Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Weekly Recipe #113: Peanut Butter Granola

By Rylee Ahnen, University of Minnesota Nutrition Major

One of my favorite things to have for breakfast, or as an afternoon snack, is some Greek yogurt mixed with granola. This combo is delicious, and usually packs a pretty nutritious punch. Greek yogurt is a good source of calcium, and also boats a protein content that is usually twice as high as plain yogurt (depending on the brand). This makes it a great snack food! However, Greek yogurt does have a high fat content so I recommend searching for a fat-free version that you love!

Granola is great too. Granola has the ability to provide us with some much-needed dietary fiber, and also can be a good source of iron. The only down side is that granola from the grocery store can be so dang expensive. So today we’re going to share a recipe from The Hen Basket for some easy to make, delicious granola.

Peanut Butter Granola 
(From www.thehenbasket.com) 

4 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
4 tbsp. honey
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups oats

  1. Preheat oven to 325° 
  2. In a large bowl, mix honey and peanut butter. Microwave the mixture until the peanut butter melts. (approx.. 30 seconds) 
  3. Combine with all other ingredients. Mix the oats well, making sure that they are all covered with the peanut butter mixture. 
  4. Spread mixture out onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. 
  5. Let cool before eating. 

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