Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola

Dark chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels get married in this delicious and healthy granola! Perfect for snacking or breakfast, it’s vegan, dairy free, gluten free and made with no butter, oil or unnecessary fats! 

Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola- Dark chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels get married in this delicious and healthy granola! Perfect for snacking or breakfast, it's vegan, dairy free, gluten free and made with no butter, oil or unnecessary fats! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

Not me. 

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Granola, in my eyes, are made purely for snacking purposes.

Hungry after breakfast? A handful of granola!

Peckish just before lunch? A handful of granola!

The pre dinner snack monster hits? a handful of granola! 

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About four weeks ago, I opted out of grocery shopping because I was lazy I was organising my new shoebox (bachelor pad) and by organising, I mean being sidetracked. For four days straight, I ate granola for dinner after work.

Granola + milk + spoon + 3 refills = dinner of champions.

Just kidding, it was dinner for lazy twats like myself. 

I polished off said granola and made a mental promise to prep some salmon and beef burgers this weekend. Come Saturday morning, before meeting some friends for brunch, I made a batch of the best dark chocolate granola. Hear me out- I made it to gift some friends at work so that was the reasoning behind that. I did make the salmon and burgers after brunch.

See mum, I kept my promise. (Ignore this line everyone else).

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Sunday night, I had a craving for granola and it was after dinner so consuming it as a meal was out of the equation. During my daily errands, I was snacking on a mix of chocolate pretzels and salted pretzels and still had half a package left (I know, who does that). I decided to be cool and just mix the pretzels in the granola mix during the cooking process and leave a few extra for some texture. 

This granola is without a doubt my favourite to date. Being a big advocate of all things sweet and salty and a texture freak- this covers all bases. Not only that, but it is full of healthy fats, complex carbs and a boost of protein– thanks to the nuts and nut butter. If you use gluten free oats and pretzels (glutino is a brand I’ve used before), this makes any gluten intolerant person a happy chappy.

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I love pretzels.

I love sweet and salty. 

I love granola.

I love dark chocolate. 

Friends, we have a winner

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola (Adapted from this recipe)

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola
A sweet and salty granola spiked with a mix of pretzels- a texture lovers dream!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups rolled oats (use gluten free for gluten free option)
  2. 1/2 cup quick oats (use gluten free for gluten free option)
  3. 1/2 cup pretzels, broken up (I used a mix of chocolate covered and standard salted)
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  6. 3/4 cup natural nut butter of choice (I used Mayver's Dark Chocolate Super Spread)
  7. 3/4 cup honey
  8. 1 standard block (100 grams) of Lindt Excellence Dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Lindt 85%)
  9. 1/4-1/2 cup whole pretzels (use gluten free for gluten free option)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees Celsius. Line a large oven tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quick oats, peanuts and crushed pretzels.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the nut butter of choice with the honey until it just begins to bubble. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine until fully incorporated.
  4. Spread out the granola mixture evenly on the lined oven tray and bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on the oven) until the edges start to go slightly golden. Remove from the oven and stir through several tablespoons of the chopped chocolate. Place back in the oven and continue to bake until golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and stir through remaining chocolate and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, break up the granola and add the whole pretzels and store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Constantly keep an eye on your oven temperature throughout- my first couple of batches burnt very quickly. The use of rolled oats and quick oats provided a more loose granola. To have more cluster like granola, use strictly rolled oats.
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93 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola

  1. Granola is made to eat from the hand. Without milk. At least that’s how I do it.
    I love this – pretzels!! We only have salty boring pretzels here, so clearly, you have to send s jar over here. Go.

  2. Why didn’t I have this for my moving weekend? Sweet, salty, crunchy – perfection. Granola was meant to be a snack. Whoever decided to pretend pouring milk over it and thereby turning crunch into mush clearly didn’t think far.
    And when did you say you were going to start sellling this in stores??!

  3. Mmm I want to be your real life friend who makes me this granola…pretty please?? Everything about this sounds perfect- you know I’m a sucker for the sweet & salty combo! Like you, I am not big on granola for breakfast (unless it’s added to a smoothie for crunch) but as a snack with some iced cold almond milk? YES PLEASE!

  4. I don’t have self-control when it comes to any kind of muesli, so no granola for me. When I was younger my brother and I sometimes ate enormous portions of muesli for dinner. I mean , not from a simple breakfast bowl, but from a serving bowl!! That’s how champions eat muesli 😀 (and then have a serious sugar rush afterwards)

  5. I used to eat a lot of granola and for some reason stopped. I think I just stopped buying it randomly one day and that was that…I should buy more though. This looks really good but I think I say that about all of your recipes.

  6. YUM!! I hear ya on loving salty and sweet! I honestly don’t really eat granola much… but this looks good!! …I’m more of a salmon person… but I LOVE chocolate! So …yum!!

  7. Hahaha, same here – granola is not a meal unless it’s followed by at LEAST one refill and a protein shake or something. Although my habits might not be the healthiest metric…I stared at a bottle of jack in the fridge yesterday morning and had to convince myself that a pre-breakfast shot on a Sunday morning was NOT a wise choice. 😉

  8. Oh I see this being a big hit. People go nuts for anything with pb in it! I love yogurt covered pretzels and also like chocolate covered pretzels, so I think I’d like this if I tried it (but I’d have to replace the pb so as not to die).

  9. Pooh!.. salmon and burger dinners are for boring old fuddie duddies. This granola though, wow. Sweet and salty with chocolate majorly involved – yes please. And here’s where I make an earth-trembling, hernia inducing confession: I’ve never had granola. I know.

