Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

by Kelli on September 16, 2014

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Peanut Board for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

This Peanut Butter Granola. Where do I even start?

There are chunks upon chunks. Clusters upon clusters. This granola is a peanut butter lovers dream. Oh, and for bonus points, it’s totally nutritious…as in, no oil and no refined sugar.

Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

I made this granola last weekend before I took off for the Poconos and my last triathlon of the season. It was part day-before-the-race-nutritious-breakfast, part post-race-breakfasty-treat and part breakfast for the week.

As far as post-race snacking goes, I earned this one.

Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

Sunday’s triathlon wasn’t my fastest race ever, but it was definitely one of my strongest races. It was one of those days were everything just lined up, I felt really focused and it all felt so fun.

On race morning the temperature was somewhere just south of the 50 degree mark. Definitely chilly for my taste. But at least the water temperature in the lake was warm…silver lining. When I came out of the water when I could see my breath in the air, my hands were so cold I couldn’t grip my water bottle until almost halfway through the bike and I couldn’t feel my feet until a mile into the run.

Pretty sure I’m not selling you on triathlon right now. But really, I swear it was great.

The thing is, racing in this kind of weather is kind of my sweet spot. And ironically there are few things I hate more in life than being cold.

Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

Since September is Better Breakfast Month, it’s time for a breakfast upgrade. And by upgrade I mean Peanut Butter for Breakfast!

Mornings are totally hectic, I get it. But that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice good nutrition or a tasty breakfast. Enter peanut butter…nutritious and super versatile! It’s also packed with fiber, proten and good fats.

Fun fact…90% of Ameican pantries have at least one jar of peanut butter. I have 3. In my morning rush, this definitely helps make a good breakfast quick and convenient.

Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

Here’s what you’ll find in this super chunky granola…whole oats, natural peanut butter and honey. No oil, no butter and no refined sugar! Whether you spoon it over a bowl of yogurt, eat it with milk or eat it straight from the jar, this chunky Peanut Butter Granola is a legit and nutritious breakfast. And an even more delicious afternoon snack.

Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Makes approximately 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats (NOT quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

In a large bowl add the oats, flax seed, sat and cinnamon, and mix together.

Add the peanut butter and honey in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until soft and blended, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Pour the peanut butter and honey mixture over the oats. Stir until the oats are fully coated.

Spread the wet oats over a rimmed, parchment-lined large baking sheet, in an even layer. Bake on the upper rack of the oven for 45 minutes, stirring twice during cooking.

Remove from the oven and cool fully. Break up the clusters if you like, or leave the granola chunky. Store in an airtight container.

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