Hello and Happy New Year to YOU! I’m crazy excited about all that 2017 has in store…most notably meeting this precious baby girl in April! While I’ve been super grateful for maternity jeans during the holidays {hello stretchy waist, I love you}, I’m vey ready to take a chill pill on the sugar and get our family back in the swing of healthy eating!
I thoroughly enjoyed the indulgences of the holidays with zero regrets! However, we do generally eat very healthy around here, and I love that I get to share what works for my family with all of you lovely ladies and gents! So let’s kick off 2017 with a tried and true family favorite recipe…this Healthy Peanut Butter Granola! It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, refined-sugar free AND vegan!
Perfect for any and all eaters in your life! Beloved by everyone who lives in my humble abode, it’s a great make-ahead breakfast for those of us who like to make the mornings as easy as possibly {i.e. sleep as long as we can}! Yes it’s true. I am not a “hot breakfast every day” mom. We eat lots of muffins, smoothies, breakfast bars, baked oatmeal, and yogurt with granola…..all of which have been made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Oh and I can’t forget…we even eat….cereal {gasp}… 😉
I like to make breakfast as easy and desirable as possible for my kids. They almost always get to pick whatever they want in the mornings, because the last thing I’m looking for is a battle royale over finishing their first meal of the day. {Truth}. This is why I think it’s important to have a bunch of nutritious options, like this Healthy Peanut Butter Granola, on hand and ready to be chosen by hungry little tummies.
It is ridiculously easy to make. Just melt together the honey and peanut butter, add the other wet ingredients, mix in the dry ingredients, combine and bake! In order to be extra sure your granola is done baking, remove a piece or two from the pan and let it cool on the countertop. If it hardens relatively quickly {in 1-2 minutes} then it’s done. If not, continue baking until it is crunchy at room temperature.
No worries if you do under bake this healthy peanut butter granola and it becomes soft the next day, just pop it back into the oven for a few minutes to re-crisp it! Just be SUPER careful not to forget you put it back in the oven…I may have done this on more than one occasion. Whoopsies.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 cups old-fashioned (or quick cooking) oats*
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together oats, salt and cinnamon. Set aside
  3. In a microwave safe dish or on the stovetop,
  4. melt the peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup) together until smooth.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  6. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  7. Spread mixture on prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until granola is lightly browned, stirring the granola once gently half way through. (A great way to test for doneness is to remove a small portion of the granola from the pan and set it on the counter.
  9. If it hardens as it cools the rest of the granola is done)!

You can find complete recipes of this HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA in joyfoodsunshine.com

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