Where are all my peanut butter lovers? It is a staple in our home, here is a great recipe that is healthy, quick, easy, and of course, includes peanut butter! Enjoy this peanut butter granola as a yogurt topper, cereal or just a crunchy hand snack.
Peanut butter is a staple in our home. It’s always in our pantry! Some days are busy… and some days I don’t always get ALL of my meal prep done. So, I like to have quick healthy choices to grab and go.
HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA
You can do much more than just enjoy as a yogurt topper; try it as a cereal.
This granola recipe can make a great topper for yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt pairs great with this granola. Add some fresh fruit, like berries on top to create a nicely balanced breakfast or snack.
I also toss a couple of handfuls in a container or zip-loc bag and take it to go. I eat it like small chips. I love the crunch and the flavours. I sometimes add some in a bowl, add some milk and enjoy this granola as a cereal.
HOMEMADE GRANOLA VS STORE BOUGHT
Looking at the ingredients list is key; pay special attention to labels.
One of the reasons I love making my own granola is that I can control the ingredients that I add. Meaning I can control the sugar content, how it is sweetened, and any additional ingredients added.
Store-bought granola is convenient because it is ready to go. However, if you don’t read the label granola that you thought was a healthy choice might not be. How? Hidden sugars. It is important to read labels, especially the ingredient list, looking for hidden sugars, oils/fats, etc. that may have been added.
I prefer to make my own, that’s why I am sharing this recipe for homemade peanut butter granola.
HOW TO PREPARE GRANOLA FOR BREAKFAST OR A SNACK
Try it with your favourite yogurt; add some nuts, berries or seeds.
I usually have 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup of homemade peanut butter granola and top it with 3/4 cup of mixed fruit, seeds/nuts.
As for cereal, I measure out 1/2 cup of homemade granola, 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and top with 3/4 cup of fruit. Both of these dish ideas can quickly be put together when you have your granola already made.
I am an early morning hustler, which means my mornings are where TIME is very important to me. I always make sure I have homemade granola on hand so those pre/post-workout meals only take me a few moments to put together, as well.
I love this recipe, it is great to have on hand and stores in your pantry for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. It is a great dish to have prepped on those busy days, or to grab for a quick snack!
- 1/2 cup of all-natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
- 2 pinches of Himalayan pink salt
- 1 tbsp of flaxseed
- 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups of rolled oats
- 1 heaping tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
- 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- Preheat oven 375, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients, until combined
- Soften peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl for 45 seconds, remove from microwave and add in vanilla and maple syrup stir all together until well combined. It will look clumpy.
- Mix together your wet ingredients with your dry ingredients.
- Spread granola mixture onto a large cookie sheet, making like a large cookie
- Bake for 5 minutes, remove from oven and break the granola into pieces using the end of a spoon, making granola size chunks.
- Place granola back in the oven for an additional 5-6 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let stand for approximately 10 mins
- Break up any large pieces and store in a large airtight Tupperware container in your pantry for approximately 2 weeks.
For an extra crunch to your granola ass an additional 2-3 minutes baking time. *Checking continuously to ensure it doesn't burn.