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.
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!