Maple Spice Peanut Butter Granola

Hey guys, Happy Monday and Happy Thanksgiving week!  Raise your hand if you’re in favor of three-day work weeks year-round 🙂  :raises hand high:

Any big Thanksgiving plans?  Actually, any big Thanksgiving recipe plans?  Share ’em if you’ve got ’em!  I’m still trying to think of some interesting things to make, so I need some inspiration…

Complete change of subject, but, let’s talk peanut butter.  I love it.  I’m pretty sure I can’t go a day without it, actually.  I’ve tried other nut butters out there — almond, cashew, even sunflower seed, but if you ask me, nothing compares to good old peanut butter.

Did you know November is National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month?  That’s right, a whole month dedicated to peanut butter.  When the National Peanut Board asked if I’d like to do a guest blog post to celebrate the occasion, I jumped at the opportunity.  I also told them they really should think about making every month national PB lovers’ month, but we’ll have to wait and see about that.

A guest blog post wouldn’t be anything without a recipe, right?  So I baked a batch of maple spice peanut butter granola to share with all the peanut butter lovers out there.  It’s perfect for this time of year — warm spices with a hint of maple flavor.  And none of that granola flakes business, but lots of big granola chunks instead.  I recommend it with yogurt or on top of oatmeal.  Or just by the handful because let’s face it, a handful of granola is like lettuce during the holiday season… no calorie left behind.

[print_this]Maple Spice Peanut Butter Granola

Nutty, spiced crunchy granola subtly sweetened by maple syrup.  

Makes about 2 1/4 cups

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup smooth (or crunchy) peanut butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup light maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a small mixing bowl, stir the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir in the melted peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla until mixed well.  Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp and light golden brown.  Cool completely before storing the granola in an airtight container.[/print_this]
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