Cookie Butter Granola

Crunchy cookie butter cluster granola. Add white chocolate chips into the mix and you’ve got yourself one sweet breakfast or snack ready to go!

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great Christmas! It’s now officially 2017, let’s see how quickly this year goes. I swear 2016 went by in a flash, last year was a brilliant and memorable year for me, I’m now looking forward to see what 2017 has in store and I hope you carrying on enjoying the recipes I’m going to be sharing with you.

For my first recipe of 2017, I reviewed some of the more popular and favoured recipes from last year and I decided as you liked those I would share a few that were similar to the popular choices. The thing that surprised me most of all was that a selection of my savoury recipes have been just as liked as my sweet recipes, so I am hoping this year to branch out and share many more favourite savoury foods of mine and my family as well.

Only a few months ago I shared a delicious peanut butter granola. With big, crunchy clusters, just the right mix of salty ‘n’ sweet flavour and best of all a convenient recipe that took no time at all to bake and prepare were just a few reasons why that granola was on my list to be recreated. I’ve already had a handful of readers send me lovely emails and messages telling me they have enjoyed that recipe and frequently make it. Because that granola was a hit I’ve used the same recipe but this time I switched the peanut butter for cookie butter spread and it turned out to be a success!

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The granola has the same amazing crunchy texture with a cookie butter undertone to each mouthful. I simply cannot resist eating this granola when it’s to hand but I’ve also tried it with milk and yoghurt on different occasions and it was just as good.

I chose to add white chocolate chips as I pretty much like to do with all the granola I make. But adding the chocolate is really up to you whether you want to add it or not. I wouldn’t be able to say no to the idea of chocolate and homemade cookie butter granola, could you?

Ingredients:

150g (1 and 1/2 cups) rolled oats

90g (1/4 cup) honey

65g (1/4 cup) cookie butter spread

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C / 150 Fan / 325°F / Gas Mark 3. Line a large baking tray/sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Add the oats to a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan add the honey, cookie butter spread and vanilla. Heat gently and stir until completely melted – don’t let it boil.
  3. Add the melted cookie butter mixture to the oats and stir until all of the oats are well coated.
  4. Spread the granola out onto the lined baking tray/sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes (stirring every 5 minutes) until golden and toasted. Watch the granola carefully as it burns easily.
  5. Once the granola is baked allow it to cool, as it cools it will harden and get crisp. Store granola in an airtight container. Chocolate chips can be added at this point, see my recipe notes below for further instructions.

Recipe Notes:

  • Cookie butter is a spread similar to peanut butter in consistency. It’s made from crushed speculoos biscuits which are flavoured with spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
  • Substitute the honey for agave nectar or maple syrup to make this granola suitable for vegans. The brand of cookie butter I used for this recipe was suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
  • Adding chocolate chips to the baked and cooled granola is optional. I don’t usually add them until I am serving the granola and I tend to add just a small handful to each serving.
  • This granola will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. I prefer not to keep granola any longer than this length of time because I find it tastes better when it’s fresh, therefore this smaller batch is just the right quantity for me.

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Enjoy!

jess

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Peanut Butter Granola

Four ingredient peanut butter granola. Packed with crunchy clusters and the perfect mix of sweet ‘n’ salty flavour! 

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If you’re anything like me and completely obsessed with all things peanut butter then you’re in for a treat with this granola.

This recipe came about when I was bored one evening, it was one of those rare nights when there was nothing on TV that I was interested in watching and like most food bloggers all I could think of was what crazy new recipe I needed to make ASAP. I’m sure other food bloggers know what I’m talking about?

I’m the sort of person as soon as they think of a new recipe idea they HAVE to try it out and see what the result is. In this case, I headed straight for the kitchen that same evening and starting to whip up a batch of the most incredible peanut butter granola.

Next came the hardest part, waiting for the granola to bake and then enduring the difficult task of resisting eating the entire tray before breakfast.

This granola couldn’t be any easier to prepare. Grab a mixing bowl and add the oats. In a small saucepan gently melt together the peanut butter (crunchy or smooth), honey and a teaspoon of vanilla. That’s all it requires, four simple ingredients and just a couple of minutes of prep time and your oven will do the rest of the work!

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I like that this recipe only makes a smaller portion of granola. A batch of homemade granola is never safe in my house as I can very easily munch on it all day long and before I know it’s all been eaten!

This granola makes a brilliant brekkie sprinkled over a bit of Greek yoghurt or served with milk. The list of topping choices is endless, you could go for some banana slices, fresh berries or even roasted peanuts. The best part is if you’re planning to serve it with milk is the granola will still remain really crunchy and won’t go all mushy and soft.

