Dark Chocolate “Oreo” Granola w/ Peanut Butter — Perfect for Greek Yogurt or Ice Cream Topping!

I’ve been trying to think of a way to make cereal that doesn’t involve any grains. Or much sugar. And really, this kind of stumped me because low-sugar and no-grain cereal doesn’t sound very good (can it even be called cereal?).

Today I came up with a cross between granola and cereal…and it was chocolate too. My Mom tried it and agreed that it kind of tastes like crushed up Oreos. Except, if you eat a lot of actual Oreos, it probably doesn’t seem as similar as we think it is. Either way—if you like granola, chocolate, and peanut butter, you’ll like this.

Although I’m really excited about this kitchen invention, I’m actually more excited about how well it goes with greek yogurt (that I added peanut butter powder to—it is definitely like dessert for breakfast, except there’s nothing indulgent in it!).

Grain Free “Oreo” Dark Chocolate Granola w/ Peanut Butter

1 cup almonds (I used raw, soaked, dehydrated almonds)
1/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 T cocoa powder (use unsweetened or raw cacao if you’re hardcore!)
1 T cacao nibs (you could probably use chocolate chips instead)
2 droppers full of liquid vanilla stevia or 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (add more to taste)

Add all ingredients to food processor, and process until well combined and almonds are chopped into tiny pieces. Taste it, and add more sweeteners if you need it! Spread on dehydrator tray and dehydrate for a couple hours at 115 degrees.

I ate this mixed with plain full fat greek yogurt (the yogurt had peanut butter powder and stevia stirred into it—it was amazing!). The crumble mixture was warm and slightly soft right out of the dehydrator…I refrigerated it, and ate more later, and it was awesome that way too.

This would work with milk as cereal or sprinkled on pudding or yogurt. I’ve eaten some plain too…

Side note: Did you know that Oreos are vegan? I’m always surprised when people talk or post about how great it is that things like Oreos or Doritos are vegan. One of the discussions I have with my students is about this—how can we make a realistic judgment about whether it’s a healthier choice to be a “vegetarian” or an “omnivore?”

Generally in the US, who we label as a vegetarian are non-meat-eaters…but it doesn’t mean (to many people) that vegetarians actually eat vegetables.

What is vegetarianism or veganism? Is it the diet centered around veggies or is it the absence of meat and animal products? (That’s what I ask my students). Can you be called a vegetarian and live on Oreos and other cruddy processed junk listed here?

I know there are dictionary definitions of the different ways of eating—but that doesn’t really matter if it’s not what people do in practical application!

What I hope is that students conclude on their own that the most important thing is to choose foods with healthy qualities (most of the time). You may know by now that I’m not a fan of labeling anything—I just like to focus on quality of foods. I’d rather discuss where your meat came from (CAFO or organic free range farm?) than what it is you’re eating.

The more I explore this and learn about quality of foods, the more passionate I feel about it—I don’t care what a person is “labeled” food-wise, but I do care where the food/ingredients come from!


20 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate “Oreo” Granola w/ Peanut Butter — Perfect for Greek Yogurt or Ice Cream Topping!”

  1. wow, this is such a cool recipe idea, lisa! your creativity is in overdrive these days! so glad this recipe turned out so well!
    i HAVE heard that oreos are vegan. also, somewhere i heard that mcdonad’s *milk* shakes are vegetarian or vegan. it’s so interesting that the perception in society is that if you are vegetarian or vegan, you are healthy. i so agree that labels are misleading. you can be a healthy carnivore or a junk food junkie vegetarian…but perceptions persist!
    thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. This sound so yummy!  I bet you could mix it up with different nuts and nut butters, too.  Do you think it would work in a very low oven?

  3. Yes—I definitely think it would work in the oven! The variety of nuts/nut butters would be great too. I was excited that it worked out how I wanted it to….but I think this is going to be a good base for lots of other variations too!
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  4. I didn’t know that about oreos either, love learning new things 🙂
    and love your version of making oreo like cereal! we will have to give this a shot it sounds too good not too! 

  5. That looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to give it a try. I had no idea oreos were vegan!

  6. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    What a fun recipe. Love the idea. I really don’t like labels for diets. Mostly because people mis-associate the word diet itself with losing weight vs a way of eating. 

  7. Wow – that sounds awesome!  I agree with you about labeling food. Where do you draw the line?  Just because something is “vegan”, does that mean it is good for you?  I do try to focus on foods that are good for me, and not assume just because of a label, I should eat it.   I did not know Oreos are vegan! 

  8. You are a genius in the kitchen.  This granola sounds amazing, especially on Greek yogurt!

    You bring up such a good point about vegetarian/vegan foods automatically being thought of as “healthy”, when sometimes they’re anything but!

  9. Oreos are vegan?! that’ cool! Of course I don’t feel very good after I eat them haha.
    Faith is right, you are a genius. I’d love to use this crumble in little dirt pie cups for a party!

  10. I completely agree! I hate the labels because that doesn’t really define how you eat other than meat or no meat. I like to think of food from a much healthier stand point. Oh and the oreo topping, YUM! Love fun tasty kitchen experiments. 

  11. Gina (Candid RD)

    I had no idea oreos were vegan.  That’s crazy!  And, kind of strange (I mean..where is that “cream” from?!).  This recipe sounds fabulous.  I’ve been doing fun things with my yogurt lately, but this one takes the cake (or..the Oreo, haha).

  12. Yes! It’s entirely possible to be a vegan and eat nothing but processed crap. I mean, I’m glad that everyone has some sort of junk food they are able to eat if they so choose – I’m not above an Oreo or a handful of Doritos now and then – but I would love it if our dietary definitions focused more on what we do choose to eat, rather than what we choose to eliminate. 

  13. At a picnic, a lady and her daughter sat next to me and they had plates full of chips and cookies and she stated to me that they were vegans. I was so shocked. The sad part was, they were both over weight and there was loads of different salads to choose from. Until that happened, I always thought vegans ate only vegetables.

  14. I don’t have a dehydrator. Any other recommendations to get around this? The lowest my oven goes is 200.

  15. Hi Anna,
    You can definitely do this in the oven at 200… just keep the door cracked open, and reduce the baking time. You’ll probably just need to keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn, but it should definitely work!
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