Crispy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola

Crispy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola // Coffee & Quinoa

We are on a biiiit of a granola kick lately. First there was my Quinoa Crunch Granola, then there were the MixMyOwn custom mixes I mentioned yesterday, and now this delicious Crispy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola. What can I say? When I find a breakfast that my non-breakfast-eating boyfriend adores, I will knock myself out trying new combinations.

My lovely mother had the pleasure of developing this recipe with me in her kitchen, where I am definitely not used to cooking. Is it just me, or is cooking in an unfamiliar kitchen always a recipe for disaster? Not knowing where everything is makes me so frazzled. We added, we mixed, we tasted, we added and mixed and tasted some more, and still weren’t quite happy with the results… and then I burned two batches. Whyyyy. Somehow 30 minutes seemed like a totally acceptable amount of time to bake the granola without checking on it. Hmm. As you can see by the 15-minute cooking time in the recipe below, that was definitely not the case.

Crispy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola // Coffee & Quinoa

Back at home in Salt Lake, my kitchen is still somewhat unfamiliar, too, as we have yet to spend a weekend in our new apartment. The counter space, small to begin with, is still covered with dishes I haven’t found a place for yet, and all my dry goods (ahem, everything used to make granola) are in bins on the floor. Sigh. I am determined to get my kitchen ship-shape this weekend!

So yes, even during a third trial of this recipe at home, I was feeling frazzled. Luckily I kept my wits about me enough to try the addition of Rice Krispies – the ingredient that ended up totally making the recipe! They lighten up what is otherwise a very dense granola – mostly peanut butter and oats – and add a great crunchy texture. I will say that I’m not usually a fan of Rice Krispies in granola… I feel like they’re just a filler that is cheating me out of the other good stuff in there! But here, because everything is coated in a layer of gooey peanut butter and honey, that is definitely not the case. The peanut butter-drenched Rice Krispies stay a little chewy even after they’re baked, making this into a cross between granola and puppy chow, texture-wise. And the taste – yum. Peanut butter and honey is one of my favorite combinations (I eat it on my oatmeal practically every day!), and it provides the perfect balance of salty and sweet for this granola. You have to try it! It is totally addicting for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert.

Crispy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola // Coffee & Quinoa

Well, based on this post, you can tell I have exciting plans for the weekend… a whole lotta apartment organization! And hopefully becoming less frazzled in my own kitchen and creating some yummy new recipes for you. I hope you have more exciting (or more relaxing) plans! Have a great weekend, everyone.

Crispy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola // Coffee & Quinoa

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Crispy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola
 
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Yields: about 6 cups granola
Ingredients
Dry ingredients:
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt (plus or minus depending on the pb you use and personal preference)
Wet ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 6 Tbsp (1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp) honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (oats through salt).
  3. Microwave the peanut butter and honey together until warm (30-60 seconds). Add vanilla and stir together. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  5. Serve with milk, atop yogurt, or any way you'd like! Enjoy.

 

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{ 12 comments }

  • Julia September 20, 2013, 10:46 am

    Crispity crunchity butterfingery….okay, I lost myself for a second there. Wow, this granola looks amazing! I love the PB&H combo…home run, sister, home run!

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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl September 20, 2013, 11:39 am

    I LOVE that this is made with rice cereal!! Awesome idea :).

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  • Phoenix September 20, 2013, 12:48 pm

    Do you happen to have a calorie break down for this recipe?

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    • Erica September 20, 2013, 1:34 pm

      Hi Phoenix, a half cup serving of this is about 275 calories.

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  • dishing up the dirt September 20, 2013, 2:53 pm

    I love everything about this granola recipe! I’m with ya on cooking in someone else’s kitchen. I get totally frazzled too. At least it all finally came together!

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  • MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven September 21, 2013, 10:17 am

    I’ve made my own granola quite a few times now, but would’ve never thought of adding peanut butter! I’m really curious as to how this’ll turn out – and whether I can add raisins to it.. because what’s a granola without dried fruits?!

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    • Erica September 21, 2013, 1:16 pm

      You can certainly add raisins! Sounds good to me :) Hope you’ll love it with the peanut butter!

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  • Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) September 23, 2013, 5:15 am

    this looks fantastic (as do all of your recipes)- definitely pinning this one :)

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  • Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens September 23, 2013, 10:02 pm

    I’ve been making tons of granola lately – but I’m loving the addition of granola! Never thought of that – genius!! Mmmmm! And the crunchy texture is so smart.
    My cousin used to eat peanut butter and honey sandwich every single day for lunch! He loves that combo, too! :)

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  • Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) September 26, 2013, 7:24 am

    You know my weakness! Can’t wait!

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    • Erica September 26, 2013, 9:56 am

      My weakness, too – one of many! Enjoy :)

      Reply

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