Peanut Butter Granola (with Blueberries)

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I have heard that home-made granola is amazing, but I can’t believe it has taken me this long to try it.  Truthfully, it never occurred to me to make my own granola – the store bought kind has always been enough, and even that wasn’t thrilling.  This kind of mundane granola thinking came to grinding halt when, at the request of my kids, made Giada’s peanut butter granola recipe.

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Peanut Butter and Blueberry Granola

It all happened like this: my kids truly loves watching cooking shows.  We rarely watch TV, but when we do, Giada’s show is a frequently requested treat.  The last episode we watched focused on kid-friendly meals.  I told my kids that if they picked one item, we would make it the next day.  My son unequivocally picked the peanut butter granola and for the next 24 hours, the only thing we talked about were granola bars and how we were going to prepare them because I promised.

As promised, we bought the ingredients and prepared the granola.  It was unbelievably delicious and, frankly, put all the store-bought varieties to shame.  I made a few alterations to the original recipe to suit my taste – instead of chocolate chips, we included dried blueberries and we did not toast the almonds.  We served it with a side of fresh bananas and poured kefir (yogurt drink) over the top.  It was perfect (if I do say so myself).

I plan on making this again (with my little two helpers, of course) for a casual brunch with friends out in the backyard, and serving it alongside some fancy seasonal fruit and milk served in beautiful little personal mason jars.

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The granola was so delicious, that by the time I went over to photograph it, it was half-eaten. I shot it anyway because it looked too beautiful! In reality, nothing is picture-perfect and I love that.

 

Ingredients:

Vegetable cooking spray
1 egg white
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup (1-stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup slivered almonds (toasted as an option)
1/2 cup dried blueberries (or other dried fruit of your choice)

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with the cooking spray.  Lay a piece of parchment paper in the middle of the pan so that pieces stick out of the edges (see photo for illustration). Spray the parchment paper a little as well.

Step 2: Combine ingredients in the following order.  Whisk the egg-white in a medium bowl until it is frothy.  Then add the peanut butter, brown sugar, and honey. Then add the melted butter, oats, and almonds. Once the mixture is a nice even consistency, add the dried blueberries.

Step 3: Using a spatula, spread the mixture evenly into the pan.  Then bake until the edges begin to brown (approximately 10-15 minutes).  Remove from oven and allow to cool for a good hour.  Then cut into squares or diamonds and serve.

Easy, right?  Enjoy!

xx Lisa

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