February 20, 2013

Peanut Butter Granola {with Honey-Roasted Peanuts}


I'm not a picky eater.  Well, except for just a few things.  Like fish.  And black olives.  And caraway seeds.  And peanut butter.

Yes, I'm extremely picky when it comes to peanut butter.  I like it best straight-up on a spoon, just scooped out of the jar.

Just plain, slathered on a piece of bread?  Okay.  On toast or an English muffin? ...

I can handle that.  A Reese's peanut butter cup with chocolate?  Yes ... but only the mini ones that have more chocolate than peanut butter .  The 'big' ones have, well, ... just too much peanut butter stuff.

So, how about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you ask?  Absolutely not!  No way, no how.  Can't stand it.  That other childhood classic combination of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff?  Nope.  And don't even get me started on peanut butter and bananas.  Ick.


Until recently, I didn't even like peanut butter in baked goods or desserts.  Can you believe it?  But ... I seem to be getting over that dislike (case in point - Black Bottom Peanut Butter Icebox Pie).  Hmmmm, maybe that's not a good thing.

So when I decided I wanted to try making peanut butter granola, I surprised even myself.



And turns out, it was a really yummy surprise!  I found the original recipe over at Chocolate, Chocolate and More, and then tweaked it quite a bit.  No shocker there, right? ... If you read here often, you pretty much know I can't leave a recipe alone.  I've always got to try a thing or two ... or three ... different.

The biggest tweak I made was to put in honey-roasted peanuts.  Total yum!  Just take a peek at those beautiful granola chunks with tasty honey-roasted peanuts ...

I'm so glad I took the plunge to make this peanut butter granola.  While chai granola is still my all-time favorite, this one is a super close second!

Now, on a totally different note, I'd like to share with you one of the absolute coolest Christmas presents I've ever received.  'Cause I used it as the background for the peanut butter granola photos.

See those little bits of letters peeking out on the corner of the cutting board in the photo below?  Mmmm, hmmmm ... there's something really cool hiding there ...

Wait for it ...

Wait for it ...

Ohhhhh!  There it is!


How cool is that??  It's a personalized cherry cutting board with my blog name engraved in it!  My Mom and Dad surprised me with it for Christmas ... and I think it's just one of the sweetest things ever.

It's made by cherryBLOX, a company owned by friends of our family.  They just started offering these really cool personalized cutting boards a few months ago ... and I love them.  Pop on over and visit them to see what they can whip up for you!


And then whip up this yummy-yummy-good-for-your-tummy peanut butter granola.  You'll be glad you did.

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Peanut Butter Granola with Honey-Roasted Peanuts
Source:  Adapted from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Ingredients
  • 3 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 c. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. wheat germ
  • 3/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. honey-roasted peanuts
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and honey-roasted peanuts.
  2. Combine peanut butter and honey in a small bowl and microwave, about 30 seconds, until peanut butter melts. Stir to mix well. Add in ground cinnamon and vanilla extract; stir again.
  3. Pour peanut butter mixture into oat mixture and stir until oats are completely coated with the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Spread granola mixture onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Enjoy!


13 comments:

  1. I am pinning this recipe for later use and I will be making this over the weekend. I came across your recipe on Lady Behind the Curtain.

    Also, that cutting board is awesome!!!!!

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  2. This granola sounds so yummy! Can't wait to make it and eat it on top of some plain yogurt...or some vanilla ice cream :-) Love your cutting board!

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  3. I have to make this!!! It looks amazing! I love your cutting board so much! You're so cute..."wait for it.." Made me laugh! :)
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  4. Thank you for including us in your fab food blog! So glad you like your cherryBLOX enough to share!
    Mara
    cherryBLOX.com

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  5. This made me hungry - very hungry! Looks like something I could make into gluten free which is wonderful. Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  6. That is a really cool gift! And I love the idea of adding honey roasted peanuts. Yum!

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  7. I am making this tomorrow! I have several granola recipes on my blog but this looks like a great addition.
    Love the cutting board--I'll have to check them out.

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  8. I've been meaning to make granola! This recipe looks yummy! Also I LOVE your cutting board. Its darling!

    Shannon
    http://ikneadtobake.blogspot.com

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  9. Homemade granola is the best and this recipe looks delicious! We'd love for you to link it up at our party! http://www.housewivesofriverton.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html

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  10. This looks yummy! Please share this at Weekend Kitchen Creations, www.weekendkitchencreations.blogspot.com. Join us, share your delicious creation and get other scrumptious ideas.

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  11. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured tonight!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #64!

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  12. It is in the oven now. I added some coconut oil and protein powder, and it tasted delicious. Can't wait to try it when it's done. Thanks for the recipe. I have been buying granola and it is so expensive. Glad to have an alternative.

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