I feel pretty strongly about giving my kids a healthy breakfast that will keep them full longer than it takes me to do the dishes. We eat a lot of oatmeal, but when my kids get tired of that, I bring out the Granola. It’s basically the crunchy, delicious version of oatmeal, and my kid are huge fans.
I’ve tried a lot of granola recipes over the years, but so many of them call for large amounts of sugar and oils which I like to avoid. This recipe is wonderful because there is not added oil, and it is sugar free. The only oil involved is the kind naturally occurring in peanut butter. I also use honey as the sweetener instead of sugar which gives it a wonderful flavor and keeps it natural and healthy.
Basically this recipe is a breakfast you can feel good about giving your kids, and they might just make it till lunch time before complaining of starvation.
Peanut Butter and Honey Granola
- 4 Cups of Rolled Oats
- 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 1/4 Water
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts (Optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey and water. Stir over medium heat until melted to a liquid form.
Pour the mixture over the oats and stir until combined. Add the nuts, then pour the entire mixture onto a large baking sheet. Spread the mixture out across the pan. There should be clumps, so don’t spread it completely flat.
Bake for 15 minutes. Then take the pan out and stir the granola. Re-spread it across the baking sheet, and place it in the oven for another 10 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let it cool. Then store and enjoy.
We love topping the granola with chunks of fresh banana or a handful of raisins. My kids also enjoy using the granola as a layer in a fruit and yogurt parfait. Sometimes we even use it as a bit of crunch on top of an ice cream sundae.
However your family chooses to use it, I hope you enjoy this sugar free granola recipe, and have a wonderful summer.