Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Peanut Butter Granola

Granola is what I go to when I need to bake something. Why? It's healthy, it lasts a fair amount of time in your pantry, and, well, it's cereal. What's not to love, really?

So, when I was craving peanut butter, this happened...

 Peanut Butter Granola - makes ~1o servings

2 1/2 c oats (not quick-cooking)
2 tblsp flax seeds
3 tblsp wheat bran (optional)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
couple pinches salt

3 tblsp peanut natural butter
1/4 c maple syrup
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 c raisins

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Mix together the dry ingredients, then mix together the wet ingredients. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir to coat. Spread evenly on a greased baking sheet, or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray lightly with cooking spray (optional- makes a crispier granola). 

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring every 20 minutes, until the granola begins to turn light brown. Let cool for an hour before storing in an air tight container. Once the granola has cooled, stir in the raisins.

A great addition would be some almonds or other nuts that you may have on hand!

Happy crunching...

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