Addictive Peanut Butter Granola (Nut-Free)

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first post of Firefighter February!

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(I know how you all love my artwork. :-))

This is the month of love, and for that reason, I will be featuring the recipes of mine that my husband loves best! His favorites run the gamut from simple snacks (like the recipe today) to savory side dishes to sweet treats (usually involving chocolate). I know you won’t be disappointed!

I’ve been making my own granola for years, but it has only been recently that I’ve finally nailed a recipe that my family and I LOVE!

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In the past, I’ve added nuts and dried fruit, only to then eliminate the dried fruit (it’s sweet enough without it, isn’t it?) and now the nuts. I really want the oats to be the star….with some help from my favorite peanut butter….

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One great thing about this recipe is that it is highly adaptable, meaning you can easily add in nuts and fruit if you like….

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….it’s also incredibly easy to make!

(See below for a xylitol-based option)

Addictive Peanut Butter Granola (Nut-Free)
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • ¼ c. creamy peanut butter (I used salted)
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • 2 T. coconut oil or butter
  • 1¼ t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • ⅛ t. salt
  • 2 T. flax seeds, chia seeds, or black sesame seeds, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, add the oil or butter, peanut butter, and maple syrup.
  3. Heat the mixture just until the oil/butter is melted.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt until everything is emulsified.
  6. Lastly, stir in the oats and seeds, if using, until the oats are evenly coated.
  7. Pat the mixture into a tight square shape on a cookie sheet (this ensures you will get big clusters as opposed to individual oats, if that is your desire).
  8. Bake for 25 minutes, untouched.
  9. Cool for 15-20 minutes.
  10. Break into clusters and enjoy!
Notes
This recipe is based on using coconut oil and no optional seeds. Weight Watchers points (new system): 7
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 243 Fat: 11.8 g Saturated fat: 5.3 g Unsaturated fat: 6.5 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 29.9 g Sugar: 9.2 g Sodium: 103 mg Fiber: 3.6 g Protein: 6.3 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

When you pat the mixture onto a cookie sheet, it will resemble this…

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….leaving it untouched during the baking process ensures you will get the elusive clusters unique to granola (let it cool first!)…

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….as big as you desire!…

I’ve received a few inquiries on low-sugar liquid sweeteners, so for those of you looking to lower your sugars or glycemic indicies, you can use this simple recipe for making a xylitol-based syrup:

Boil 2 parts xylitol with 1 part water (for instance, 1/2 cup of xylitol and 1/4 cup of water) until the xylitol has dissolved and the mixture thickens a bit. This will make a syrup with a similar consistency of honey or maple syrup. Let cool and use in place of other liquid sweeteners.

I don’t use xylitol much, but on the rare occasion I do, I use birch based brands such as this one in lieu of the corn-based, as I am wary of GM ingredients. I’ve also read it’s toxic to doggies, so that scares me!

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….yum-my!

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It’s so tasty too!…

So why don’t you join the thousands of happy, peppy people, and make a great big batch of Peanut Butter Granola?…. ;-)

What are your favorite granola add-ins?

I really love adding black sesame seeds! They’re often used in Asian recipes, and are known for their high mineral content as well as promoting kidney and liver health.

Shared with: Healthy Vegan Friday, Fight Back Friday, Healthy 2day, Gluten-Free Wednesday, Wheat-Free Wednesday

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Comments: 26

  1. Gabby @ the veggie nook February 1, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

    Awesome recipe Lauren, sounds delicious!

    Just thought I’d mention- this isn’t exactly nut free though because you use peanut butter ;)
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    • Lauren February 1, 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

      They’re actually a legume! Weird, since ‘nut’ is in its name! :)

  2. sherry February 1, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

    Nut free? Did you mean to use sunflower seed butter, instead — to make it nut free? :)

    • Lauren February 1, 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

      No, peanuts are actually a legume. :)

      • sherry February 1, 2013 at 8:49 am Reply

        Doh! OK, thanks!!

        • sherry February 1, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply

          Sorry about my avatar — I didn’t design that — just noticed it … not sure how it got there.

  3. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 1, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

    I agree that good granola needs to have oats as the star of the show! Like you, I rarely add dried fruit (and if I did, it was raisins). I did make a vanilla almond granola, that included some almond slivers, and another time I added small walnut pieces to a cinnamon based granola. Your peanut butter granola sounds like something my husband would love! He’s a huge PB fan. :)
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  4. Julie Moore February 1, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply

    Oh, that looks so good! Gonna make some for the fam! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. jenny February 1, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply

    can you use honey instead of maple? would it still be 1/4 cup???

    • Lauren February 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm Reply

      Hi Jenny, yes 1/4 cup of any liquid sweetener should work fine! :)

  6. Lou February 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Sounds great! I know peanuts are really legumes, but I think the majority of people would still think they are a nut…. I know when schools are “nut free” peanuts are the worst offenders!
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  7. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Umm this looks amazing!
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    • Lauren February 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm Reply

      Thanks Matt! This would be a good snack for you to take to work. :-)

  8. Katherine Natalia @ Green Thickies February 8, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    This looks amazing and I adore peanut butter. I’ve bookmarked this to try this recipe when I finally get around to making granola again. Yum! This was one of the most popular posts on Health Vegan Fridays last week! http://www.greenthickies.com/healthy-vegan-friday-29
    Have a great weekend and I hope to see you back today, Katherine :)
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  9. Shannon February 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm Reply

    If you have a nut allergy you can use an alternative like Sunbutter. Legume or not, this recipe still contains nuts if you have a nut allergy. Please be informed if you are going to use a title containing “Nut Free.”
    Thanks so much,
    Every mom struggling to keep her babies safe.

    • Lauren February 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply

      Hi Shannon,

      I’m not entirely sure what you mean when you say that the recipe still contains nuts. A legume is not a nut. Peanuts actually grow underground, as opposed to trees like nuts. They are in the same family as peas and lentils. I am well aware that many children are allergic to peanuts, but this recipe is ‘nut-free’ not allergy-free. As a mother myself who has children with severe food allergies, I have to read labels AND titles to keep my kids healthy and safe. Please take personal responsibility with the food you provide/make your children.

  10. Lindsey F April 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm Reply

    I’ve made this recipe about a 1,000 times in the last year. I usually add dried black currants (1/4 cup), chopped UNSALTED peanuts (about another 1/4 cup), and a 1/4 teaspoon of coarse sea salt. The bites of salty goodness are SO GOOD in this recipe. Just wanted to thank you for this great recipe! It has made my tummy very happy.

    • Lauren April 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm Reply

      Haha, that’s awesome Lindsey, thanks for the comment! :-D

  11. Niv August 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm Reply

    I made this today after pinning it a few months ago because it sounded so good and it did not disappoint! Delicious. I have to admit I made it more sinful by adding mini vegan chocolate chips at the end after it cooled. I didn’t realize it was SO easy to make granola. Other recipes have a lot of ingredients or go into detail about how to get the “clumps” that I love. Your recipe was easy and more importantly, delicious! I will make this over and over again!

    • Lauren August 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm Reply

      Hi Niv,

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the granola, and I love your idea of adding chocolate chips. :-)

  12. Rebecca August 21, 2014 at 5:22 am Reply

    My sister is also a firefighter and I made this for her crew today! They all loved it and ate it instead of the usually unhealthy snacks! Thanks again Lauren
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    • Lauren August 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm Reply

      That’s awesome Rebecca, I’m so happy that they all enjoyed it! :-)

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