!

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Jenny March 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

I absolutely LOVE dark chocolate mixed with peanut butter and oats…reminds me of the “no bake cookies” that my mom used to make..but healthier! I can just imagine what this tastes like mixed in with my vanilla greek yogurt:) YUM!

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Angharad March 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

YES. You read my mind! It’s snowing heavily here in MN after a day of super heavy rain a.k.a. all I want to do is go home and make this granola and curl up with a book and munch it. You’ve outdone yourself :)

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jenna March 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

snow, reading and this granola sounds fabulous! Let me know how you like it if you make it! :)

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 23, 2011 at 8:01 am

I LOVE granola and yours looks incredible. Not to mention, I love the name of the granola. ;)

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rebecca lustig March 23, 2011 at 8:03 am

chocolate, pb and granola. three of my most favorite things!

-Rebecca
http://fromheretothereinpurple.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/rlustig

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

I am all over that sweet and salty combo! I know what i’m making this weekend :)

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Emily @ Life On Food March 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

This sounds like the best snack for any time, any day. Heck how about all day long! I am scared to make it because it sounds like I would munch and crunch until it is gone.

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Ella March 23, 2011 at 8:15 am

Wait so… Why Elvis? Am I missing out on some common cultural tidbit here?!

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jenna March 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

lol! maybe it’s a southern thing—Elvis’ favorite combination was chocolate, peanut butter and sometimes banana. In the South, we have “elvis cupcakes”. :)

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ella March 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

oh my gosh YUM! sometimes when I read your blog I think, “what is wrong with me, why have I never visited the South?!”

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

Yay! I’ve been thinking of a nice recipe I can make to give to a friend and I think she will love this (and I know I will too) so I am definitely making a big batch of this soon.

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katie March 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

When I saw Elvis I knew this granola was amazing!!! I have never made my own granola, and I really need to change that, there are so many kinds you can make!!! love this!

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postcollegecook March 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

Printed. And now anxiously awaiting spare time to make it! Thanks.

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Natalia - a side of simple March 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

Muah ha ha. Simply glorious.

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Khushboo March 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

Wow all my face things in one recipe! You’ve outdone yourself !

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Alison @ Hospitality Haven March 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

Ohhhhhhhh how I want to make this!!

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Blog is the New Black March 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

Stunning pics! I can only imagine how wonderful this tastes!!!

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faith @ lovelyascharged March 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

As soon as I saw “elvis”, my brain automatically thought “peanut butter and
banana”…I’m so glad this was loaded with chocolate instead!

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Heather @ Heather's Dish March 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

Oh my word. I have been needing to master chocolate granola for months now!

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Jesse March 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

this is right up my alley, will definitely add bananas. as a tribute to the king of course.

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Melissa March 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

This sounds awesome! I want to make it now! One question- when you say “lined” trays, is parchment paper okay? Or aluminum foil?? Thanks!

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jenna March 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

parchment paper is perfect!

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Bex March 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’ve just put in my order for the ingredients for this granola. I had put up a recipe for the kind I make for husband and he loves it. He, however, does not like chocolate (yeah, can you beLIEVE THAT?) so I want to make my own jar of this recipe.

Here’s mine FYI:
Bex’s Homemade Granola

And thanks!

Bex

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Meghan @ StruggleMuffins March 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

PB + Dark Chocolate = God’s gift to tastebuds. Mmmm…

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dee March 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

ohh, i like this. I really, really like it. ;)

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Jenna (hello, i love you) March 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

Granola has been my pregnancy craving of the week and this looks freaking amazing! I might just have to make this today! :)

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Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen March 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

Ohh – need this in my life!!

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Emily @ Savory and Savage March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter granola? Oh, my!

I might just start eating granola again :-)

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

“Personally, I don’t know who wouldn’t want an entire pound of chocolate peanut butter granola in their kitchen”-

And if they aren’t on board, they’re crazy :)

What an awesome recipe, Jenna! I make all my own granola too. I can make it as “healthy” or ahem, unhealthy with extra brown sugar and extra chocolate, as I want. And it’s wayyyy cheaper that way too than storebought.

Love the chocolate + PB factor in yours!

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Cara March 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

That looks amazing! I would def want a pound of that in my kitchen!

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Ashley @perfectleypeared March 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

This looks gorgeous! I bet some butterscotch chips would be good in it too! :) mmhh it looks so refreshing and I can imagine eating it with skim milk poured over. perfect.

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Oh so yum! I love topping my breakfast with a good dose of granola. These has all of my favorite ingredients.

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Happy When Not Hungry March 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Wow this granola looks amazing! I love peanut butter and chocolate and have never thought to incorporate that into granola. Yum!

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Liz @ IHeartVegetables March 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Ohhh my gosh, it’s like a healthy dessert for breakfast!

