Peanut Butter Granola

I am hooked.  I started a new book Sunday: Sarah’s Key.  Have you read it?  I have heard so many good things about this book.   
 
I think it took about 15.2 seconds to get me hooked.  I don’t want to do anything but read.  Like right now, I’m writing this post but I’m thinking about when I’m going to have a minute to pick up my book again. 
 
Maybe after this post is complete, I’ll make this granola and read all day.  If only that were truly going to happen.  A girl can dream, right?! 
 
As I was getting out of bed Monday morning to head to the gym, I was contemplating how I could do this workout and read at the same time.  Obviously I would have ended up flying off the back of the treadmill which would have been a great time for everyone witnessing it but probably not a great time for me.  So I stuck to my iPod instead.  I guess I’ll get to read tonight.
 
By the way, granola = great reading snack.  This one, especially.  The texture is perfect, it’s not too sweet, it makes a pretty small batch and as far as granola goes, it’s fairly healthy!
 
Peanut Butter Granola Recipe
Recipe and workout adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers
 
Ingredients:
2 Tbs. creamy peanut butter
2 Tbs. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats (any kind will work but I love the texture of the old-fashioned oats)
2 Tbs. walnuts, almonds or pecans (optional, I actually just prefer to sprinkle them on top after it’s baked.)
 
Prep:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a small baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the peanut butter and honey for 15 seconds.  Stir well.  Add vanilla, cinnamon and salt and mix well.  Stir in the oats and mix until covered with the peanut butter mixture.
 
Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes.  Your nose will let you know when the granola is done.  It will begin to turn golden brown.
 
Remove from the oven and let sit in the baking dish for about 10 minutes to allow the granola to become crispy.  Serve with fresh fruit, yogurt, nuts, etc. 
 
I like to separate this into four separate containers so that it’s ready to go throughout the week and is pre-portion-controlled!

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