I had no idea it was so easy to make granola. Why have I been paying so much money for these fancy cooked oats for my entire life? I feel kind of stupid.
I love peanut butter granola. It has always been my favorite, so I like to make it with peanut butter. For the last batch I baked, I added chopped crystallized ginger chunks, and it absolutely rocked, so if you want to try it that way, I recommend.
Ginger is also great for soothing nausea, and I’m a big fan of it in the mornings. I can never eat first thing in the morning, even though I know it’s the most important meal of the day and blah, blah, blah. I just want to sip coffee for a few hours every morning… is that so wrong?
I took pictures of the last batch of granola I made. Here they are with and without flash:
It turned out with a great consistency. When I stirred it, it broke apart into little pieces and clumps, and was completely indistinguishable from store-bought granola. And I know exactly what’s in it, which I find comforting. I store it on my counter at room temperature, in a glass jar, and it lasts over a week, no problem.
Here’s the recipe:
Honey-Peanut Butter Granola
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In saucepan, mix:
2 tbsp margarine or butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
Cook on stove top until smooth, then mix with:
3 cups old-fashioned oats
Spread mixture in a 9×13 glass baking pan, bake 10 minutes, mix, then bake 10-15 minutes until golden.
You’re going to love it, you damned dirty hippies. I promise.