Sunday, February 12, 2012

Peanut Butter Granola

As I've mentioned before, I've kind of been on a granola kick lately!  Recently I've been experimenting with many different flavor combinations and ingredients, and have finally found another one I feel I cannot deprive you of.  Peanut butter and granola!  Holy smokes, is this ever delicious!  I honestly believe I could eat the whole batch right now.  Once you taste it you'll never want store bought granola again!  The best part is, it's so incredibly easy to throw together, and by making it yourself, you're in control of the ingredients, therefore you know exactly what it is you're eating.

Peanut Butter Granola
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3 cups rolled oats
3 cups puffed rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup + 4 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp. canola oil
4 Tbsp. granulated sugar
4 Tbsp. maple syrup (I used sugar free)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Dash of salt
2-4 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
1 bag Reese’s peanut butter baking chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Pour the oats and rice cereal in a large bowl and set aside.  Add the applesauce, peanut butter, canola oil, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and ground flaxseed in a medium bowl and whisk together until well combined.  Pour the wet ingredients over the oats and rice cereal and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is very well blended. 

Spread the mixture in an even layer, completely covering the bottom of the prepared baking mat.  Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the pan, stir in the peanuts, spread the mixture back out (so that it’s evenly coating the bottom of the pan), and return the pan to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the granola is crisp and golden.  Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to let cool completely.  Once cooled, stir in the Reese’s peanut butter baking chips and store in an airtight container.

Source: Adapted from Healty Food for Living


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