I woke up (for real this time). Threw my hair in a ponytail, got my girls on the bus and started making a mess in my kitchen.
You know what’s the best, besides making a mess in your kitchen? Preparing recipes that are fun to make. Well, all recipes are fun to make… to me. But the kind that you pretend you’re on your own cooking show and you get to talk like Julia Child. You can say things like “Now add the butterrrrr” or “you can find all the recipes on simply scratch dot com” Tell me you do this!? No? Just me? Awesome. I really don’t do that… I was, ehh, kidding?
Let’s make some granola!
Then, grab the bowl of nuts and oats, and the wheat germ you still had left over from this recipe, the salt, cinnamon and ginger.
Next, add the wheat germ in with the nuts…
And then add the spices too.
Next stir it all up and set aside.
Then in a small saucepan add the dark brown sugar with the honey. Heat it up on medium heat to a simmer.
While I waited, I checked some emails but you should probably keep your eye on the stuff in the pan and stir it often. Don’t be irresponsible. Don’t be me.
Once it’s all bubbly, carefully add in the peanut butter and vanilla.
Next, stir slowly until all the ingredients are combined.
You’ll need to bust out your strong arm… because stirring this isn’t easy.
Once the granola is all chunky and begging you to snag a piece… drizzle in the olive oil.
Then mix again. The granola should be all shiny and scrum-diddly-umptious.
Next, pour onto a silpat or parchment paper lined sheet pan, spread out and bake it in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.
Next, remove, stir and slide back into the oven for 15 more minutes. Then again, remove and stir, but this time bake it for only 10 minutes more.
Next, after 35-40 minutes it should be a dark golden color and smelling like heaven. Let it cool for at least a half hour before sampling.
Then grab the golden raisins and dried cranberries. aka “The Jelly” or dried fruit of your choice would work. Cherries, dates, apricots, prunes or dehydrated strawberries, your options really are endless!
That’s if it will last that long. This is the best salty-sweet, crunchy-chewy combination! The nuts and oat clusters will fill you up and keep you satisfied! Great for packing in your kids lunch boxes or as a mid-day snack!
Enjoy! And if you give this PB & J Granola recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!
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