Easy Naturally Sweetened Peanut Butter Granola

Easy Naturally Sweetened Peanut Butter Granola | Mama Papa Bubba

Mmm… peanut butter granola!

Once upon a time, Miss G and I made a big batch of chia granola every couple of weeks or so and it was absolutely delicious.  That continued on for years – while living just off of Main Street in Vancouver and then throughout our second stint in Kuwait.  And then we came back home to Canada for the second time {you can see snipets of our last few weeks in the desert here}, me pregnant, tasked with finding a home, getting Miss G started in school, and settling back into life here in North America {which I truly think is harder than settling into a new life abroad}… And somewhere in between all of that and our little nugget Sam being born super early, I started buying granola instead.  Delicious, locally made and naturally sweetened granola from Terra Breads, but store bought nonetheless.

Well, on a whim a few weekends ago, I whipped up a batch of peanut butter granola to feed the kids for breakfast as Grae read and Sam played play dough up at the island.  I burned the first batch badly {too many things on the go at once while solo parenting}, but despite being completely charred, I could tell that the recipe was a good one, so I promptly whipped up another batch.  Since then?  I think I’ve made another 2 or 3 batches.  It’s that delicious and that easy.

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Now disclaimer – this homemade granola isn’t as healthful as our old version made with all kinds of seeds, hemp hearts, wheat germ, flax seeds, and a very small amount of oil made up for with pure apple sauce…  In fact, I’d probably classify this new version as more of a ‘treat’ granola, but it’s still naturally sweetened and made of a few fairly wholesome ingredients, so I’ll take it.  Plus it’s incredibly delicious and so easy that you can whip it up while your kiddos patiently wait for their weekend breakfast.

Here’s our recipe…

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Easy Naturally Sweetened Peanut Butter Granola

  • 2/3 cup of natural peanut butter (or other natural nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup or honey (we do half and half and use a maple honey)
  • 4 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup of chia {we use white chia seeds}

In a small saucepan, combine the nut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup and/or honey.  Warm it over medium heat, stirring regularly, until it starts to bubble.

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat, measure out the old-fashioned oats, sliced almonds, and chia seeds.

Pour the hot liquid mixture over the oat mixture and combine them well (I get in there with my hands once it cools a bit).  Spread the mixture out evenly, pat it down a little bit (this will help clusters form!), and pop it into a 300 degree oven.

Let the granola bake for 20 minutes undisturbed, then take it out, flip it carefully (trying to keep as many big clumps as you can), and then pop it back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

Allow it to cool completely (it’ll crisp up as it does) and serve or pop into an air-tight jar or container for later use.

We keep our granola in a mason jar in our pantry for a week at a time (it doesn’t last any longer than that), but if you really want to extend it’s storage, you could easily store it in the freezer and use what you need when you need it.

Also, though we’ve not tried it ourselves, my guess is that you could totally make this nut-free if you have an allergy in the family or if you want to send it to school and your child’s class is nut-free…  I’d swap out the peanut butter for either sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, or Wow butter, and the sliced almonds for pepitas.  {If you try this, please let me know how it works out!}

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