Everyone knows what it’s like to have the munchies. Usually, I look in the pantry and grab something that’s coated with chocolate. Actually, my general go-to snack is anything and everything that’s loaded with fat and carbs (the bad kind). Now that I have some time on my hands, I’m trying to make better decisions about what I snack on and my favorite find so far is home-made granola!
The best thing about granola is that aside from rolled-out oats, every other ingredient is interchangeable with whatever you have in your kitchen! After trying a few different recipes, I found a winner – and I knew it was a winner when my family ate all of it within a couple of days. So I thought that I’d share the recipe with all of you! And remember, make any changes you want!
- 4 cups rolled-out oats
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup olive oil (or melted coconut oil)
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups walnuts
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425º and grease one 9 in. x 13 in. pan
- Mix together oats, salt and nuts in a large bowl and set aside
- In a small saucepan, heat peanut butter and honey over low flame, stirring continuously for approximately 3 minutes
- Pour saucepan contents and vanilla extract into bowl and mix until dry ingredients are coated with sauce
- Pour granola mix into greased pan and spread evenly, pressing down gently across the top
- Place pan into oven and bake for 20 min.
- Halfway through (~10 min in), gently flip the granola over for even toasting
- For larger chunks of granola, press down granola after flipping it over
- After bake time, place pan on wire rack and let it cool completely
- Once the granola is completely cool, add in chocolate chips
- Store your granola in sealed container and enjoy!
- Substitute/add in any type of nut
- Add in 1/2 cup dried fruit of choice (i.e. cranberries)
- Substitute honey for maple syrup
- Mix in coconut flakes with cool granola
- If using steel-cut oats (which is perfectly fine!) increase bake time
Next time you’re searching high and low for a satisfying snack, you can reach for your granola! Enjoy this fibrous, protein-rich substitute that will leave you salivating for more!