oat couture: peanut butter granola

Not one to brag, but for the past week, everything that has come out of my kitchen has been amazing. I’ve been cooking for every single meal and trying new things like making jam and thin crust pizza–and everything has turned out great. It’s a good feeling. And it all started with this granola recipe.

I’ve been wanting to make a peanut butter granola for a while now and I’m glad I finally gave it a try. It was so successful that I’ve made it twice in a row…even converting a friend who says that she hates granola! It’s that good. In my first batch I decided to throw in a bit of chocolate after becoming inspired by Molly’s recipe, but when I made it again without the chocolate, the granola didn’t miss a thing. Chocolate or not, it’s your call.

Another tip…when I first made this, the peanut butter jar was new, so the peanut butter near the top (despite all my stirrings) was definitely of the oilier variety and got more liquidy when heated. When I made it again, the peanut butter jar was close to empty, so even melting it was a bit difficult. I could have added more oil to compensate, but I decided to just use a little bit of elbow grease instead and used my hands to break-up and distribute all of that peanut buttery goodness all over those oats. It was a good move. This granola has a nice peanut butter flavour and is just a bit sweet. It’s perfect over plain yogurt topped with berries or with a dollop of homemade jam.

This morning another of my posts went up on the Food Network Canada blog. This one is my interview with celebrity chef, Anna Olson. She was amazingly personable, friendly and nice. A dream interview subject, for reals. Take a peek!

30 comments to “oat couture: peanut butter granola”

  1. 1
    Bijoux   June 4, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I whipped up your cocoa-coconut granola that you posted about just before I headed out on my trip to Greece. My husband ate the whole batch while I was away and said it was very good. I will give this recipe a whirl too because I like to have chocolate for brekkie sometimes.

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    VeggieGirl   June 4, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Brag all you want – your food is ALWAYS amazing!! Why deny it?? :0)

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    kickpleat   June 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    jen, i go through granola in about a week too. try this one out!

    bijoux, glad your hubs liked the cocoa granola. chocolate is good for breakfast!

    aw, shucks, veggiegirl!

    jen, yes, my granola was crunchy. my oven runs hot, so maybe bake yours longer. it should get nice and golden and crisp.

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    Cookie baker Lynn   June 4, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I love the sound of peanut butter granola. My family adores peanut butter so I’d have to make this in a triple batch.

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    Jen   June 4, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Oooh, we just finished off the granola I made last week–I’ll have to pick up some wheat germ and give this a go. Yum.

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    Crystal   June 4, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Yum…I *heart* peanut butter!

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    Jen   June 4, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    hey, did your granola get crunchy at all? Mine didn’t. Not enough sweetener, perhaps?

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    Kylie   June 4, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    This looks just like the peanut butter granola I make!!! The recipe is quite similar too, minus the wheat germ. It’s the best.

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    Dani Spies   June 4, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    This sounds so good…I love anything with peanut butter so I’ll be giving this a try for sure. Thanks!

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    Laura   June 4, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Oh yumm two of my favorite things, granola and peanut butter! Will definitely have to give this recipe a try.

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    Jessica   June 5, 2008 at 6:42 am

    There you go again- just when I’ve been eying your cocoa-coconut granola and Molly’s chocolate granola, you go and post ANOTHER one for me to add to the list.

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    Erin   June 5, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Hi! I am definitely going to try this recipe. I heart granola!

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    pamipoo   June 5, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    mmm granola- Did you use raw or toasted wheat germ? Sorry I’m not a great cook but I am a good recipe follower.

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    kickpleat   June 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    lynn, definitely make a triple batch…it goes quickly!

    thanks, crystal, i do too!

    miss kylie, this is a good one…i’ll have to check out yours too!

    dani spies, it is good! give it a try 🙂

    laura, i know who doesn’t love pb & granola!

    add it to the list, jessica!

    thanks erin!

    pamipoo, honestly i can’t remember what kind of wheat germ i used. i think it’s the raw kind but i’m not positive. i threw out the bag ages ago and keep it in a mason jar in my freezer!

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    Sarena Shasteen   June 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I love granola, but have never had success with what I have made. We all love peanut butter here, so while the kids are out of school for the summer…I think this would be a good thing to try together. Thanks for the recipe. It is on my list of things to make soon!

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    Jessica   June 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I can take it off the list- it’s delish!

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    michelle @ TNS   June 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

    i don’t know if i can ever risk making this, because i would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    peanut butter…drool.

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    kickpleat   June 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    sarena, if you love peanut butter, you’ll love this recipe. it’s easy, really 🙂

    jessica, awesome! glad you made it!

    really, michelle, would that be so wrong? i don’t think so 🙂

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    eatme_delicious   June 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make peanut butter granola for a while!! I should really try this out soon. It looks amazing. I love your regular granola recipe and have made it so many times!

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    kickpleat   June 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    eatme, i just ate this for breakfast (again). so good!

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    Mari   June 23, 2008 at 10:32 am

    This sounds so good! I was on a granola streak for awhile, but haven’t made any lately…I think I’ll have to change that.

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    Rooma   November 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    LOVE this recipe and your blog…thank you sooo much. I’m am a pb junkie so this is a perfect snack. I added 1/4c honey roasted sunflower seeds for added crunch. I’m going to make your pumpkin soup next.

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    kateohkatie   February 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I just discovered your blog – was sent over here for this recipe specifically. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for posting it 🙂

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    Wyatt   October 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I'm a definite beginner at cooking and this was such a great experience- cooking AND eating! thanks!

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    saveur   July 16, 2010 at 5:20 am

    I was so eager for this granola but I think this is the first time I had a granola flop! I am not sure what went wrong… it was so dry with limited peanut butter flavour. I added in 1/2 cup peanuts and not sure if it was because my PB was from the end of the jar that it didn’t work.. Soaked in milk, it can be salvaged as the falvours all melds together. I really couldn’t have mixed it any more… but it didn’t seem to coat the oats at all. Any suggestions?

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    kickpleat   July 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

    saveur, i’ve made it with pb from the end of the jar and had it work out fine – honestly it’s hard to say what went wrong!

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