Monday, May 9, 2011

Healthy Peanut Butter Granola

In my search for an excellent homemade granola (which ended with this recipe), I have turned my sugar-loving little daughter into a granola fanatic.  I love that she loves this!  Other than natural honey, there isn't an ounce of added sugar to this granola!!  Every day for breakfast, she is anxious about eating her "white eats" (that is vanilla yogurt) complete with a hearty topping of granola!  When it came time for me to replenish my container of granola, I decided to try a peanut butter version, using natural peanut butter.  Yum!  For me personally, I have been known to make a nice dish of healthy yogurt topped with fresh fruit and granola my meal.  It's just that good.

Healthy Peanut Butter Granola
Adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Cookbook

2/3 cup chopped peanuts
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (don't use instant or quick-cooking, as it will make your granola "sandy."  Eww.)
2 tbl. canola oil
2 tbl. ground flaxseeds
2 tbl. ground wheat germ
1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup unsweetened banana chips

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, toast the peanuts, stirring often, until fragrant.  Add the oats and oil and continue to toast until they start to turn golden, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the flaxseeds and wheat germ.  Off heat, and stir in the peanut butter and honey until well-coated.  Spread the granola evenly across the prepared baking sheet.  Bake, stirring a couple times, 12-15 minutes.  Remove from oven and stir in the raisins and banana chips.  Let granola cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.  Loosen the dried granola with a spoon or spatuala, breaking into small clusters.  Store in an airtight container.

1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious! I am going to have to give it a try! I LOVE your pictures too. One more blog to add to my list...


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