Easy Granola

Well, now that I’ve started making granola, I can’t stop.  I love it, the toddler loves it, and when his friends are over for play group they descend upon it like a committee of vultures (that IS the technical term, I promise!).  Well, they reacted that way to the peanut butter granola that I posted before, and my husband likes this basic granola even better than the peanut butter.

  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 brown sugar, packed
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1/4 water
  • sundries (nuts, raisins, shredded coconut, other dried fruits, etc.)

Super easy!  Heat the oven to 300 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients — flour, sugar, oats, and whatever sundries you are using — in a big bowl.  Melt the butter in the microwave, then add the water to it and stir the liquid into the dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly, then pour the mixture out onto a big cookie sheet.  Bake for about 30-35 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want it.

This time, I made this with peanuts and cashews, and it is fantastic.

I tried doubling this to make a big batch, but you might have a hard time getting it all to cook evenly, so I would stick with this size batch.  After you’ve had a couple of test handfuls, the rest should fit pretty well into an empty plastic 16 ounce peanut jar.  🙂

Peanut Butter Granola

Ok, wow.  I realized yesterday that even though my blog is called “Granola Mommy,” I don’t have a single granola recipe posted.  Hmmm, probably has something to do with the fact that, until yesterday, I’d never actually made granola….

But now I have!  Two batches, actually.  The Toddler Taste-tester was quite impressed with both batches.  Turns out that it can be really easy, and it’s SOOO much healthier than store-bought stuff.

I found the original recipe here:

http://www.pbfingers.com/2011/06/14/peanut-butter-granola/

To give credit where it is due.  This was really good, but of course, few recipes pass through my kitchen unchanged.  So now I will tell you how I made the second batch.

  • 4 Tbs creamy peanut butter
  • 4 Tbs honey (local if you can get it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1.5 cups oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a cookie sheet with unflavored cooking spray (you don’t use the flavored stuff anyway, do you?).

Combine the peanut butter and honey in a bowl, then microwave for about 30 seconds.  Mix them together really well, then add the cinnamon and vanilla and mix again.  Now stir in the oats until they are all very well-coated with the mixture.  Spread them out on the cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes.  Let cool, and devour!  (Or you could try saving it in an airtight container, but good luck not eating it right away!)

This is a good base recipe that you could add all kinds of stuff to — chopped nuts, chopped dried fruit, shredded coconut…get crazy!  I plan to.  You could try maple syrup instead of honey (let me know if that works).  I think next time I am going to try drying it in the dehydrator instead of baking it and see how that goes.  If you guys come up with anything awesome to add to this, let me know!

Cereal Fruit Bars

Wow — a new post!  Sorry it’s been so long.  I hope the new recipes I’m going to be sharing are worth the wait.  These first few, at least, are super easy.

  • 1 to 1.5 cups dried fruit (any kind — raisins, cranberries, apricots, plums, whatever you like)
  • 2 Tbs honey (I used local honey for some added anti-allergy benefit)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • fruit juice or water as needed
  • 1 cup granola or other whole grain cereal

Ok, this is super easy.  Place the dried fruit, honey, and olive oil in your food processor.  Blend until you have a smooth mixture.  You may have to add a little fruit juice or water if you are using closer to 1.5 cups of fruit, but I used closer to 1 cup of fruit and didn’t have to add any.  If you need to stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor, do so.

Once the fruit mixture is nice and smooth, scrape it into a bowl and fold in the cup or so of cereal.  Mix until the cereal is evenly distributed, then spread into a small glass casserole dish — 8X8 would almost be too big.  Now refrigerate for at least an hour, then cut into squares and enjoy!  I like to wrap the squares individually in plastic wrap for a quick grab-and-go snack, or to keep in my purse as a treat for my son.