Granola for a Sunday afternoon

It is another grey and dreary spring afternoon here and I like to take this opportunity while I am sequestered to the indoors to make some granola for the week.  This granola recipe is very simple and you really can add other stuff to make it more to your taste.  Enjoy it on top of yogurt, on applesauce, or top off your morning oatmeal with it.  I bring it in a small plastic container for a mid morning snack at my desk at work.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup of peanut butter, crunchy or smooth.  I like the natural pb but you can use whatever you like.

1 tbsp almond butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cup oats.  Just use regular oats, not the quick ones.  I use the gluten free ones, just because I have to here at my house, but regular oats are just fine if gluten isn’t an issue.

1/2 cup almonds, raw

1/2 cup walnut

1/2 cup sunflower seeds, not roasted

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup of chocolate chips

Method:

  1. In a small pot, put the peanut butter, almond butter, vanilla and maple syrup on low.
  2. Heat up the mixture until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl add in the oats and nuts and cinnamon. Mix.
  4. Pour the heated peanut butter mix on the oats and stir until coated.
  5. Put onto a cookie sheet with parchment into a 350F oven
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir.
  7. Bake another 15 minutes and take out and stir.
  8. Let cool before adding in the chocolate chips.
  9. You can also add raisins or any dried fruit but wait until the end.
  10. Store in a dry, air tight container.

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