Before I forget, I like to sprinkle some dark chocolate chips into my serving of granola. Also, if you’re lucky enough to get peanut butter chips where you live why not add a few of those to the mix?

If you love peanut butter, try this granola. It’s the absolute best and madly addicting.

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Ingredients:

150g (1 and 1/2 cups) jumbo rolled oats

90g (1/4 cup) honey

65g (1/4 cup) crunchy or smooth peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C / 150 Fan / 325°F / Gas Mark 3. Line a large baking tray/sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Add the oats to a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan add the honey, peanut butter and vanilla. Heat gently and stir until completely melted – don’t let it boil.
  3. Add the melted peanut butter mixture to the oats and stir until all of the oats are well coated.
  4. Spread the granola out onto the lined baking tray/sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes (stirring every 5 minutes) until golden and toasted. Watch the granola carefully as it burns easily.
  5. Once the granola is baked allow it to cool, as it cools it will harden and get crisp. Store granola in an airtight container.

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Enjoy!

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Maple Pecan Granola

Sweet and crunchy maple pecan granola. Better than store bought, this granola makes a great breakfast or healthy snack. 

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If you’ve never made your own granola, then this is a brilliant recipe to try. Making homemade granola couldn’t be more easy! I really enjoy baking my own completely from scratch, it makes a great affordable and healthy breakfast and when you make it yourself, the real bonus is you know exactly what ingredients have gone into it.

As summer nears to a close, autumn is just around the corner, and I am super excited to start new seasonal baking. So I’m kicking off the new season with this crunchy, golden and delicious maple pecan granola. I’ve shared a few granola recipes on the blog so far, including this vanilla almond granola which is a favourite of ours. I’ve used that granola as a base recipe for this maple and pecan version, the only change I made was cooking the granola at a slightly lower temperature for longer. You can never have enough granola recipes on hand!

I’ve added light brown sugar to my granola, this adds a very light molasses flavour and also gives it that perfect crunch. I love the rich maple flavour with the crunchy toasted pecans. When the pecans toast and caramelise in the oven they remind me of pecan pie.

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My favourite way to serve this granola has to be with milk or Greek yoghurt, topped with mixed berries. But it certainly tastes great on its own – I often munch on a few handfuls for an afternoon pick-me-up. It makes quite an addictive treat to snack on!

Ingredients:

300g (3 1/2 cups) jumbo rolled oats

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

100g (1 scant cup) pecans, roughly chopped

200g (7 ounces) maple syrup

4 tablespoons oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Additional – 

Dried fruit – apricots, dates or prunes

Pumpkin, chia, sunflower seeds

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F / 150°C / 130 Fan / Gas Mark 2 . Line 1-2 large baking sheets with non-stick parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a small saucepan melt together the maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract on a medium heat. When the mixture is runny, take off the heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl mix together the oats, brown sugar, chopped pecans and cinnamon. Pour the wet mixture over the oats and mix to coat fully. Make sure you cover all the oats.
  4. Spread out evenly on 1-2 large baking trays. Bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cook until light golden and toasted. Granola will feel soft at this point, but as it cools the air will make it crunchy.
  5. Remove tray from oven once cooked and allow to cool. Once cooled store in an airtight container or jar for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes:

  • You can use any oil you like – coconut oil, regular vegetable or canola oil would work well.
  • Adjust spices to your taste, add ins include a 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg or cloves. You can also add an extra 1/2 tsp cinnamon for more spiced flavour.
  • Top with anything you like. Dates would really well with this granola, but you could also top with sliced strawberries, banana or blueberries.

Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

Crunchy peanut butter and chocolate chip granola. The perfect mix of sweet ‘n salty flavour. If you love peanut butter, then this granola recipe is for you! 

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Peanut butter granola has to be one of my favourite breakfast recipes. PB + chocolate = amazing flavour combo! I have always loved making my own granola – when it’s homemade you know exactly what’s gone into it and you can easily control the sugar levels. It’s also a super fun activity baking your own. Plus, because of the chocolate chips, this granola definitely feels like you’re eating dessert for breakfast!

Ever since I shared this delicious vanilla almond granola, I’ve been hooked on creating and testing out new granola recipes. So many granola recipes, so little time!

This peanut butter and chocolate granola is the perfect treat any PB lover out there! It’s actually a recipe re-do from a little while back. I finally got round to updating the pictures and the recipe slightly. I wanted to share the recipe all over again because it’s one of my favourites and doesn’t last long in our house!

