Peanut Butter Granola

Breakfast, Meatless / Saturday, November 7th, 2009


OK, I have two incredibly important questions for you tonight:

1. How do you pronounce granola? Do you say gruh-NO-luh or GRAY-NO-luh?

2. And, what would you add to this Peanut Butter Granola recipe? It has oats, wheat germ, coconut, honey, vanilla, crunchy peanut butter and raisins. It’s loaded with good stuff. But it seems like something’s missing. Brown sugar? Chocolate? Krispy Kremes? Help a woman out.

UPDATE! I took your advice and changed the original recipe. Here’s our revision:

Peanut Butter Granola

Adapted from James and Miriam Brenneman (via “A Taste of Shiloh”)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup sweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, peanuts, wheat germ, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the applesauce, peanut butter and honey, and microwave for about 30 seconds, until you can stir the peanut butter into the mixture. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
  5. Spread the mixture on a large baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  6. Once the mixture cools, add raisins.

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26 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Granola

  1. Definitely gruh-NO-luh.

    I think I would use dried sweetened sour cherries, perhaps instead of the raisins, to get a sort of PB&J effect going.

    Anyway, this sounds amazing; I'm definitely going to try it out.

  2. Gray-no-luh? That's a first for me. Is that a southern pronunciation, perhaps? By the way- I love reading your posts on southern recipes. More of them, please!

  3. Looks good, it is just missing… oomph. I would add chopped dried bananas, maybe some dried fruit like canteloupe, cranberries, strawberries or the such. The point is to add some interest and nutrients to your already great recipe.

  4. I would add just a little bit of brown sugar and some sunflower seeds or nuts to this gruh-NO-luh. Love the idea of peanut butter in it!

  5. I say gruh-No-luh. I wouldn't add anything else to the recipe — which sounds delicious — but like all cereals, I would eat it with milk and banana slices.

  6. Being British I'd say Muesli at home, but here in the States I'd go with option A. I can see Option B as being logical because it would be "Grain-Ola", but it feels a bit clunky to say that. My extra ingredients would be dried bananas chips, or chopped dates, or, maybe, chocolate covered coffee beans.

  7. gruh-no-la
    Giada had a peanut butter granola bar recipe recently on her show. She added mini chocolate chips, which would probably be really good in yours. I'd also add a bit of brown sugar and butter instead of vegetable oil.

  8. Another gruh-NO-luh person here! I don't think I would add a thing, except maybe dried cranberries (my November love).

    This looks so good, I'm going to pick up a couple of the ingredients that I am missing and make it!

  9. I`ve made granola. but never with PB. It looks delicious! I never make granola anymore because I can easily finish an entire batch. It might be `healthier` but still.

  10. Dude who says gray? It's GRUH. I feel like I should pound my fist or stomp for emphasis. Me Jane! You Gruh-no-lah. *pounding chest, making monkey noises* PS- I'd be more inclined to add some pumpkin seeds (I'm kinda obsessed right now) and/or some color – maybe some craisins.

  11. I usually use maple syrup and brown sugar in my granola, and I add some salt to make the flavor more interesting (although depending on your peanut butter it may be salty enough). Craisins or dried cherries would also be yummy.

  12. Gruh-NO-lah, definitely.
    And I would add nuts for some crunch – cashews or almonds, to mix with the peanuty goodness. And sub a different squishy-dried fruit for the raisins, but that's just a personal preference.

  13. I just made this but left out the coconut (didn't have any), and used molasses and dried cranberries for the honey and raisins. The molasses gave it a little bit of spice, which I think might've been missing from the original recipe. Either way, I'm going to have a hard time keeping this stuff in my cabinets, methinks!

  14. I would add sunflower seeds and dried apple slices, cut into chunks. Dried apples are AMAZING in homemade GRUH-NO-LA bars… :)

  15. For that amount of oats you could definitely amp up the vanilla, perhaps 1-2 teaspoons total, and think about doubling the sweetener, whichever you choose to use. Then, as others have suggested, throw in about 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped peanuts or some other nut.

    Yes, all this increases the caloric/fat content but remember breakfast is the "most important meal of the day." Oh, and I always have a piece of fresh fruit with my grah-NO-la, generally served with either unsweetened almond or soy milk.

    Hey, it was lovely for you to ask others to chime in on your recipe. For me, with that simple invitation, “help a woman out,” you turned an outstanding food blog into something very rare and precious: a real community. Thank you. You are delightful, and I'll be checking in again, soon.

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