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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- 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.
- Spread granola evenly across baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown, flipping granola halfway through.
- Remove granola from oven and stir in strawberries. Allow granola to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.