room for one more granola recipe? i usually don't sway from the best granola on earth, but this stuff is really good. i can't stop eating it. (in fact, i'm having a bowl right now.) i've been itching to make up my own new mix since i've seen so many good-looking granolas floating in the blogs lately. but i wanted something tailored to me. so here i am. throwing my hat in the ring of granola recipes.
this mix is healthier than it's more dessert-like counterpart in my recipe archives. it's lightly sweetened with honey, swaps out vegetable oil for nourishing coconut oil, and has real peanut butter in it! once baked, the pb taste isn't overly strong, it just gives a nice nutty-salty vibe. it still has plenty of cinnamon, which for me, is what unites all the granola parts to a whole. i'm finding it's perf when i have a craving for something sweet, but not too sweet, at night. you can eat it straight up, by the handful, definitely. with yogurt and bananas, too. or in milk, with some raisins sprinkled in- and you have a bowl of pb & j.
peanut butter & honey granola
4 cups rolled oats*
3 T. ground flax seed
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1-2 T. cinnamon (depending on how much you like it)
1/2 tsp. salt (scant)
1 T. vanilla
3 T. extra virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup real peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
preheat oven to 300. mix first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. melt together coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey over med-low heat until smooth and runny, stirring constantly. pour pb mixture over oat mixture and stir well to combine. spread onto a jelly roll pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until golden and dry, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
*i actually used 3 cups rolled oats and 1 cup of unsweetened shredded oat cereal, because i was looking for a way to use it up. next time, i'll just use oats.
ps. did you see my "action" photo?! i'm so excited:)
February 16, 2011