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Brooke at Plum Pie March 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm

As a girl who grew up in Memphis, I SO appreciate this recipe. Add some bananas and it is the perfect Elvis meal. Can’t wait to try this!

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Sasha March 24, 2011 at 12:52 am

Oooh this recipe just called out my name and I had to make it. Like now. So I did. And I’m having an entire cup of it for lunch. (Yes, who says you can’t eat it for lunch?)

I forgot that the flax seeds had to be ground so I ended up adding them whole.
I also added unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped almonds and raisins.
(Usually one would add raisins to the baked granola, but I forgot and mixed it in with my dry ingredients so the raisins were baked to chewy perfection. Who knew!)

Thanks!

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Lori Delgado March 24, 2011 at 1:18 am

Hi Jenna! YUMMY! Funny, I just made some granola last night almost just like this, mine had 1/4 cup mashed banana in it and I added the choc chips after it came out while still warm and they melted into it to coat the granola with chocolate yumminess!! Yours sounds really good and I am DEFINITELY gonna be making it soon. Love the flax and sunflower seeds in it.

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Heidi - Apples Under My Bed March 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Yep.
I’ll be making this.
Yep.
:)
Heidi xo

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Katie @ www.princessofpavement.com March 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

Four words: Oh. My. God. Brilliant!

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Katherine: Unemployed March 26, 2011 at 10:30 am

I’m surprised there were no elvis theories about michael jackson feigning his own death and still being alive. great recipe! the pic of the notebook looks like mine with the food all over it :)

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Emily March 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

This was soooooo delicious… I treated myself to two hefty servings of it today… Less tomorrow :D

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Danielle March 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Amazing! I’ve never had homemade granola before. I followed exactly except that I added raisins along with the chocolate.

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amanda April 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hi! Just wanted to tell you I’m making my second batch right now! I split the first batch with my dad for part of his birthday treats, and I’m already in need of more. I followed the recipe as is. It’s delicious!! And it makes a great dessert (or dinner) with some vanilla frozen yogurt. Thanks!

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Lori Delgado April 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Hi Jenna :) I made this last night and LOVE it!!!!!!! I am OBSESSED with homemade granola and have 7 different varieties in my cupboard right now!!! I eat it at night with sliced banana and skim milk, so I decreased the choc chips so it wouldn’t be too sweet. I used 1/4 cup and added it a few minutes after it came out so that it actually somewhat melted into chocolate clumps throughout and it was to die for!!!! Love it! Thanks!!!

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Kelly J. R. April 11, 2011 at 9:36 am

I just made this yesterday and OMG (!) it’s SO good! I added about a half a cup of dried banana chips and used peanut oil instead of canola because I was out. So good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Sue April 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm

BOOKMARKED! Thanks!

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Julia April 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Loooove this recipe!!!

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Emilee June 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

Is this worth making if I don’t have sun flower seeds? :)

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Kaylie August 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

So, I have wanted to try this recipe for a really long time but just haven’t but today I decided was the day (especially since I had 98% of the ingredients and substituted a couple). Well, I am that baker that does not read the recipe all the way through and thought that I just added all the ingredients together and poured on the syrup mixture AND I added the chocolate chips. Before putting it in the oven, I read the whole recipe and lo and behold, I had to pick out every single one of those chocolate chips.

I thought you might get a kick out of that. The granola is delicious, though, and my mom and I have been devouring it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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Katie October 6, 2011 at 7:04 am

Great recipe, but I would recommend less baking time than the 40 minutes. I followed the recipe exactly, but my granola was a little burnt. Next time I make this, I will cook for 30 minutes instead. I also added in some dried cherries and cranberries at the end. Yum :)

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Katie October 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Oh goodness…I saw this posted on Cotter Crunch’s website and this looks AWESOME and gosh darn it, I have all the ingredients except for the peanuts, so looks like it’s time to whip up some granola. Love it! Looks like this could also be a great gift idea. Thanks!

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Michelle February 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I just made this for the second time and had to comment on how amazing it is!! I made a few subs – almond butter for the pb and agave for the maple syrup, just because I had those on hand. Thanks for another great go-to recipe :)

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Claire L September 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Woah, Jenna, this is really a masterpiece you’ve created here. I made this granola (and some others) to take with me to college to eat for breakfast, and, man, is it good. It has become my favorite meal of the day. I won’t let myself keep a jar of peanut butter in my room because I know I’d just eat it by the spoonful, so this Elvis Granola of yours is my peanut butter stand-in. I had to make myself ration it the first two weeks before I could get home to make a double recipe. Thanks for providing peanut butter and chocolatey happiness to this good food-deprived college student!

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Salyna October 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm

This sounds AMAZING!! If I added some flour, milk , eggs and baking powder, do you think I could make granola bars instead?

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Kari Routledge November 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm

This just might be the best granola I have ever made. Awesome and yummy!!

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