Peanut Butter Granola Makes Snack Time More Interesting

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hours

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This easy recipe for peanut butter granola is wholesome and delicious. It’s a substantial snack that’s great sprinkled over yogurt and can be used as a salad topper too. Peanut butter granola is a good source of protein and iron. Refined sugar free.

Easy peanut butter granola is wholesome and nutritious.

Now that we have flipped the calendar to January I’m craving a different kind of snack. There are still Christmas cookies in the freezer, and we’ll get to them, but for now I have fibre on my mind. Fibre and flavour and wholesome treats.

Peanut butter granola fits into all of those categories.

Easy peanut butter granola is wholesome and nutritious.

The peanut butter in this recipe adds a wonderful richness to the flavour along with a good amount of protein. Unsweetened coconut adds natural sweetness and the seeds (three different kinds!) add lots of nutrition. The added sweetness comes from a combination of molasses and maple syrup.

Easy peanut butter granola is wholesome and nutritious.

Peanut butter granola is delicious stirred into plain yogurt and is good on its own too. Try peanut butter granola on your morning porridge (with sliced banana). For dessert, sprinkle it over our Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Pudding.

Tips:

  • To keep my raisins tender I add them at the very end, once the granola has baked and cooked.
  • The oil in the recipe can be replaced with water.
  • Granola can be frozen up to three months (in an airtight container).

Peanut Butter Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup ground flax
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup canola, grape seed, coconut or olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
  4. Add wet to dry and stir to combine, ensuring the dry ingredients are completely coated.
  5. Spread evenly between the two cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for one hour, tossing well every 15 minutes.
  7. When cool, add raisins and remove to an airtight container.

Nutritionals are based on generous 1/2 cup servings. 

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Four Great Granola Recipes

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hours

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Why buy granola when you can make healthy and delicious granola at home, for half the cost? Here are four easy, and great, granola recipes to try..

Four healthy granola recipes: Why buy granola when you can make healthy and delicious granola at home, for half the cost.

Granola is so easy to make at home that there is no need to buy it. Especially if you want to be in charge of what goes in your granola. Make it refined sugar-free, or not. Make it low fat, or not. Fill it with every nut and seed in your cupboard, or not.

That’s the beauty of making it yourself. And it’s inexpensive too.

I fell in love with granola when I was in grade three. That’s when my mom received a recipe for granola in the mail from cousins who had moved from New Brunswick to California.  I had the best recess snack in the class on granola day. By the time I was on my own I was in the habit of baking a weekly batch and you can still find a homemade jar or two in my cupboard.

Here are four great granola recipes to try this year:

Healthy Applesauce Granola

Applesauce adds flavour and reduces the fat in this colourful recipe.

easy applesauce granola

Hearty Granola Cookies

This is the hand pie of the granola world. A granola cookie is easier to eat when you’re on the run than a bag full of granola. It’s basically the only way to eat granola with one hand.

healthy granola cookies

Shaker-Style Granola

Okay, this isn’t really a Shaker recipe but it is a simple, almost elegant recipe. Not too many ingredients, not too sweet. Wholesome and satisfying.

Simple molasses granola

Cranberry Almond Granola Clusters

This is one of my favourite ways to eat granola. Nut-filled clusters are a cross between loose granola and a granola bar. The clusters are bite-sized so convenient for hand snacking. The recipe is on my personal blog…

Granola clusters

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Healthy Molasses Granola

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hours

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Homemade granola is so easy to make and can be adapted to suit whatever you have in your cupboard. This healthier version is naturally sweetened with molasses and low in fat. 

Homemade granola is so easy to make and can be adapted to suit whatever you have in your cupboard. This healthier version is naturally sweetened with molasses and low in fat. 

When you’re craving healthy snacks…

It’s a spring thing, this wanting to get out more and exercise, a craving for healthy food. Forget New Year’s resolutions. April is the time that anything seems possible. I take longer walks and let the kids ride their bikes around the neighbourhood way past bedtime. Sometimes in their PJ’s. Like I did when I was little.

Granola and healthy living is a bit of a cliché I know but you have to admit that a mouthful of oats and flax with your yogurt is good for the body.

This recipe for molasses granola is an adaptation of a Martha Stewart recipe someone gave me years ago. I make it every two weeks and store it in a sealed container. It’s yummy over yogurt, mixed with cereal or on its own.

Molasses Granola Recipe

Combine in a large bowl:

  • 6 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if required)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 1 cup wheat germ (omit for gluten-free version & can substitute with 1/2 cup hemp seeds)
  • 1 cup flax meal (ground flax seeds)
  • 1 cup raw nuts (almonds or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or unsweetened coconut (or both)

 In a small bowl stir together:

  • 1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses*
  • 1/3 cup oil (canola or olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup water, orange juice, or cider
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger (ground)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

*For a different flavour profile use half honey or maple syrup and half fancy molasses.

*To make your granola extra nutritious use half blackstrap molasses.

Instructions:

  1.  Stir liquid into dry and mix until well combined. Spread on two large sided cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper.
  2. Bake in a slow oven (300 degrees) for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes so the edges don’t get too brown.
  3. Cool completely, add 1 cup of dried fruit (cranberries are yum) if you like, and store in an airtight container.
  4. If you’d like it to be sweeter just add a bit more molasses.

Serving size: 1/2 cup

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