Why buy granola when you can make it at home really easily? This delicious and easy peanut butter granola is packed with whole grains, and delicious peanutty flavor.
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How it Fits into My Lifestyle
I’m constantly re determining what’s worth making at home vs buying. Do I cook my own dry beans (I now have an Instant Pot, so the answer will almost always be yes from now on!), do I make my own salad dressings, do I make my own bread (yes because it’s no knead and AMAZING), how about my own nut butter? eek. So many tough questions.
I mean buying something at the store is awesome and easy, but there’s something special about making it yourself, for some reason granola tastes way better homemade, because you can customize it to your preferences, and there’s a real sense of pride/ownership from eating something you’ve made that seems to make it taste better. Ya know?! As a huge proponent of eating mindfully, having this extra strong connection to my food is a really cool thing, when it’s possible of course. So with all this said, as someone always looking for an easy way, but also a good way, simple recipes can be a way to combine the two and to spend some quality time in the kitchen.
How it’ll make your life easier
I’ve started asking myself a few questions to decide each time I need more of the aforementioned ingredients, these may be helpful for you to determine the costs/benefits of making your own -whatever it is-
-How long would it take me to make xxxxx?
-Is the homemade version WAAAAAY tastier?
-Will it save me a lot of money?
-Do I enjoy making xxxxx recipe?
Sometimes I check off all the boxes, sometimes just one. Sometimes I check all the boxes, then buy it because time is valuable and I sometimes have zero time. Either way, if you have a few minutes, and it’s worth it to you, this homemade peanut butter granola is delicious, will make your kitchen smell like peanut butter goodness for a few hours, and will save you some $$$. Hope that’s helpful.
Just one more reason why this granola will make your life easier, it’s a recipe that you spend a few minutes making, and then enjoy it as a quick breakfast at home, or take it to eat at work, or even have it as a snack. Granola is a really easy breakfast that you can just grab & go. I’m all about that.
Quick Notes on This Recipe
-set a timer. It’s been about a year since I made granola because I burned the crap out of my last batch. So just in case someone shows up unexpectedly, you get caught up in something else, or you just plain forget, that timer will remind you 🙂
-you will need all the honey and peanut butter to evenly coat the oats.
-don’t spread it out too thin, it’ll burn
-granola will still be soft when done. Leave it out to cool, and it’ll harden up.
-this granola goes really well with yogurt & fresh fruit (like berries or bananas-ohh now I’m getting hungry), or you can just eat it as cereal with your milk of choice.
Easy Peanut Butter Granola
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 4 cups rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add peanut butter, honey, and salt to large microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds-1 minute on high, until peanut butter and honey are softened. Stir together.
- Add chia seeds and rolled oats to softened peanut butter mix. Mix together in same bowl. Pour granola mixture onto greased baking sheet, spread out in an even layer.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring once 10 minutes into baking time.
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