Tuesday, 1 May 2018

What We Ate Wednesday--Peanut Butter Granola

Hello lovelies! I have been on a granola kick recently. I can't seem to get enough of it. It's easy to make, filling and good for you. Plus the possibilities for different tastes are endless.

Maybe not *endless*, but certainly varied.

Last week I made MARMALADE GRANOLA but this week i am eating Peanut Butter Granola.  It is another recipe by the wonderful, frugal foodie Jack Monroe from her blog.

You can read her version HERE. I used her ingredients, but used the cooking times she suggested for her Marmalade Granola to help it get crispier. It never will be as crispy as my first love Marmalade Granola (the sugars in the marmalade make it unbelievably crunchy), but it is a close second.

I made one batch and added 100 grams of  chocolate chopped into chunks and half a cup dried cranberries. The chocolate makes it taste like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and the cranberries give it a PB&J vibe. I bet it would be awesome with a banana and some COCONUT BACON --like a bowl of Elvis cereal. (In case you didn't know peanut butter, banana and bacon was supposed to be a favourite sandwich of The King.)

If you like peanut butter, I think you will love this. If you are allergic to peanuts...wipe your tears and make some marmalade granola.

Peanut Butter Granola

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Grease a large roasting pan.

You need:
300 grams (3 cups) oats (use GF if needed)
2 TB oil
4 TB golden syrup (or liquid sweetener of your choice.)
4 TB peanut butter
In a large pot melt oil, golden syrup and peanut butter. Stir in the 300g oats and stir to coat. Spoon into your greased roasting pan and bake for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, turn the oven down to 160C/325F and set the timer for 10 more minutes. You don't need to do anything--no stirring, just lower the temp and go about your business.

When the timer goes off and the granola has baked for 30 minutes, take it and out and let it cool completely then store in an airtight container. 

Add ins:
Chocolate chips
dried  cranberries (or other dried fruit of choice)
Coconut bacon
Substitute 2 TB blackstrap molasses for 2 TB golden syrup for something higher in iron
Add in some Chai spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom.

I will definitely try it again with some of the above suggestions. 

What do you like in your granola?

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