136.8…Homemade Granola & Peanut Butter
Yesterday I made two things I’ve surprisingly NEVER made before: granola AND peanut butter. Can you believe that!?!
So glad I made it! It was so simple and the house smelled amazing while it was all baking in the oven.
Apple Agave Granola
Recipe from: A Fit and Spicy Life
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl mix the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, apple pie spice, salt and raisins.
Over low heat combine apple sauce, agave and vegetable oil.
Combine with the oats until everything is coated well.
Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheets and bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
Let cool and store in a resealable container.
*Note: the only thing I didn’t have was the apple pie spice but here is any easy substitution: For every 1 tsp of apple pie spice: 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp cardamom.
I baked my granola for 50 minutes and it had started to burn so I’d just watch it at about the 45 minute mark. Even so, it is some serious delicious granola and I love that it’s not full of oil or other naughty ingredients. :)
Recently, my sister in law told me how easy it was to make peanut butter in the Vitamix. I took out my Vitamix cookbook and followed the instructions. In went 3 cups of unsalted, roasted peanuts and after some very loud blending, homemade peanut butter was born.
I was very proud of myself. :)
Last night’s dinner may not be as exciting as homemade granola and peanut butter but it was still good.
Whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce, sautéed zucchini, onions and green peppers all topped with some fresh basil.
So….while I was lying in bed last night, I could not decide what I was going to eat for breakfast this morning. Would it be the granola or the peanut butter???? Seriously…I must have gone back and forth on it several time. In the end, the granola won out.
Chobani Black Cherry yogurt with my beloved granola hiding under all those berries. Delicious.
I took the kids to school, went to spin class, came home to change and then went to the mall to run some errands. I stopped at Nordstrom for lunch. I tried the Chicken & Artichoke salad.
Holy yummy deliciousness. I was in love at the first bite. Romaine lettuce topped with marinated artichokes, tomatoes, red onion, chicken and goat cheese in a fabulous dressing. I need this salad again soon.
After picking up the kids from school, I knew exactly what I wanted for a snack. My peanut butter. :)
It went right onto apple slices. Loved it! I have a feeling I will be seeing my peanut butter again in the morning. :)
Have you ever made your own granola and/or peanut butter?