Just a quick post. I whipped up a batch of granola today for the kids…oh yeah and me. This is a really easy recipe. The kids love it and it can be altered pretty easily. This picture is of a batch I made in February. I didn’t have any chocolate chips on hand so I added plain M&M’s. I don’t think the kids will mind do you?
Banana Peanut Butter Granola (adapted from Annie-Eats)
3 1/2 c. rolled oats, not quick oats
2 1/2 c. puffed rice cereal, I used rice krispies
2 TBS honey
1/3 c applesauce *
1/3 c mashed bananas
1/3-1/2 c. creamy peanut butter, warmed slightly
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon **
Add-ins: any combo works well
1-1 1/2 c. dried banana chips
1/2 c honey rosted peanuts
3-4oz. bitter sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, or chocolate chips (any flavor) or M&M’s)
Preheat oven to 300°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat. In a large bowl combine oats and rice cereal. In a small bowl or 4 cup measuring cup, combine honey, applesauce, bananas, warmed peanut butter, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir mixture til smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Spread mix evenly onto baking sheets. Bake for 35-45 mins turning granola with a large spatula. Also rotate baking sheets and move the top sheet to bottom rack and visa versa, every 15 minutes or so. If edges of granola are becoming brown remove them and place baking sheet back into oven. Be careful not to burn. I’ve burnt almost a whole batch because I had forgotten to set the timer. Not good. Makes the house stink. Place baking sheet onto cooling rack. Once granola is cooled add in the goodies.
I separate granola into snack sized ziplock bags so that they are ready for snacking or yogurt. Enjoy.
* a single serving size of applesauce snack pack is about 1/3 cup.
** omit cinnamon if you use cinnamon flavored applesauce.