“Going Granola”

Let’s see…

We raise our own chickens.

We have a lovely little organic garden.

We began buying {mostly} organic foods.

And now I’m making my own granola?

When did we become hippies?

Ha!

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Actually, I have always wanted to make my own granola.  Back in college I spent my summers as a camp counselor in Montana.  They made THE BEST homemade granola.  Remind me to track someone down for that recipe!

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Anyway, I was looking for a new breakfast idea the other day and came across a recipe I pinned a while back.  The best part?  It was tagged “easy” and “just 5 ingredients.” THAT was the recipe I was looking for!  Of course, I had to make it my own.  I added coconut, flax seed, chia seed, and almonds.  (I wanted to add raisins as well, but I knew that would eliminate it as an option for one of my children.)

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Allison tried it with almond milk and loved it.  Sierra took hers with plain milk.  I had mine crunchy like a bar with a cup of coffee…

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And, little dude had his plain as well.  (Mostly because I was not in the mood to put a bib on him and clean up a milky mess… I was looking for easy, remember?)

Here is the original recipe.  FYI, I quadrupled it and added the aforementioned ingredients.  I will be doing this often.

PB Granola
2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp. honey
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. oats

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.

Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture. Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 7 -8 minutes until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.

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