Monday, September 12, 2011

Peanut Butter and Honey Granola

The heat is on! My exams started. The written ones are over already. Oral exams start next week... four more to go! It is an intense time. I keep telling people that there are four things I couldn't live without at the moment: coffee, ovomaltine, chocolate and, of course, peanut butter ;-) Still having my daily peanut butter sandwich for breakfast and lately, I discovered something truly great: Peanut Butter Granola! Fellow addicts, here comes one for you! Enjoy!

(from: The Kitchn)

This is the original recipe. I changed the composition slightly since I did not have everything at home when I decided to try the recipe. Of course, you can also leave out certain seeds and substitute them with others. Just create your granola as you like it.

3 cups rolled oats
2 cups shelled roasted peanuts
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup wheat germ
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
3/4 cup chopped dried dates

Heat the oven to 160°C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine oats, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.

In a small saucepan, mix the honey and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Turn off the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Pour over the oat mixture. Pour in the oil, and stir thoroughly. The mixture will be chunky and rough.

Spread the oat mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring twice while baking. Transfer the granola to a large bowl and add the dates, tossing to combine.

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