Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Yummy Granola!

I've always loved granola and wanted to make my own, especially now that my son eats it every morning for breakfast.  This recipe from My First Kitchen has inspired me to try and actually do it!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or whatever nut you have around)
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (totally optional)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter (or any other nut butter you like)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss together the oats and chopped nuts on a baking sheet lined with foil (for easy clean up), and toast those for 10-15 minutes until they're barely golden. You're just looking to take some of the raw texture out of both.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the cereal, coconut, chocolate chips, flaxseed, and salt. Once the oats and nuts are done, add those to the same bowl, and toss everything together.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the honey and sugar over low heat, and stir that until the sugar dissolves. Be sure to keep stirring so the mixture doesn't burn. Add the peanut butter and vanilla, and stir over super low heat until everything is combined. Try not to eat this stuff with a spoon.
  4. Now add the peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture, and stir together really well. Press it into a square 8x8 dish with a sheet of wax paper if you don't want your hands to get gross. You can also spray the pan with a little nonstick spray if you think about it. Don't fret if you forget.
  5. Let everything cool in the fridge for a bit so the bars can set up. Cut them into squares (nine big ones or sixteen small ones), and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for a good week. Or just break the granola into pieces; some of it won't stay in bar form anyway.

1 comment:

  1. I just ran out of my homemade granola before we left on vacation... it's on my to-do list very soon upon return! Thanks for the yummy idea--anything with peanut butter in it is good by me! Yum-o.