When I came home to Cleveland on semester breaks, I would always make granola. I made a huge batch so that there was enough to leave some with my mom, to take some back to school for me, and to make a baggie of it for my grandma. It is my favorite breakfast snack and all of my favorite nutty flavors in one bite.
This is not that granola.
This granola, however, is it’s rival.
AKA: using-my-leftovers granola. AKA: I-don’t-have-the-ingredients-and-don’t-want-to-eat-more-added-sugar granola. AKA: tastes-like-a-peanut-butter-cookie-granola.
REPEAT: this granola tastes like a peanut butter cookie. And it will melt in your mouth like one, too.
That in of itself is enough to rival my all-time favorite granola recipe. Additionally, it is so simple to make. It blows my mind how much money people spend on granola in a grocery store when they can make twice that amount of their own version for less money.
Not only is this granola easier to make, but it is also a slightly healthier granola version than the one I typically treat my family and myself to when I come home and raid my mom’s kitchen.
However, the health of this recipes lies in the ingredients you use.
REAL maple syrup, organic honey, and natural & unsalted peanut butter.
This variation has no added sugar. Yep. Honey and maple syrup are sugar. However, by using REAL maple syrup and organic honey, the type of sugar you are putting in your body is so much better for you than granulated sugar, brown sugar, and processed maple syrup or honey.
And, using real peanut butter gives it the extra protein without the added salt or palm oil.
Vegans: this is a better alternative to getting your fats and protein than a donut. On a gluten-free diet: use gluten-free oats. Breakfastlovers: mix with a handful of berries and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt. Looking to impress: warm in the oven for 5-6 minutes, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and drizzle with warm peanut butter. YUM.