Monday, March 1, 2010

Peanut Butter and Honey Granola

peanut butter and honey granola

Not that I want to wade too deeply into this debate or anything, but yes, I do eat honey. Some vegans don't and that's cool. I also kill mosquitos and those big, black, bitey deerflies. And actually, I'm in the beginning stages of having my own backyard beehive. So eventually I'll be making my very own honey while supporting a colony of pollinators to help my vegetable garden flourish. But if you don't eat honey yourself, you can always make this recipe with maple syrup or agave nectar. And we can all still be friends.

I love the combination of peanut butter and honey. So much so, I ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich every day for lunch for my entire high school career. I'm not joking. I am a creature of habit and it was much worse in my teenage years. While my peers were off getting drunk and behaving like, well, teenagers, I was eating the same lunch every day and spending Friday nights watching Letterman at my friend Adrianne's house. Whew! Good thing I reigned in that crazy behavior so I could settle down and become a responsible adult.

This granola is tasty and easy to make. It is great for breakfast or for a snack, and you can add in whatever else you like: dried fruit, different seeds, chopped nuts... go wild! Just make sure you're home in time for Letterman.


Peanut Butter and Honey Granola

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp safflower oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine oats, coconut, and seeds in a large bowl.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the peanut butter and stir in the honey and oil.

Dump peanut butter mixture into oat mixture and stir to combine well. You may need to get your hands in there, don't be shy.

Spread mixture on a cookie sheet or in a large glass lasagna pan and place in over.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes so that it browns and crisps up evenly.

Some Notes:

-I've said this before, but I really don't understand why people buy granola at the store when it is so easy to make at home. And by making it at home, you can control the sweetness which is always a huge problem for me in store bought granola.

-I ordered a bunch of seeds for my garden this weekend which was a delightful exercise. So delightful, in fact, that I woke the Man of Science up on Saturday morning just to tell him that I would be ordering seeds that day. And no, he didn't actually care that much. But he was a good sport about the waking up nonetheless.

one track mind

-I'm going to start having those little "This Time Last Year" notes at the bottoms of my posts now. Perhaps they will help you discover a recipe you never knew was there!


This Time Last Year: Chocolate Strawberry Pudding


T said...

Honey! NOOOO!!!

Just kidding. I've been known to use honey when I can't find agave nectar (like, say, in all of Europe.) You gotta take this things with a grain of salt.

However, what is the difference between rolled oats and other kinds of oats? Can I use whole (not packaged) oatmeal?

J. said...

T: Yes, I think in this recipe that would be fine. I would guess that steel cut oats (because they require a longer cooking time) wouldn't work, but whole oats, quick cook oats, etc would all be fine.

HayMarket8 said...

I eat honey as well. I get a lot of "not vegan enough" type shit for it but whatever. I do not eat commercially farmed honey. Only local conscious honey. :)

sweetpea said...

This came at the perfect time for me! I just bought some oats to make apple crisp (in the oven right now!) and our new neighbour just brought us honey from his mom's hive!

The Voracious Vegan said...

I LOVE the peanut butter/honey or agave combination! One of the best flavors in the world!!!!

This looks so amazing, I've been wanting to make my own granola lately. So thank you very much for the recipe, can't wait to give it a try.

XUP said...

I don't think the quick cook oats work very well for granola, actually -- they're too fine and powdery. I'd go with rolled oats, too. And how exciting about starting your own beehive. That's something I've always wanted to do, too. I hope you'll blog about it as it progresses.

J. said...

HayMarket: yeah, I do the same thing. There is a lot of local honey available near where I live, even in the larger grocery stores.

Sweetpea: I'm jealous! I can't wait to have a hive!

VV: Let me know how it works out for you!

XUP: I actually used quick cook oats in another granola recipe and they were fine, but they didn't clump up as nicely as other oats.

Anonymous said...

Is it copacetic to have a beehive in your yard? I have a friend in a rural area who keeps bees, but I thought we couldn't in the city.

J. said...


There's actually a beehive at the Museum of Nature, right in the heart of downtown Ottawa!

Urban hives and backyard beekeepers are actually being encouraged as the bee population dwindles.

That said, it would only be one little hive, not the numerous hives that people in rural areas could have.

Anonymous said...

This isn't a case of me accusing anyone of being "not vegan enough." It's just a simple matter of fact that honey is not vegan.

To consume honey and address yourself as vegan is why there lies confusion among the public in reference to the term "vegan." And also why I get served honey in restaurants, even after informing them I'm vegan.

So the point being: honey =/= vegan.

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Point taken. I should have been more clear regarding the fact that I don't actually call myself "vegan". I'm a vegetarian who eats vegan most of the time. I do also, as stated eat honey and have a bit of a don't-ask-don't-tell policy about restaurant meals that might contain a bit of dairy.

Anonymous said...

Well, I appreciate the clarification.

Lisa said...

this looks delish! i don't usually bake or cook with honey but i will eat it!
might have to try this recipe though!!!!!!!!!!! loovvve peanut butter!!!!!! :)