I have a confession to make... I have a sweet tooth. I can ignore it all day without any problem but around 8 PM I usually give in. I don't have a go-to fix for this issue, some weeks it's coconut ice cream bars, other weeks it's homemade chocolate chip cookies; this week, I happened to be craving yogurt, topped with crunchy granola, and raspberries. The yogurt (soy! it has 9 grams of protein per serving) and the raspberries were easily procured at the grocery store, the granola was different story.
The idea of paying $5-$6 for a teensy tiny bag of granola felt indulgent - I couldn't justify the purchase, especially since it didn't have much to do with feeding my family, and had everything to do with feeding my sweet tooth. So, I chose to pay less than $2 for a container of old fashioned oats, and I made my own darn granola. Spoiler alert: it was delicious!
This recipe is so easy that I'm not even going to type it in typical recipe format. All you need are: 3 cups of old fashioned oats, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, and 1/4 cup of oil (your choice - I used grape seed). Preheat your oven to 350. Combine the oats and the sugar in a large bowl. In a small sauce pot over med-low heat whisk the peanut butter, syrup, and oil together until a smooth sauce is formed. Pour the sauce over the oats and sugar and stir until evenly coated. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet - evenly - and bake for 15 minutes. Give the oats a toss and bake for 7-10 more minutes - check to make sure that you oats aren't burning. If you want your granola to be chunkier, don't toss it around at the 15 minute mark, just rotate the pan. Let the mixture cool on the pan and then transfer to an airtight container. You're done!
Next time, I'll probably get a bit more creative and add in a few more ingredients. I'm thinking coconut flakes or chocolate chips or almond slivers or maybe some craisins! I also think honey would be a good option instead of maple syrup. Basically, granola seems like the type of food you just can't screw up.