I love making granola.
It is easy. Mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, add to dry, mix, spread on baking sheet, bake and add mix-ins. And there are so many different flavors you can make! I still have lots of yummy ideas ;-).
I didn’t even like granola that much before making it. Store-bought granola is kind of boring; often the same thing. Just oats, lots and lots of sweetener and some nuts & dried fruit. Nothing special.
This granola is far from boring. It has a LOT of flavor. If you like eating peanut butter by the spoonful, this granola it definitely for you!
Adaptation of Peanut Butter Granola, Nourishing Eats
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup brown rice crisp cereal
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 2 tbsp flax seeds, grounded
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cup dried banana slices, broken into quarters
- 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used 85%)
Directions: Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown rice cereal, wheat germ, grounded flax seeds, sesame seeds and salt.
Add peanut butter, vanilla, molasses, honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Stir until melted and well combined. Pour over dry ingredients and toss until well coated.
Spread on the baking sheet and bake on the middle rack for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until golden. Let cool on the baking sheet. It will stiffen up while it cools.
Transfer to a bowl and add dried bananas and chopped chocolate. Store in an air-tight container.
Makes approximately 6 cups of granola.
This granola is clumpy and crunchy. The banana is perfect in this granola; no need to explain, it’s PB and banana!
It has a strong taste but you can adapt with the honey you are using. I use a raspberry honey, which has a stronger taste than most regular honeys found at the supermarket.
Have a great weekend!