Is granola still associated with hippies? Just curious. If it is, well, those hippies were onto something.
This is a perfect recipe for those lazy days. There’s no baking. No futzing. No dirty cookie sheets. And it has peanut butter in it, which automatically makes it a good thing. I think.
Not bad, eh?
It’s just old fashioned oats (You could use quick oats. I have a thing against quick oats, apparently, and don’t buy them.) mixed with your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, and it all comes together with a peanut butter sauce that’s naturally sweetened.
What you add is up to you – whatever your favorites are. For me it was chopped dates, walnuts, and unsalted sunflower seeds. Mix it all together with the oats and some cinnamon.
You can use whatever natural sweeteners you have. You can use all honey and leave out the molasses, use maple syrup, whatever.
Mix it all together, and you’re done. No baking. None whatsoever. I actually prefer this granola to cooked granolas, but that’s just me. If the no-baking thing weirds you out, you can bake it. Quitter.
I like to eat it for breakfast, cold, with a little milk. If it’s a chilly morning I’ll zap it in the microwave for a minute to warm it up.
Peanut Butter Granola
4 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup walnuts or any other nut
½ cup sunflower or flax seeds
½ cup chopped dates or any other dried fruit
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup honey or maple syrup
¼ cup molasses
Add oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dates, and cinnamon to a large bowl, mix well.
Place peanut butter, honey, and molasses in a small saucepan, turn heat to medium. Stir until melted and smooth. Pour over oat mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats are covered in the peanut butter mixture. Transfer granola to an airtight container. Will keep in the refrigerator for weeks.