There’s two recipes in one blog post today. But since you can’t make one without the other – you get a two-fer day!
Watching my teenagers down an entire box of cold cereal in 2 days, caused me to re-evaluate breakfast.
We needed something that would be more filling – and more cost effective. It was time to dig out the granola recipes.
This one has become our new favorite. It’s perfect with some yogurt and sliced fruit. It does makes a bunch, but around here it goes fast!
10 cups oatmeal (I like to use the old-fashioned)
2 cups barley flakes (can just use more oatmeal)
2 cups coconut
2 cups peanuts
2 cups slivered almonds
2 cups sunflower seeds
3/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter
1-1/2 cup brown sugar or honey
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a saucepan and cook until dissolved.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix until everything is moistened.
Pour out on 2 large baking pans. Bake at 275 degrees until golden brown, about 20 minutes, stirring twice.
Now that you have your granola made – it’s time to take some of it and make our new favorite snack – granola bites.
I got the original recipe from my friend Jami at An Oregon Cottage. These little gems are not only packed with protein and whole grains – they taste great! They make the perfect snack for a teenager who can’t make it to the next meal!
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cup granola
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Mix the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla in a bowl. Add the granola and chocolate chips.
Refrigerate for 3o minutes before shaping into balls with a cookie scoop and rolling in more granola, chopped peanuts or coconut. (This helps take away some of the stickiness)
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can experiment with different nut butters and add dried fruit or different chips.