  10. Why would you do this to me right now? I’m still homeless and am supposed to looking for a place but now all I want to do is make this!
    Pinning for later when I actually have my own kitchen and oven to make it in haha

  11. Love this! And YES! I could not agree more, I am constantly eating granola…handfuls of it a lllllll the time, especially as it is sweet, but does not count as a sweet….so its like free pass cheating 😛 What a great combination of flavors…..love love love! Oh, and I have granola for dinner somedays too…….not a great idea for my running, but its just tooooooo good!

  12. I could not agree with you more! Granola is the ultimate snacking food. I’m always snatching handfuls of it throughout the day. I also really like it with yogurt and fruit for breakfast.

    I still haven’t really done the whole chocolate + pretzels combo, but I trust you that it’s good!

    If only I had this granola in the cannister in my kitchen right now instead of the mediocre batch I made out of a cookbook. I should haven’t known better when I saw that the granola was only sweetened with apple juice and like a teaspoon of maple syrup. Not sweet and no clumps = the ultimate granola fail.

  13. I can totally get on board with this! Sweet and salty is the world’s best flavor combination. One of my favorite things in the world is extra salty pretzels covered in chocolate so I can only imagine this granola topping some yogurt or something.

  14. So the first word that came to mind when seeing your post was genius! Pretzel granola?! I love the idea of a sweet + salty treat. I’m definitely going to try this when I get back to Miami. The only issue is that all willpower will go out the window when I make this – I just know it!

  15. You know what’s awesome? The fact that you’re going to meet me at the end of my 18-miler this weekend with a big ol’ bowl of this granola. Perfecttttttt 😉 And my lazy, go-to meal? Sweet potato topped with ground turkey, spinach, avocado, salsa and an egg. Simple and it covers all of the major food groups… besides chocolate and Nutella.

  16. During the work week, I eat granola for breakfast almost daily. I mix mine with some plain (although full fat) Greek yogurt and fresh berries, if I have them. It’s perfect fuel for my workouts actually. The Hubby eats his as a giant snack though. He also temporarily banned me from making any more Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola because according to him, it’s like crack.

    I love the use of pretzels here, and I’m digging the sweet and salty combo. You are a rock star. I shall even share my granola crown with you. Hmm, maybe we should start a granola business. Now there’s an idea.

  17. i LOVE sweet / salty. its the most amazing taste combo ever invented. As is dark chocolate. I may or may not have been living off red wine and dark chocolate for most of this primal eating challenge 😀

  18. I’m so jealous, granola for dinner sounds way too awesome! Pretty sure that’s they way I’d eat if I lived alone and had no more home cooked meals to eat. I haven’t had granola in a very long time because I literally grabbed a handful of it every time I passed the bag of granola. The store bought kind tasted pretty good, but probably wasn’t to healthy so I had to refrain from buying it. This looks super duper good! I save tons of your recipes, particularly the dessert ones, but still haven’t gotten around to making any of them. I actually printed out one of your recipes and bought all the ingredients for it at the supermarket, that was at the beginning of summer break, but still haven’t gotten around to making it. This summer I’ve been way too lazy in every way possible, but I definitely need to make a batch of this for study breaks once school starts, because I’ll be super hungry from all the hard core study. At least I hope, I really hope I turn things around this school year. 😛

  19. Yummm! You do realize that somehow four of my favorite things on earth are in the TITLE of this post? Granola is amazing, and I am one of those people who eats it for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three.) I just had way too much as a snack, in fact… whoops. 😉

  20. Besides the fact that even a small spoonful of this would send me straight to the ER, I’m loving it! You know I live for sweet ‘n’ salty, and the combo of oats, nut butter, and honey is the love of my life. I canNOT be trusted around granola, though — I mean, how many times have I complained to you about giving myself a stomach ache by eating too much of it? Story of my life…

  21. Peckish and twat in one post? Priceless.

    If you could just ship me a box of this that would be great. Actually, seriously, you should start a mail or service or something. You and Davida. You’re both welcome for that fabulous business plan.

  22. Arman,
    It’s 5 degrees out (that’s F, so -15 to you), I’m out of milk AND cream for my tea, and my car is in the shop because the spouse feels that working brakes are important. He’s cuddly that way. There’s a grocery store a mile away from home, and if it was even 25 degrees out I’d be all over walking down to pick up a gallon for the kids and cream for my beloved tea.
    However, it’s just too damn cold for that. I was thinking I’d chow on a piece of PB toast, but you’re reminding me I’ve got a bit of granola left in a jar and Meghan’s reminding me I’ve got yogurt in the fridge.
    Clearly, I will not starve.

    I think this would be amazing with those PB-filled pretzel pillows from Trader Joes thrown into the mix.
    Thanks!

      1. Arman,
        I’m delighted to learn that your time in America included a trip to TJ’s. Sure, we’ve got some great museums and natural wonders, but so do you Down Under. However, we have TJs . . . and now you know what the fuss is about!

  23. sweet and salty is where it’s at. granola and milk, also where it’s at. granola for dinner? pretty sure that has happened here, more than once. rarely for breakfast, you are right!

  24. Nope, I don’t eat it for breakfast either. I snack on it. And in fact, I have never made it, because I have a friend that opened a granola business and I buy hers. Actually now I am craving it, thanks to you. I might have to make a batch of my own too.

  25. Looks totally yummy, but I will not make this granola! Because if I do, it will be gone in a flash and I will not be the better for it. But maybe I could make it for someone else and having a shipping box at hand, so that I am compelled to make sure it gets out of the house pronto.

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