Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut Butter Granola

When you think Granola it makes you think of wholesome goodness. Buying commercially made granola is a toss up though. You never know what you’re going to get and who really wants a grab bag when it comes to what you’re eating. Many of them have nasty preservatives you can’t pronounce, and/or high fructose corn syrup, and/or other refined sugars and/or the dreaded trans-fats. None of that is stuff you want to eat, or shouldn’t be anyway.

A while back I came across a recipe that I adapted from Mother Earth Living for homemade granola bars and Alexis, my sister, Nelson and I loved them!

At the time I thought it would be nice to subtract the butter, add another healthier fat and make it granola instead of granola bars, so today I tried that. The result was scrumptious! And the best part is that this is an excellent way to incorporate whole grains!

What You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups of extra thick rolled oats (This is the Whole Grain kind, not the instant version)
1 cup of unsulphered coconut
1/2 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup hempseed
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup of whole, raw almonds
1/4 cup of whole flax seeds
4 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (I use Tree of Life Blended Peanut Butter)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix together oats through flax seeds on a very large baking sheet and put into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

While the oat mixture is heating in a pot melt peanut butter butter, honey and maple syrup. Once the mixture is nicely melted melted bring to a quick boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Remove oat mixture from the oven and leave the oven on. In a large bowl mix oat mixture with the peanut butter mixture and stir to coast. Stir in raisins and then spread granola mixture out so that it isn’t completely touching on one large pan or two smaller pans. Put mixture back into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool and store granola crumbles in an air tight container. When they first come out of the oven they will be slightly soft, but they will harden as they cool. Serve plain, as cereal of as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.

Notes: You could add any seed or nut you wanted in addition to or in place of the ones I chose for this mix. Last time I used cashews. Peanuts would be good too! Mix it up and make it your own!

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