I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love nut butter. I find every excuse I can to eat it or include it in a recipe. It's a freakish obsession really.
When it came time to make my (almost) weekly batch of granola, I decided that the usual was just not going to do. It needed something fresh, something new, something ... nut butter-y.
I did some experimenting and came up with this -- peanut butter granola in all its glory. I added coconut to give it a different kind of sweetness and it worked wonderfully. The peanut butter trumps any hint of coconut flavor, but it brings a delicious crispiness to the granola.
Peanut Butter Granola with Coconut
- 2 cups gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
- 6 Tablespoons all-natural peanut butter, warmed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
- 1/4 cup light agave
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or baking mat (like this). Soften peanut butter by scooping into a small, microwave-safe bowl and placing in microwave for about 10 seconds. You may also warm the peanut butter in a small pot over low heat, stirring constantly until soft.
In a medium bowl, combine the oats, peanut butter, salt vanilla and agave. Stir until ingredients are well-combined. Add the coconut and stir until mixed thoroughly.
Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and then bake in oven for 18 - 20 minutes, until golden brown. Stir/toss the granola with a spatula halfway through the bake time.
From concept to consumption of this recipe, I couldn't get enough granola. I was "testing" it straight from the bowl pre-bake, barely let it cool before I tried to grab a few bites of it and was eating handfuls of it as I was topping my yogurt this morning.
It's so good.
This morning's yogurt was Total 0% Blueberry Acai topped with PB granola and strawberries. It was like peanut butter and jelly in a bowl!
Note: This recipe is gluten-free and vegan. (If you have allergies or food sensitivities, always check specific manufacturer's products for allergens and/or cross-contamination issues.)
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