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PB&J Granola

This recipe is sweetened with honey instead of refined sugar making for a delicious batch of granola that’s healthier than what you’ll find at grocery stores.

peanut butter and jelly granola

Photo: James Brosher

How was your weekend, friends? Ours was pretty laid back and consisted of a movie night at home, lots of errand running and a fun night out to celebrate our friends’ wedding. I’m looking forward to having a three-day weekend for James’ birthday in April because Saturday and Sunday always go by way too quickly!

As I’m getting ready for the work week to start, I always try to make sure our pantry and fridge are stocked with a couple different healthy breakfast options. James has been on a major granola kick the past couple of months, which means we’ve been buying two or three boxes a week. Even when buying in bulk, it’s much more cost effective to make your own batch of granola. You can control the mix-ins and the sugar content, which is a big benefit. One of the reasons granola tastes so good is it’s often loaded with sugar.

I skip the refined sugars in this recipe and instead use honey to give the granola its sweetness. And, is there a more perfect combination than peanut butter and strawberries? I think not.

Granola is ridiculously easy to make, so save yourself some money and take 15 minutes to throw a batch together. If your family eats granola everyday, double this batch to make sure it lasts you through the week.

PB&J Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place peanut butter, coconut oil and honey in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, until peanut butter just starts to melt. Stir mixture with a rubber spatula until smooth. Add cinnamon, vanilla and oats and stir until oats are coated in peanut butter mixture.
  3. Spread granola evenly across baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown, flipping granola halfway through.
  4. Remove granola from oven and stir in strawberries. Allow granola to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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Barbara Brosher

Barbara Brosher is the Senior News Editor at WTIU/WFIU and blogger at thebroadcastingbaker.com. She's passionate about good storytelling and good food. Barbara believes in hoppy beers, long bike rides and extravagant cakes.

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