Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut Butter GranolaAs much as I love granola, I feel that the store brand granolas are cloyingly sweet. So sweet in fact that I find it more of a dessert than a food I want to start my day with. And what I’ve been hankering for is peanut butter granola which I’ve had no luck finding at my local grocery stores.

So, it was time to make my own at home. The funny thing about granola is that it’s so darn expensive to buy but so affordable to make at home. Not to mention that it’s not particularly difficult to make.

My version is very lightly sweetened with honey and loaded with peanuts. I come from the school of thought that one can never have too many nuts.

Also, I figured if I was going to take the time to make it, I might as well make enough to last awhile. Teen boys have a way of making things disappear mighty quickly around here.

Feel free to cut the batch in half if you feel that it’s too much. Also, feel free to switch up the nuts. Love cashews? Toss them in. Got some almonds to use up? Go for it. Just about any nut will do.

The only thing I will caution you on is that granola will burn if you ignore it. Be sure to keep a careful watch and stir it every few minutes. There’s a fine line between crunchy granola and torched granola.

Enjoy!

peanut butter granola

4.7 from 3 reviews
Peanut Butter Granola
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
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Peanut butter granola. A great way to start your day!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 8 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • ½ cup flaxseed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a large pot combine the peanut butter, honey and canola oil over medium heat. Heat just until everything melts together.
  3. Add oats, peanuts and flaxseed. Stir until oats are thoroughly covered in peanut butter mixture.
  4. Take one half of the batch and spread on a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes and be sure to give it a stir every few minutes. Granola will scorch if you don't keep an eye on it.
  5. Once it is golden, take it out of the oven. Even if it feels a wee bit tacky, it will continue to dry out after you take it out of the oven.
  6. Repeat the process with the second half of the batch.
  7. Store in a tightly sealed jar or plastic container.
Notes
This makes a very large batch. Enough to fill four large mason jars. Feel free to cut it in half if you like.

Comments

  1. This looks amazing but I have no idea where to get flaxseed! Help!

  2. Mel, would coconut oil work just as well as canola?

  3. Not only does this granola look delicious, your photos are so beautiful! I aspire to get mine to look that good.
    I make my own granola too and I love the idea of swapping peanuts in for my usual almonds. Thanks!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I looove PB flavored anything!

    Do you think I could use (or did you yourself use) natural peanut butter? The kind with nothing added — just the nuts and salt?

    • I can’t imagine why not. To be honest (don’t judge me on this), I’m a Skippy girl. So, that’s what I used. Let me know if you try it and if it works out. I’d love to know for future recipes.

  5. I agree, fabulous looking and sounding recipe; and, one can never have too many nuts! I like the flavor, crunchiness and nutritional value of most nuts. Good stuff. I enjoy the Greek yogurt with either fruit or with nuts and honey.

  6. I get my flaxseed (I buy ground) at Trader Joe’s :D I hope you have one nearby…if not, try Amazon.com where I buy extra-thick (aka triple thick) rolled oats.

  7. Peanut butter granola sounds very good. It may go well with strawberry yogurt. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This was a wonderful recipe! You should have seen the look on my kids and husband’s faces when they smelled it cooking in the oven! Tried this recipe with coconut oil (1/3 cup) and it turned out perfectly. I also added a pinch of salt and 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract to amp up the flavor.
    A nice variation was using crushed almonds, in addition to crunchy Skippy PB, made it nice n’ extra nutty just like we like it.

  9. I made it with natural peanut butter and coconut oil plus I added a fair bit of chia and hemp seeds. I doubled everything EXCEPT the oats and found it to make awesome granola :)

  10. Did you use flaxseeds whole or the flaxseed meal (ground)? Thanks!

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