When our kids were little one of their favorite snacks was trail mix. We would throw granola, nuts, pretzels… along with other goodies.
I would always buy a box of granola to add to the mix, but in the back of mind I was always thinking that homemade would be better. I have made homemade granola a few years ago, but for some reason that was the only time.
Of late I have gotten the bug to try my hand at making homemade granola once again. I opted to make one that was a little bit healthier, no butter or oil in this one. Since my daughter Krista was home when this was made we added some peanut butter, we are both big fans peanut butter, so we decided that it was a must.
I love the fact that this is a healthy treat and so easy to make. The combination of ingredients that I used went quite well together and Krista and I were not sorry that we added the peanut butter. This was a big hit with both of us.
Peanut Butter Granola (Source: adapted from markbittman.com)
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup of chopped peanuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine the oats, peanuts, coconut, cinnamon, and mini chocolate chips. Mix until all is blended together.
2. Mix the peanut butter and honey until well blended. Pour over dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
3. Line a rimmed baking sheet (such a jelly roll pan) with aluminum foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
4. Spread evenly on the baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring often so that the peanut butter does not burn. The mixture should brown evenly; the browner it gets without burning, the crunchier the granola will be.
5. Remove the pan from the oven set on cooling rack, stirring once in a while until granola cools completely. Store in an air tight container.