If you are a true peanut butter lover, then you will enjoy everything about this granola! I combined several forms of peanuts to create the ultimate nutty sensation! Enjoy this crunchy treat on top of fresh homemade yogurt, a sweet smoothie or as a quick snack just on its own!
Although peanuts are thought of as a greatly over-processed food, the raw form of this delicious nut contains some surprising health benefits! A wide variety of essential nutrients are packed into this little superfood including potassium, copper, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E and vitamin B6. The protein and fiber in peanuts helps to encourage a healthy weight, while the antioxidants help protect against colon, prostate and breast cancer. A lot goes into this little nut, peanuts are thought to have been cultivated as long ago as 950 B.C. by the Incas! Even though peanuts seem to be alike any other nut, they are really classified as a legume, or a member of the bean family, since they grow underground.
Puffed rice has increased in popularity over the past few years not only in cereal, but also in cooking! This special form of rice can add bulk and texture to almost any granola! With three times the protein and eight times the fiber of commercially made sugary cereals, this healthy grain will help keep you full and satisfied.
I enjoy including coconut flakes in my granola to help cut back on the carbs and also add a bit of texture balance. When toasted, coconut flakes greatly resemble oats and can be tossed into anything from smoothies to warm porridge. Unlike shredded coconut, coconut flakes are much larger and easier work with when toasting. Just alike other coconut products, these naturally sweet treats are relatively low in carbs yet high in healthy fats, which makes it an ideal energy booster!
Peanut Butter Power Granola
1 cup GF rolled oats
2 rice cakes (broken up)
1 cup puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup flaked coconut chips
1/3 cup organic peanut butter or my simple homemade peanut butter
1/4 cup roasted peanuts
2 tbs peanut butter powder (PB2)
1/2 cup applesauce or mashed banana
1/4 cup almond milk (or more if needed)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tbs sesame seeds
2 tbs hemp seeds
2 tbs chia seeds
Pre-heat the oven to 350F degrees.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl and toss to combine. Next, whisk together all the wet ingredients and add the them to the dry mixture. Gently mix to combine while making sure it is fully incorporated (add more almond milk if needed here).
Spread the granola out on a parchment covered baking tray and roast for about 45 minutes. Be sure to check on the granola and stir it about every 15 minutes to prevent burning! Enjoy!
*If you do not like peanuts try using almond butter and chopped almonds instead of peanuts!
*If you like your granola a little sweeter, try adding about 1/4 cup raw honey.