Peanut Butter Granola is delicious and easy to make. We like to add chocolate chips to our peanut butter granola!
P.S. This Peanut Granola just saved the day in our house. Recently we did a gluten-free trial run with my seven year old son. One of the things he was most worried about missing out on was his pre-breakfast bowl of cereal. (Yes, you read that right).
My boys get up at a disgustingly early hour of the morning (and if we’re being honest, I hesitate to even call it ‘morning’), so they’re allowed to quietly fix themselves a bowl of cereal before dad gets up and makes them ‘real breakfast.’
The eight year old, being a good conscientious big brother (*ahem*) was quick to point out that all the cereals in our cabinet were chock full of gluten, and therefore off-limits.
But, if I’ve learned anything about being a parent, so much is about the spin you put on things. Don’t want to eat broccoli? But they’re tiny little trees and you’re the tree eating ogre!
Can’t have your regular breakfast cereal? Let’s hit Sam’s Club and get the ingredients to make your very own granola cereal with peanut butter and chocolate! So we did.
And all week he’s been bragging about his awesome chocolate cereal, not even realizing it’s sweetened with applesauce and honey and possibly a billion or so times healthier than the stuff he normally wants.
More Snacks Like Peanut Butter Granola
Peanut Butter Granola making tools
- Oil mister – This is the perfect gift for folks who want to make sure they know exactly what they’re spraying on their pans. We like to put olive oil in ours, but you could use anything from vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or whatever you like! Just pump the top a few times and it sprays a fine mist of the oil you chose.
- Bakers half sheet – It’s cool, we only have about six of these bakers half sheets because they’re good for absolutely everything. Cookies? Yes! Steak? Yes! Cake? Oh yeh! Roasted veggies? Uhhhh huh!
Did you know some experts consider oats a SUPERFOOD?
- According to a 2011 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, oat beta-glucan, a dietary fiber found in oats, has cholesterol-lowering properties.
- Oat consumption is associated with a 7 percent reduction in total “bad” cholesterol levels.
- It’s also been shown that a diet containing oats can improve blood pressure control, and an increase in oats may significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- In addition, a study done by the University Hospital Mannheim found that Type 2 diabetes patients who were given oatmeal as part of their diet achieved a 40 percent reduction in insulin dosage.
How to Make Peanut Butter Granola
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- 18 ounce container quick cooking 1 minute oats approximately 7 cups
- 1 cup applesauce
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips optional
- olive oil
- Combine applesauce, peanut butter, and honey in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fully blended.
- Pour over oats and stir until the oats are all moistened.
- Place mixture on a lightly oiled baking sheet, spread evenly.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes, stirring/tossing every 10 minutes, until granola is becoming nicely browned.
- Remove from oven, toss the chocolate chips over top and give it a quick, gentle stir. Salt lightly, to taste.
- Set aside and allow to cool (this is when it will get crunchy). Store in an airtight container.
- Enjoy as-is or in a big bowl with milk!