Jul 7, 2012
Hillary

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola

There is no better way to kick start a weekend than having a homemade treat waiting for you in the kitchen on a Saturday morning! I love a good coffee cake like this sour cream coffee cake and I am sucker for a muffin, especially these lemon pecan muffins! But, recently I’ve added a new staple, in addition to my honey nut cheerios of course: homemade granola! I used to make a batch maybe once a month but a few months ago my favorite yogurt was no longer being sold at my local grocery store! I know it’s just yogurt, but if you had tried the coffee Dannon yogurt, you’d know what I mean. I’ve now had to switch to vanilla greek yogurt, and while I’ve slowly acquired a taste for it, a couple spoonfuls of homemade granola help take the bite off of the yogurt. Perhaps it’s just me, but my first impressions of greek yogurt in the morning were that I felt like I was eating a bowl of sour cream. Not exactly what I was looking for in the morning!

With all of that said, I’ve now always got a batch of granola on hand! I had been making this original granola recipe, and while good, I was ready for something new. That’s when I saw a recipe that immediately caught my eye: peanut butter and jelly granola! The tastes of a sandwich favorite in granola; if that sounds like a winner, it’s because it is! To be honest, the peanut butter is really the prominent flavor but as two peanut butter fans, that was more than ok with us! The sweet and salty clusters add the perfect crunch and are perfect toppings for my yogurt but are also an addicting snack!

Here’s everything you need:

Ingredients:

(Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Makes 1 large batch.)

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup peanuts
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup organic apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spray a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, flax seed, peanuts, chopped pecans, and cinnamon.

In a smaller bowl, add your peanut butter and honey. Heat this mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds. Give it a really good stir so that you have a creamy and smooth mixture.

Pour the peanut butter mixture into the larger bowl with the oats and nuts. Also add the canola oil and stir in the apricot jam.

Once everything is completely coated and mixed, spread the granola mixture out on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the granola for about 40 minutes. I like to check on it after 20 minutes to stir things around, especially around the edges, as those clusters will start to get crunchy the fastest. After 40 minutes, the mixture will turn a darker brown and at first you might not think it’s ready because it’s not the crunchy consistency you are expecting. However the real crunch happens when you take it out and let it cool for about 30 minutes. I should warn you that if you make this with other people around, you might want to keep watch over your granola as it cools! I saw Jor casually hanging out by the baking sheet right after it came out and I’m sure there were a few clusters missing! But, with the granola you have left and cooled, add in the raisins and store in an airtight container.

This was an immediate breakfast winner! It lasted us for about two weeks and now that we’ve worked our way to the bottom of the container, I’ve already got plans in the works to make another batch pronto! I’ve tried a few store-bought granolas but you know, you really can’t come close to a homemade granola! The store bought kind always tastes kind of card board-ish in comparison and they are often overly sweet to my liking, and we all know I’ve got a sweet tooth! If you’ve never made your own batch of granola, I can promise you that it’ll be one of the easiest things you make! Plus, it’s an immediate air freshener, in this case cinnamon and peanut butter! A great start to any morning or a pick me up during a long day! For now, that’s peanut butter and jelly granola…in the shell of a nut!

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