I've been making my own yogurt parfaits to take advantage of the fresh fruit season and wanted to experiment with a homemade granola. I enjoy the crunch of granola mixed in with my parfait and can never find one in the store that I love! This recipe can easily be vegan by swapping the honey for maple syrup, see other substitutions below.
I also packaged this up in cute mason jars and gave them to my girlfriends during a recent luncheon. It was an inexpensive but thoughtful gift to pass out and took minimal prepping time. It would also make a great hostess gift for all the parties you're attending this summer.
Oats: I only used the quick-cooking oats but think that old fashioned oats would work just the same.
Honey: As mentioned, if looking to make this vegan you can swap the honey for maple syrup.
Peanut Butter: Can be substituted for any nut or seed butter. If you use a firmer variety of peanut butter (not a runny, natural kind), just be sure to melt it completely with the honey before adding the rest of wet ingredients.
2 quick-cooking (or old fashioned) oats
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, mix together oats, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. In a microwave safe dish or on the stove top, melt the peanut butter and honey together until smooth.
4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
5. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
6. Spread mixture on prepared cookie sheet.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until granola is lightly browned, stirring the granola once gently halfway through. (A good way to test if the granola is done is to remove a small portion of the granola from the pan and set it on the counter. If it hardens as it cools the rest of the granola is done!).
8. Remove from oven and let sit until cooled. Once cooled, break apart and eat!