The granola requires just a handful of ingredients, it’ll take you 30 minutes at tops to bake and makes a great breakfast treat any day of the week! You know it’s SO good because it even coerces me to get out of bed in the morning – which is usually a very hard thing to do! The granola makes a great snack too – you could easily add a handful of M&M’s or some roasted peanuts to the mix – I’m definitely going to try that next time I make it!

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The recipe couldn’t be any simpler or easier to prepare. To start toss together oats and sugar. I use brown sugar in this granola, it adds a gorgeous caramel-y flavour and gives the granola a delicious crunchy texture. Then all you need to do is melt together peanut butter, oil, maple syrup and vanilla for added sweetness. Once melted, pour it over the oats and stir to coat. Spread out on baking sheets and then bake until golden. Easy peasy!

Once the granola is cooled I really like adding about 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips – I sometimes add dark chocolate chips or cut up chunks of chocolate if that’s what I have in my store cupboard. Customise the recipe and make it your own! The granola has a very light peanut butter flavour, but if you prefer add another tablespoon or two and adjust to your own taste. I sometimes drizzle over melted peanut butter for an extra delicious touch!

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Ingredients – 

300g (3 1/2 cups) jumbo rolled oats

2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)

65g (1/4 cup) smooth or crunchy peanut butter

60ml (1/4 cup) oil – I use rapeseed oil

60ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g (1/2 cup) milk or dark chocolate chips

Method –

1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C / 160C fan / Gas Mark 4. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large mixing bowl toss together the oats and brown sugar (if using).

3. In a small saucepan, on a medium heat melt together the peanut butter, oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Don’t get the mixture too hot.

4. Pour the melted peanut butter mixture over the oats and mix to combine. Make sure all the oats are evenly covered. Spread the mixture out over the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes – stirring halfway through. Once the granola is cooked, it will be soft and lightly golden.

5. Leave the granola on the tray to cool. As it cools it will get crisp. Once completely cool, mix through the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container or jar. Enjoy with milk or Greek yogurt and even drizzle over extra melted peanut butter!

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More granola you must try! 

Vanilla Almond Granola 

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Enjoy the recipe! Happy Baking!

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Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous, fun-filled and delicious Christmas! After a long period of sheer indulgence and unforgettable feasting January see’s me attempt (and try very hard to) to get “back on track” with my healthy eating after consuming way too much chocolate & calories over the Christmas holidays (well who doesn’t?)! And this homemade granola recipe is definitely the perfect, healthy, nutritious and will set you up for a busy day ahead! This is my mum’s homemade recipe and my whole family really enjoy the taste. It’s full of all the good stuff and great paired with some amazing different toppings. This year why not ditch the sugar-laden unnatural shop-bought granola for this divine, tasty and easy to make recipe! Enjoy!

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I can’t express enough my love for homemade granola. I really can’t get enough of the deliciously tasty oaty goodness. With just a handful of ingredients and so easy to make, this recipe will become your go-to breakfast. What I enjoy most about this homemade healthy granola is how versatile and adaptable the flavours are, I especially like to serve my bowl with lemon flavoured Greek yogurt and loads of fresh raspberries, blueberries and strawberries- that always makes a super scrumptious and berrylicious feast first thing in the morning!

My mum however really enjoys a chopped dates and extra walnuts. She enjoys the dates because they bring a tasty fudgy texture and count as one of your five-a-day. So as you can see you literally add and pop anything from your fridge, store-cupboard or fruit bowl to this batch. I love adding a small handful of chocolate chips to small portion of this granola, add some sliced banana coins and a good dollop of peanut butter – one of my favourites!

Ingredients –

(Makes approx. 12 generous servings – based on 45g serving)

350g rolled oats

50g oat bran

50g desiccated coconut

50g flaked almonds (added before cooking)

5 tbsp rapeseed oil

25g flaked almonds (added after cooking)

50g flaxseeds (also known as golden linseeds)

Additional servings – 

Fresh natural yogurt

Dates & chopped walnuts

Chia seeds

Method –

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C Fan. Weigh out the rolled oats, oat bran, coconut, almonds and mix together to combine. Then mix through the rapeseed oil. Pour out onto 1 large baking tray and spread out evenly.

2. Bake for approx. 7 minutes, then check and turn the oats and put back in the oven to toast for another 5 minutes until golden. Once baked, allow to cool on tray out of the oven.

3. Once cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Best served with berries and yogurt or with walnuts and chopped dates. ENJOY!

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Enjoy the recipe everyone!

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