Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

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This Vegan Homemade Peanut Butter Granola is a favorite for breakfast time in my house…my boys love it!

In fact, when I make it, they politely ask me “please don’t cook it” as they each get a spoon and proceeded to eat it right out of the mixing bowl.

And I don’t blame them…it really is that good!

The reason they requested the peanut butter granola is they have eaten the Nature’s Path Organic Peanut Butter Granola  in the past but it’s rather pricey at $4.79 for a small 11.5 ounce box.

You can buy a much cheaper box of granola, but the lower cost isn’t worth it if you look at the ingredient list, as in this box of Kellogg’s Low-Fat Granola:

Ingredients:  WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT, SUGAR, RICE, CORN SYRUP, ALMONDS, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF MOLASSES, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, PALM OIL, SALT, CINNAMON, NONFAT MILK, MALT FLAVORING, POLYGLYCEROL ESTERS OF FATTY ACIDS, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, GUAR GUM, BHT FOR FRESHNESS. (source)

  • Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch – corn is a well known and documented GMO ingredients.  Unless it is labeled “organic” or is labeled “non-GMO Project Verified”, we can only assume it’s made from GMO corn
  • Almonds – if they aren’t organic, they could contain up to 9 pesticide residues, 3 neurotoxins, 4 honeybee toxins, 1 known/probable carcinogen and 4 suspected hormone disruptors (source)
  • Salt – processed, toxic iodized salt
  • Sugar – refined, processed, bleached sugar
  • BHT – (aka Butylated Hydroxytoluene) is a synthetic preservative
  • Natural and Artificial Flavor – a sneaky way to include something in their product without having to fully disclose what it is
  • Nonfat Milk – unless it is organic or comes from a small family farm, you don’t know what the cow has been fed (GMO-grains) or if it has been given antibiotics, hormones, etc.

Since that is definitely not an option and I didn’t want to pay for the small organic box, I looked for an easy recipe with wholesome ingredients and was happy with the one I found.

It’s really easy to make, has a short ingredient list and is vegan and gluten-free too if you use gluten-free oats.

Serve it with homemade coconut milk or homemade almond milk and you have a 100% homemade breakfast your family will love!

 

 

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 5 Fast Facts About Oats:

  • provides significant fiber
  • helps control blood sugar levels
  • can reduce hypertension and high blood pressure
  • increases appetite-control hormones
  • lowers bad cholesterol

5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:

  • contains manganese and zinc
  • high levels of anti-oxidants
  • helps with inflammation
  • 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
  • 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana

5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):

  • excellent source of vitamin E
  • high in folate
  • contains tryptophan helps fight depression
  • good source of fiber
  • excellent source of protein

5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:

  • super high in lauric acid
  • rich in antioxidants
  • contains natural microbial and antibacterial agents
  • improves metabolism and prevents fatigue
  • can help to improve cholesterol

5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption

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Where to Buy:  If you have trouble finding any of the ingredients to make this recipe, you can order online from Amazon and have them delivered straight to your door:

 

 

Tip #1:  If you are going to make a big batch of granola, it’s best to buy it in bulk.  I buy mine from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, but if you don’t have one close by you, you can get some in bulk from the Amazon link above.

Tip #2:  You could add other ingredients if you’d like, like shredded coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds or even flax seeds.

Tip #3:  To keep the granola fresh, I store mine in glass mason jars with the BPA-free lids.

 

Vegan Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
  • 3/4 cups organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Optional

  • 1 cup organic peanuts

Directions

Step 1 In a medium sized bowl mix: peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and coconut oil (melted/liquid) and stir until well combined.

Put the oats into a large size bowl and stir the peanut butter mixture into it.

Combine together (with your hands works best) leaving some big chunks, if desired.

Spread onto cookie sheet or baking pan (you may have to do two batches).

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes keeping a close eye on it. You want it to be crunchy but not overcooked and burned.

Toss in the peanuts, if desired.

Enjoy!

Note

Recipe inspired by and adapted from:    http://abeautifulbite.com/peanut-butter-granola/

 

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10 comments to Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

  • Melissa

    I made this recipe. It was super easy. It turned out great and my husband (usually a cheerios guy) loved it. I am sharing it with my family as well.
    Thanks so much. I have also shared your awesome website! Great job on everything!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Melissa! I’m so glad everyone liked it, especially your husband because if he is like mine, they can be hard to please sometimes with new recipes! lol

      Thank you for visiting and I appreciate your feedback very much ;)

  • Jennifer

    I have to tell you that my kids and I can’t get enough of this stuff! They eat it for breakfast for cereal every day and then ask for more. It’s VERY filling and healthy! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Jennifer! I’m so glad to hear that!

      My boys love it too and even my husband (who is hard to please sometimes) gives it a thumbs up!

      I like it because it’s really easy to make and clean ingredients too!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it ;)

  • Nichole

    The smell of this stuff baking is divine … I’ve made plenty of granola (even those that call for 46 different ingredients) but this is the one I keep coming back to. We seriously love this stuff. Thanks for sharing it! <3

    • Karielyn

      Hi Nichole! Thanks so much! It is a favorite in our house too and if my husband would have his way, I would be making a batch of it everyday lol!

      I do try to make it at least once a week because both he and my boys love it so much.

      I’m so glad to know your family enjoys it and I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know ;)

  • Jessica

    This sounds awesome. Would it be possible to substitute honey for the maple syrup?

    • Karielyn

      Hi Jessica! Yes, you sure can! I usually use raw honey in my raw recipes and maple syrup in “cooked” recipes, such as this one, but you can certainly use honey in place of maple syrup.

      I hope you enjoy it if you decide to make it ;)

  • JennB

    Silly question possibly but do you store it in the refrigerator or cupboard? Going to make some today! Thanks for the recipe as always.

    • Karielyn

      Hi there Jennifer! Not a silly question at all ;)

      I keep mine in the kitchen cabinet either in a large glass mason jar (quart size) or a BPA-free plastic container (like this one: http://amzn.to/1nQ0HHS), depending on how much is left over after I make it.

      More often than not, between my husband and two boys, they usually wipe out an entire batch at one time and there really isn’t any leftover lol!

      Thanks for the question and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does ;)

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