Do you have any special talents? Doing the splits, reciting famous speeches, knotting a cherry stem in your mouth? I didn’t think I did until recently, when I realized that I have a knack for taking something healthy and turning into something very unhealthy. Like, gosh – that broccoli would be great served steamed with a squeeze of lemon. But it would be even GREATER roasted with bacon and served with an egg on top. Or, hello apple. You are the perfect food on your own. But you would be soooo delicious baked up in a sugary cake! And boom – I can Paula Dean any semblance of nutrition out of that meal.
This granola recipe is pretty much the same. I love granola. Such a great thing, with all of the nutritious grains and seeds and what not. Why not immediately turn it into junk food by adding peanut butter, toasted coconut, and chocolate-covered cocoa nibs to it?
With this recipe I encourage you to play around with some options. I think dried bananas could be amazing. I’ve used almond butter in place of peanut butter and totally loved it. You get the idea. Just make sure that by the time you are done with it it’s totally bad for you. It’s a talent, my friends – it must be nurtured.
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup honey
⅓ cup canola oil
8 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup toasted chopped almonds
1 cup roasted coconut chips (found at Trader Joe’s)
½ cup chocolate covered cocoa nibs (also found at TJ’s)
Preheat oven to 350º.
- In a large pot combine the peanut butter, honey and canola oil over medium heat. Heat just until everything melts together.
- Add oats. Stir until oats are thoroughly covered in peanut butter mixture.
- Take one half of the batch and spread on a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes and be sure to give it a stir every few minutes. Granola will scorch if you don’t keep an eye on it.
- Once it is golden, take it out of the oven. Even if it feels a wee bit tacky, it will continue to dry out after you take it out of the oven. Stir it every 20 minutes or so as it’s drying.
- Repeat the process with the second half of the batch.
- Store in a tightly sealed jar or plastic container.