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Granola Base Recipe

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My family loves granola and this versatile recipe will have you thinking up all sorts of variations. Despite this recipe containing peanut butter it does not taste like peanut butter. Rather, the peanut butter provides a complexity that is complemented by the natural sweetness of honey. We choose local honey to hopefully help with seasonal allergies. We hope you enjoy conjuring up creative concoctions with this recipe base as much as we do because the final product is always so delicious!

You can eat it as a snack.
You can store it in your pack.
You can eat it rather plain,
Because energy you’ll gain.
You can eat it with the Greeks,
Oikos, Fage, “Wow, you speak?”
You can top an apple ring,
Spread with peanut butter bling!……………..SO.MUCH.FUN.WITH.GRANOLA!

Peanut Butter Granola Base (dairy free, gluten free*)
makes ~ four ¼ cup servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c. old fashioned oats (*you can sub gluten-free oats)
  • 2 tbsp local honey

Directions: So simple kids love to help out!

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease a 9X13 pan with a little coconut oil or butter and set aside.
  • Combine peanut butter and honey in a small sauce-pan on medium heat. Stir until thoroughly mixed then turn off the heat (this does not take long)….or you can cheat and use the microwave for a few seconds.
  • Stir the vanilla and cinnamon into the peanut butter and honey mixture.
  • Add the oats and stir until completely covered in peanut butter mixture.
  • Spread the mixture onto prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes or until granola is slightly browned.
  • Let cool until granola is crunchy. Keep in air-tight container.

The Variations you can add to this base are endless. Below are a few we of our favorite variations 

Pumpkin Granola: this is a great recipe to add in some healthy omega-3s fat as pumpkin seeds are rich in ALA, a plant based omega-3.

  • Use pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon.
  • Add ¼ cup of raw pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) to the oat mixture before baking.
  • Once the granola has cooled stir in ¼ cup of raisins, dried cranberries or sliced dried apricots.

Chocolate Cherry Almond:

  • Add ¼ cup of raw slivered almonds to the oat mixture before baking.
  • If you really like the taste of almond you can add 1/8 tsp of almond extract (a little bit of almond extract goes a long way).
  • Once the granola has cooled stir in ¼ cup of freeze-dried strawberries and 1 heaping Tbsp of mini chocolate chip.
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