Peanut Butter Granola.
October 1, 2010 § 6 Comments
NOW while we all know that NB is American, what you might not know is that Americans are rather fanatical about their cereal, even more so than here at the Strawberry Patch. It’s somewhat of a boasting point you might say.
While NB has been thrilled with the discovery of Weet Bix during his Aussie adventures the basic understanding is that Australian cereal is both inadequate in range and incomparable in taste. This is why we have started having our Cheerios shipped from the US.
However, it wasn’t until this morning when I was reading the Wayfaring Chocolate Blog that my mind connected muesli and America. To me, US cereals had to be in a brightly coloured boxes labelled with the word pop or krispies and sporting an overly cheerful looking animal. But to an American, muesli isn’t muesli, it’s granola – that sugar-laden, buttered, toasted, should be dessert and is too delicious for its own good ‘muesli’ (probably in a brightly coloured box with a sickeningly cute bumble-bee).
Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey and sometimes rice that is baked until crispy.
You may notice that this Wikipedia definition made no mention of sesame seeds, pepitas, rice bran, goji berries, LSA, almonds, millet or buckwheat. And this is why NB really really dislikes my most recent ‘bird-seed-muesli’ addiction.
What NB also hates is Vegemite. And beetroot (there’s a whole other post right there), but what he LOVES is peanut butter. And according to Hannah at Wayfaring Chocolate so do a lot of Americans, which was the impetus behind her recipe for peanut butter granola – a deliciously wicked, dangerously addictive, mind-boggling guilty creation. As I happened to be in the kitchen baking a batch of The Divine Biscuit I thought it made sense to toss some granola in the oven at the same time. I shouldn’t have. But I’m so glad I did…..now let’s just wait to see if there’s any left before NB gets home!
Peanut Butter Granola
Adapted From Wayfaring Chocolate I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand but if you have oats, PB and honey you’re pretty much set!
Preheat oven to 160°C, and line a baking tray or pizza pan with baking paper. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1/4 almond meal, and 1/4 cup rice bran.
In a microwaveable bowl melt 1/4-1/3 cup peanut butter and 3+ tablespoons honey or agave nectar or golden syrup (note: watch this, 30 secs should do and and 1 minute will leave you with a boiled, sticky mess!) Add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste).
Stir into dry mix, if it’s too stiff add more heated honey with a touch of melted butter. Scrunch some bits together into clumps of goodness.
Spread out onto baking tray and bake for 15 or so minutes, stirring halfway so the outside bits don’t burn.
Hannah’s last suggestion:
“Try not to eat the entire batch straight off the tray as it cools. Though no judgement from my end if you do. In fact, I’ll probably respect you more…”
Blushing Strawberries also recommends not leaving your granola under a tea-towel all day because when you get home and any last vestige of will-power has shriveled-up-and-died you will find yourself in the kitchen and shaking your head in wonder that you are having a bowl of peanut butter granola at 6pm before dinner.
I think those American’s are on to something after all!