From Oats to Granola: The Journey Within

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!

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425º and grease one 9 in. x 13 in. pan
  2. Mix together oats, salt and nuts in a large bowl and set aside
  1. In a small saucepan, heat peanut butter and honey over low flame, stirring continuously for approximately 3 minutes
  2. Pour saucepan contents and vanilla extract into bowl and mix until dry ingredients are coated with sauce
  3. Pour granola mix into greased pan and spread evenly, pressing down gently across the top
  1. Place pan into oven and bake for 20 min.
  2. Halfway through (~10 min in), gently flip the granola over for even toasting
  3. For larger chunks of granola, press down granola after flipping it over
  1. After bake time, place pan on wire rack and let it cool completely
  2. Once the granola is completely cool, add in chocolate chips
  3. Store your granola in sealed container and enjoy!

Optional Changes

  • 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!

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