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!
peanut butter granola
2 1/2 c oats
1/2 c wheat germ
1 t vanilla extract
2 T canola oil
3 T natural peanut butter
2 T brown sugar
3 T chopped chocolate (optional)
In a large bowl, mix oats and wheat germ together. Set aside. In a small saucepan, heat up oil, peanut butter, vanilla and brown sugar over medium high heat and let it all get melty together. Pour hot mixture over oats and stir well, so that everything is covered. You may have to use your hands if your peanut butter mixture is extra stiff. Add chocolate, if using, and mix well. Spread mixture on a baking sheet or large glass baking pan and toast in a 325 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, checking on it and stirring it occasionally until mixture is dry. When cool, store in a tightly lidded container.
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.
Brag all you want – your food is ALWAYS amazing!! Why deny it?? :0)
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.
I love the sound of peanut butter granola. My family adores peanut butter so I’d have to make this in a triple batch.
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.
Yum…I *heart* peanut butter!
hey, did your granola get crunchy at all? Mine didn’t. Not enough sweetener, perhaps?
This looks just like the peanut butter granola I make!!! The recipe is quite similar too, minus the wheat germ. It’s the best.
This sounds so good…I love anything with peanut butter so I’ll be giving this a try for sure. Thanks!
Oh yumm two of my favorite things, granola and peanut butter! Will definitely have to give this recipe a try.
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.
Hi! I am definitely going to try this recipe. I heart granola!
mmm granola- Did you use raw or toasted wheat germ? Sorry I’m not a great cook but I am a good recipe follower.
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!
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!
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!
I can take it off the list- it’s delish!
i don’t know if i can ever risk making this, because i would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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 🙂
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!
eatme, i just ate this for breakfast (again). so good!
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.
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.
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 🙂
AAAA! SO GOOD!
I'm a definite beginner at cooking and this was such a great experience- cooking AND eating! thanks!
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?
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!