Thursday, April 7, 2016

Peanut Butter Maple Granola

Recently my hubby got to spend the night at the hospital due to an irregular EKG. It was a wake-up call that we are both getting older and we need to start taking even better care of our bodies. And even though we already garden and make a lot of our own food items, it was time to double down and do even better. No more store bought granola in this house. It is a simple item to make and can be changed up very easily depending on what you put in it.

Since my hubby LOVES peanut butter, we decided to whip up a peanut butter flavored granola. These granola bars are chewy and can also be broken down into a crumble for topping your morning yogurt, which I love because plain yogurt is just, well, plain. Having just three simple ingredients make this granola a breeze to whip up any time.


Ingredients
4 cups of oats
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup maple syrup (the REAL stuff)

Start by bringing the maple syrup to a rolling boil in a sauce pan. Let it boil hard for two minutes then remove from the heat and drop in the peanut butter. Stir so that the peanut butter melts into the syrup. Next add the syrup and peanut butter mixture to the oats and stir to coat the oats. You need to move rather quickly so that the oats get covered before they syrup/peanut butter begins to set up.

Place wax paper in a 9” x 9” cake pan and pour the oats into the pan. Use your hand to press the coats down and form a uniform layer. Place the pan in the refrigerator so the granola can cool. Once the granola has cooled a bit, use a knife to cut the granola into bars.


Store granola bars in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator. Don’t throw out any of the crumbly bits left in the pan or crumbles that form in the bag. These granola crumbles are excellent on plain yogurt for breakfast! You could even crumble up a bar or two to use for topping. The crumbles are also super yummy on ice cream!


 The best part of this simple recipe, okay other than the taste, is that it is good for you. I hope you enjoy this yummy, nutritious, granola treat as much as we do!

24 comments:

  1. I used crunchy peanut butter and 4 cups of regular oats was way too many for this to be anything we could pick up and eat. It was so crumbly. Delicious, but not bars. I tried doubling the maple syrup and peanut butter and still ended up with just granola. I may try tripling them next time. It IS delicious, though, and all the kids are it, going back for seconds and thirds. I need bars for on the run, so I'll keep playing with it.

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    1. We use smooth peanut butter. Maybe that makes the difference. Do you firmly press it into the pan?

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  2. This looks like everything I want in a bar! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit. Pinned and shared.

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    1. I hope you enjoy and thanks for coming by. I so enjoy hoping with you all.

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  3. I have been looking long and hard for an all natural, homemade granola bar that was SIMPLE and by just reading the ingredients would know it would taste good! Today is THE day I found it, and I'm so thrilled! Thank you so much!

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    1. You are welcome! They are yummy and VERY easy to make. Our kids can whip these up, okay well maybe not the four year old as he is not allowed to touch the stove, but the nine year can!

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  4. These sound yummy!! And flavored with maple syrup is a big winner in my book! I'm going to try a batch tomorrow. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. Enjoy! You could sub out the maple for honey but I am a BIG maple lover since we make our own

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  5. Wow you granola sounds so good!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe to make this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  6. This looks amazing!! I love anything with peanut butter. Thanks for sharing :)

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Well these are peanut buttery! Hope you enjoy :)

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  7. YUM! This is such a neat recipe!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  8. Very nice, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

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  9. I'm glad your hubby was okay! your Peanut Butter Maple Granola looks delicious and I love the wholesome ingredients. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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    1. Hop you make some up, it is really good :)

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  10. I love granola, and your recipe is so simple! I can't wait to try, I'm pinning. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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    1. It is sooooo simple and soooo good! Enjoy and thanks for the pin!

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  11. Can you use Vermont maple syrup in a bottle since in Idaho we don't have homemade syrup available?? I bet a sprinkle of cinnamon would be good too.

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    1. Yes you can! The cinnamon does sound like a nice touch.

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