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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Peanut Butter Granola - with 3 variations

 

I've been making this recipe for years.  It takes just minutes, and you only need a few pantry staples.  I first found the recipe in Shape magazine (which originally came from the blog Peanut Butter Fingers - http://www.pbfingers.com/about-2/).  I sometimes switch it up with nuts, seeds, and mini chocolate chips.  The nuts and seeds make it even more filling thanks the the protein.  This is a much cleaner and lower in sugar granola than the ones you find at the store.  I also tried a caramel version recently.  I usually just put this in a jar and sneak handfuls of it throughout the day, to curb hunger and sweet cravings.  But it's delicious in a bowl with vanilla almond milk on top, either for breakfast or a late night snack.  If you can keep your family from polishing it off while it's still on the baking sheet, that is!


Ingredients~

Original Peanut Butter Granola:
4 Tbsp peanut butter
4 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups oats

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a glass bowl, microwave the peanut butter and honey together for 30 seconds, until peanut butter is melted enough to stir.  Stir together, and add the cinnamon and vanilla to combine.  Add oats, and using the back of a wooden spoon, stir and smash together until evenly coated. 

2.  Grease a foil lined baking sheet.  Spread the granola out evenly.  (I like to leave some larger clusters as they are easier to snack on.)

3.  Bake for 8- 10 minutes.  You want it slightly browned, but not burned.  It will crisp up as it cools.  Store in an airtight container. 

Nutty Chocolate Chip Granola:
Same as original recipe, but mix in:
2 Tbsp sliced or slivered almonds
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
mini chocolate chips

1.  Mix all ingredients well and bake as directed above in original recipe.
2.  Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips after you pull the pan out of the oven, let cool. 


Salted Caramel Granola:

4 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp caramel extract (I use Watkin's, ordered from Amazon)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups oats
Pinch of sea salt

1.  Heat the peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe for bowl for 30 seconds, or until melted. 
2.  Stir together, then add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Mix well and add the oats.  Stir until combined.
3. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 8-10 minutes (same cooking directions as above).
4.  Sprinkle with an additional pinch of salt, if desired. 








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