Peanut Butter Granola (Heart Healthy)
Peanut butter granola is a staple at our house. It is one of those things that I hear about the second that it starts to get low. Every weekend on meal prep day, a batch of this goes in the oven. They only take about 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook. Sometimes a second batch even gets made during the week. Everyone loves it and I love that this homemade version is something that I can feel good about my family eating.
Meal time at my house is tricky – my kiddos tend to be picky eaters, but they are also on the small side, so the “if you don’t eat what I made, then you don’t eat” technique doesn’t really fly. I did try that (honest!) but their weight started dropping to where the pediatrician was running tests to see if there was something wrong or if they are, indeed, “just small”. I needed a meal alternative that didn’t require me cooking a second meal when they don’t like what we have, but that still provides a good amount of nutrition and is filling enough to get them through till their next meal. This peanut butter granola fits the bill. It hits on the major food groups (especially if I give it to them over some yogurt and toss in a fruit and veggie pouch of some sort).
My husband and I also love it. Served with yogurt and topped with a diced up banana, it is one of my favorite breakfasts. My husband grabs handfuls for a quick snack to get him through to the next meal.
There are not a lot of meals out there that everyone loves, provides a lot of healthy nutrients, and is this easy to make. When I find one, I keep it. And this one is definitely a keeper!
Peanut Butter Granola
- 3½ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup peanuts salted or honey roasted
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 275°F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk oats, peanuts, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In your bowl for your mixer, combine peanut butter, oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, and milk and whisk on medium speed until smooth.
- Using your paddle attachment, slowly blend in dry ingredients until completely integrated into wet mixture.
- Pour mixture onto pan lined with parchment paper and spread evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring on pan once half way through. Keep an eye on it the last ten minutes and remove it early if it is getting too dark.
- Let cool for 3 hours before transferring to airtight container.
While It’s Cooking
Did you know that eating granola may help lower your cholesterol and prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer? For a list of 13 other foods that can help lower cholesterol read 13 Cholesterol-Lowering Foods to Add to Your Diet Today by Healthline