Thursday, November 1, 2012

Peanut butter granola

I love granola... it is good so many different ways....sprinkled over yogurt, put into parfaits with yogurt & fruit, with a little milk poured over it...or just it that way... lots of different ingredients to add.... I like it with dried cranberries, blueberries...different kinds of nuts..all kinds of things.... I am developing several granola recipes... wanting to include bags of granola with my holiday goodie baskets...yum...
I used smooth peanut butter, but crunchy would work just fine too...maybe add 1/4 cup more. Also thinking of adding honey roasted peanuts next time instead of the trail mix...also the trail mix that I used has nuts and dried fruit in chocolate chips which would melt in the cooking process.  You can add 1 cup of chocolate chips (or whatever flavor chips you like ex: white, peanut butter etc.) to the cooled mixture.    Whatever you do make this soon... Enjoy

Just a note that this does not have a strong peanut buttery taste.  It just has a slight peanut butter taste.

Peanut butter granola

4 cups old fashioned oats
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 t salt
1/4 t vanilla
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup honey
1/3 + 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
3/4 t cinnamon
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup whole raw almonds  (can use other kinds of nuts too)
1/2 cup trail mix

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place oats, coconut & almonds on a large baking sheet (with sides on it), mix well.  In saucepan add peanut butter, maple syrup, light corn syrup,cinnamon, salt, vanilla, water, oil and honey.  Melt mixture till bubbly stirring constantly.  Pour over oat mixture and stir with spoons well until all is well coated.  Spread mixture to an even layer and place into oven and bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and stir well then spread back out to an even layer.  Bake for 10 more minutes, remove from oven, add trail mix and stir mixture well.  Spread mixture back into an even layer and bake for 8-10 more minutes or until mixture looks lightly toasted.  Remove from oven and cool completely.  With spoon break mixture apart into large chunks.  Store in an airtight container.  Enjoy

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