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Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut butter granola

Peanut Butter Granola with rolled oats, wheat germ, creamy peanut butter, light brown sugar and raisins make a delightful granola.

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1-1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/3 cup dark raisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 300-degrees. In a medium bowl, combine oats and wheat germ. Place peanut butter and brown sugar in a microwave-safe dish. Mix well. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, until warm. Stir again. Pour peanut butter mixture over the cereal and toss to evenly coat. Stir in raisins. Spread evenly in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once.

Cool before serving to eat out of hand. Store any leftover granola in self-sealing plastic bags with eat within two days.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition information per serving:
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories:  345; Total Fat:  14g; Saturated Fat: 2.9g; Carbohydrates: 46g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 104mg; Fiber: 7g; Protein: 14g
Calories from fat:  34 percent
Exchanges:  1/2 carbohydrate, 3 fat

Blender Peanut Butter

Making your own peanut butter is healthier and very budget friendly. Try this recipe that uses just a simple blender and shelled peanuts.

1 cup roasted shelled peanuts
1-1/2 teaspoons peanut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit salt if salted peanuts are used)

Place ingredients in blender. With the lid secured, blend until mixture becomes paste-like or spreadable (3 to 4 minutes). If necessary, stop the machine and use a rubber spatula to scrape mixture from the sides of the container back into contact with the blade. Continue blending until desired consistency is reached.

For crunchy peanut butter, stir in 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts after the blending is completed. Store in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator. Oil may rise to the top. If this occurs, stir before using. Yields 1/2 cup creamy or 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter.

Tasty Tidbit

Go out of the ordinary with your own homemade sweet nut butter spread made with chia seeds. This is perfect for topping the tortillas, quick sandwiches, graham cracker treats, or topping apple slices. Here's how: Combine 1/2 cup nut butter of your choice (almond, cashew, sunflower, sesame seed, peanut) and 1/4 cup of your favorite syrup (maple, fruit) with 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Mix thoroughly. This keeps in the refrigerator in a tightly closed jar for two weeks.

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