Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola-eat it for breakfast or as a snack

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola-eat it for breakfast or as a snack

Who knew how easy granola was to make? I didn’t.

We’ve been trying to find healthier snacks for the kids to take with them to school and for after school. For my youngest, it’s no problem, throw some fruit at her and she’s in heaven. A bunch of grapes don’t stand a chance around her. And she’s not embarrassed to carry a cute lunch bag to school. For the other two, it gets a bit more challenging. My son is in high school. It’s not cool to carry that cute lunch bag around. He is willing to take his lunch, mainly because in an effort to be more healthy, along with budget cuts, school lunches just suck.They don’t even provide salt or pepper. So we have to get a little creative in what he takes. It has to be able to survive his backpack.

My middle child, in Middle School, is my picky eater. Fruit, no way. Vegetables, good luck trying that. This girl could live on cheese alone. I used to love granola as a kid. Just a little sweet, grab a handful and keep going.

Wanting to try my hand at making granola I found a recipe. It was terrible. But I knew I could work with it.

I can’t tell you how easy it is to make granola, well yes I can, and I will. But you’re going to have to head over to Chef Dennis to see. I was thrilled when he asked me to guest post for him. Men are so underestimated in the kitchen arts but let me tell you, any man that wants to cook and bake can and they can do it well. I have a good friend who is a chef and everything he makes seems so effortless. And delicious! My hubby still brings up the pizza we had 15 years ago, every time we talk about this friend.  So while you’re visiting Dennis be sure to also check out his Chocolate Mousse Cake, Italian Strawberry Cake with Cream and Seven Cheese Pizza Roll Ups

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola-eat it for breakfast or as a snack

Added the recipe 12/29/2012

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or other nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine peanut butter and honey in a medium bowl and microwave about 20 seconds, until peanut butter melts. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in cinnamon and vanilla, stir again. Add oats and pecans and stir till oats are completely coated with peanut butter mixture.
  4. Spread out on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes until granola starts to brown.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in airtight container.
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Comments

  1. Granola is awesome-it’s so delicious and easy and healthy! Yayyyy! Yours looks scrumptiouuus

  2. This really does look like a delicious snack! I love those big clumps of granola…that’s the best kind! :)
    Blessings,
    Leslie

  3. we LOVE granola here – thank goodness
    because my fussy one, who also could live on cheese and grapes alone,
    will eat it:)
    I don’t think I have ever tried PB though – will try it this weekend
    have a good one

  4. I love homemade granola. I just started making it and it’s so good and way cheaper than store bought! :) And pickiness. Oh man.

  5. I can’t wait to try this, mostly because I love the combination of PB and granola – it sounds wonderful! YUM!

  6. I love the idea of peanut butter granola! Heading over now…

  7. Hi, Joan! I’m visiting from Chef Dennis’ blog where I enjoyed your guest post. GREAT flavor combo in your granola and fun to see how (and why) you developed the recipe here. Also, thank you SO much for the link to Ann’s crock pot Dulce Le Leche… oh my. So much to love in one post — two, counting your guest post! :)

  8. This looks great! It reminds me of no bake cookies! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

  9. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays Linky party

  10. You are genius! I baked one of your cookies, and they were amazing, everyone loved them!
    XO Neja

  11. I actually have everything in my pantry right now to make this so guess what my kids will be snacking on this afternoon? :-)

  12. That looks so good! Thanks for linking to my party! Have a great day!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

  13. I love peanut butter and granola so this is a good combination. I need to try it.

    We have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/try-one-new-recipe-a-week-best-pa-dutch-apple-dumplings

  14. Ya know, I have never made homemade granola! I should try it! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I’m looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  15. Joan, thanks for sharing this on FB. It looks amazing and sounds so simple. I’m going to give it a shot this weekend.

  16. yaaay, i have all of this in my pantry, which makes this soooo nice.

  17. Yum! Excited that I have all the ingredients for this in the house! Peanut butter, cinnamon, oats- how can you go wrong? :)

  18. Believe it or not I am going to try it with pb2 and truvia. Let you know if it works…thanks!

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