Sunday, 26 May 2013

Peanut Putter Granola.

Feeling preeeeetty proud of myself with this one. I didn't really mean it to be anything fancy or 'write home' worthy. I just saw the words 'peanut butter granola' on Pinterest and knew I had to get me some of that....asap.

In fact it isn't fancy at all; a handful of store cupboard ingredients and a bit of stirring and you honestly can have this come together in less than 30 minutes, and not in a Jamie Oliver way. It's one of those recipes that you want to show people that don't cook and can't be bothered to learn and go "LOOK, it's SOSO easy". As well as easy, it's also soso good; one of those recipes whose equation doesn't make sense; you get WAY more pleasure out than the amount of effort and resources you put in.

Turns out it's also pretty great in terms of being something useful to're bod needs pretty much all of the things that it has to offer, and you can definitely count it as a contribution to my answer to your healthy snacks question (and my rant).

And one more thing to tell's not all that sweet; sweet enough for me (sugar fiend), but I think lots of people are put off cereal type things like this because they think they are sugar laden and aren't ready for such a sweet hit first thing in the morning (WHY??). This is not like that; just mellow and peanut buttery. YUM. With Love and Cake.  

Peanut Butter Granola.

A few notes:
  • If you don't have maple syrup, honey would work just as well I should think.
  • As with all cereal thingys, add whatever you want to the final mix; dried fruit, nuts, spices, and serve with whatever you fancy. I love it plain and simple with milk though.
Makes 4 large servings or more snacky sizes
You will need

1 x baking sheet, greased

2 tbsp your fav peanut butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 tbsp flavourless oil, like groundnut or vegetable

  • Get that oven going at 150°c.
  • Pop the peanut butter and maple syrup in a bowl and blast in the microwave for about 30 seconds; until the pb kind of melts and is easy to stir.
  • Add the cinnamon, vanilla and salt and whisk to combine.
  • Stir the mixture into the oats and give everything a really good mix to combine as best you can, though don't worry if you have a few dry oats floating around.
  • Spread out on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, redistributing about halfway through the cooking time.
  • Leave to cool completely on the baking tray so it crisps up and you're left with some bigger clusters and smaller rubble.
  • Store in a air tight jar and munch as desired.

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