Friday, October 25, 2013

Crafty Christmas: Peanut Butter Granola

Christmas Countdown: Christmas is just 8 weeks away!

I'm a huge fan of food gifts for the holidays, but I think we can all agree that giving cookies is generic. So many of your gift recipients may be getting cookies that they may have to give them away so they don't go to waste! That's why I love unique food gifts. This peanut butter granola totally fits the bill, plus read through to the end to discover another alternative to using and gifting granola!

Here's what you need to make homemade peanut butter granola:

  • 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oats
Here's how you make it:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray {I use olive oil in a spray mister thing}.
  3. Combine peanut butter and honey in bowl; microwave until peanut butter is melted which is about 30 seconds for me. Stir.
  4. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Then, stir in oats. Make sure oats are all covered in honey mixture.
  5. Spread oat mixture on cookie sheet; cook for 7 - 8 minutes.
  6. Let cool on wax paper.

Last Christmas season, I made several batches of granola. I made each batch separately but consecutively, using a clean bowl each time. Five batches makes enough for 4 half pint jars, 2 pint jars and some left over. One batch makes enough for 1 half pint jar filled plus some left over.

If the person you're making granola for isn't a huge fan of yogurt {or maybe you're making this for yourself and thinking, "What am I going to use this for?"}, have no fear! Here's a fantastic alternative for your granola - trail mix! Here's what you need:
  • 1 batch of peanut butter granola
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup raisins

Doesn't this look yummy? I can almost guarantee that no one else will be giving granola to those on your gift list. Happy crafting!

P.S. The original recipe can be found here.

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