Aug 23, 2012

peanut butter granola and planning

Some days require more planning than others.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I knew I was going to be going to the doctor to get cortisone shots in my knees.  And I knew that I would subsequently be hobbling around for a day or so afterwards.

So, I went into planning mode, taking care of the next 24 hours' worth of business yesterday morning before the appointment: vacuuming, walking the dog, cleaning the kitchen, ordering pizza for dinner, and of course making granola.  All of the most important things were done.

My husband's been guzzling granola for the past couple of weeks, and in the process saving a lot of cereal/snack money.  So, I decided to feed into his granola kick by switching it up a bit.  And, needless to say, it was last night's snack.

It's so easy to make and requires ingredients you probably have at home or could easily substitute.  Granola at the store is SO expensive, so homemade granola has been a staple in our home lately.  A little planning ahead of time and your husband may even think you shuffled around all day making the crunchy snack.  Now that's love, right?

Peanut Butter Granola
Makes about 5 cups

  • 4 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c flax seed or flax seed meal
  • 1/2 c chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 c honey (a little more if you want a sweeter, clumpier granola)
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Mix the oats, flax seed and peanuts together in a large bowl.  Add the other ingredients and stir everything together well, until everything is moist and incorporated.  Spread mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet (with sides).  Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring gently about every 10 minutes (as the granola near the edges of the pan tends to cook faster than the granola in the middle).  Remove from oven, allow to cool completely, and store at room temperature in an airtight container.  Enjoy as cereal, in yogurt, as an ice cream topper, straight out of the bowl, or even as a crunchy surprise in a pb&j sandwich.

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