Friday, March 30, 2012

Granola...Peanut Butter Style

I have had a hankering for granola lately. I usually make a nut granola, but the nuts have been extremely expensive for the last few months. I remembered yesterday, while I was looking at the high cost of nuts, that I had a recipe for granola that uses peanut butter. I fired up this recipe this morning, so we could have fresh granola for breakfast. My house smells like homemade peanut butter cookies. Yummy!


2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)

Melt the margarine or butter and peanut butter together in a 3-quart saucepan. Add the honey, vanilla and salt. Stir the mixture until it is smooth and hot throughout. It doesn’t need to boil. Add the oats. Stir until the oats are completely coated with the peanut butter mixture. Turn the mixture into an ungreased cookie sheet, or a large 9 by 13-inch pan. Spread the granola out evenly and bake it at 375° for 10 minutes. It will be brown and crispy. Now remove it from the oven and allow it to cool. Break it up into pieces after it is cooled. Transfer the granola to a jar or sealed canister. Add the dried fruit, if you are using them, when the granola is cool. Serve with cold milk.

Peanut butter and margarine...

with honey, salt and vanilla...

with oats...

Spread on ungreased cookie sheet...

Bake 10 minutes...

Let cool, serve with milk..

Store in airtight container...

Feel free to double or triple the recipe. It should last few weeks in the cupboard or store it in the fridge for longer storage results. It never lasts that long around my house. We eat it dry as a snack.

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