Confession time: I’m a granola snob.
I hate myself for saying that, but it’s true. I prefer granolas like Purely Elizabeth, Love Grown Foods, Blissful Eats, etc. I don’t buy store brands often because I hate all the added ingredients they add. I’m the kind of person that spends more money on their food then their clothing, so having good quality granola is important to me.
But, it gets expensive. LIKE REALLY EXPENSIVE. Thankfully, I’ve been gifted granolas by companies, but those only last so long. Since I still live at home with my parents, they will pay for my food, but what about when I go into the real world???? MAN I’M SCREWED.
Honestly, that’s one of the things I’m most scared about when I go to college. How the heck am I going to have money??? I’ll end up getting another job, and sure I’ll have my parents support, but other than that? Oh boy, I’m scaring myself. I guess it’s good that I’m stocking up on recipes I can make in my dorm room. That’s another thing- DORMS. I will be the first to admit that I do not pack lightly, so how I am going to pack my life into a small space baffles me. Let’s just say Bed Bath and Beyond is about to become my best friend.
Okay, but let’s get back to the granola. This granola is incredibly simple, but it requires one thing: a high quality peanut butter. I used 365 Everyday Value Whole Foods Peanut Butter, which is incredibly cheap and INCREDIBLY delicious! One large jar cost me about $4, and that goes a long way. Like I’ve said before, I love that my local Whole Foods Market Del Mar carries the 365 Brand, which has incredibly cheap and tasty products like this peanut butter. The texture is unlike any smooth peanut butter I’ve tried… and I’ve tried a LOT.
So, if you’re like me and want to cut down on the money you spend on granola, whip this batch up!
- 2 cups oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup peanuts
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine your oats, peanuts, coconut sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well so the cinnamon mixes everywhere.
- Next, add in the wet ingredients, and slowly pour in the maple syrup as your mix together everything. This process will take a while and you should get a thick mixture.
- Spray down a cooking sheet with olive oil spray, and smooth out the granola on the baking tray. Make sure it's flattened evenly so everything cooks well.
- Stick the mixture in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for ten minutes. Serve it how you'd like and enjoy!
*Note*- Whole Foods Market Del Mar sponsored this post. However, all opinions are my own and I truly love their 365 products.
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