Good evening! I hope the rest of your day turned out well. For a cold, rainy, Monday mine wasn’t too bad.
Today’s workout was not the best, however given the circumstances I suppose it could have been worse. This morning Fabio and I woke up nice and early to head out for our run with Jack. I looked at my iPhone for the weather report and it indicated that not only was it raining, but it was also 45 degrees and “feels like 36.” 36?! It’s almost May! It is not supposed to feel like it’s 36 degrees out! Since there was obviously nothing we could do about the weather we sucked it up, bundles ourselves in winter jackets we had already tucked away in the back of the closet, and ran with Jack. As usual it wasn’t too bad once we got moving but that cold air really made me want to crawl back under the covers. BRRRR!
This afternoon’s run was not too successful either. I knew we needed groceries (if nothing else we really need milk for cereal) so our plan was to run up to the dog park, stop by Trader Joes, and walk home. I was then planning to do Insanity inside since it was so cold out. Unfortunately I got out of work late today an didn’t arrive home until around 7:00. This means by the time we ran to the dog park, got groceries, and walked home it was already 8:00 and Insanity was just not happening. I feel disappointed that I didn’t get a better workout in today, but running 2 miles is better than running none! And tomorrow is another day.
Yesterday I was hanging out at home and feeling restless. I wanted to experiment in the kitchen but didn’t know what to make! Of course this caused me to turn to my favorite blog, Peanut Butter Fingers, where I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Granola. It looked so easy and delicious that I couldn’t wait to try it out!
The first time I try out a recipe I try to make it exactly as the original author recommends, and then I play with the ingredients the next time I make it. Below you will see how I made the recipe, along with some suggestions for what I will do differently next time. This recipe was really delicious and now I have yummy peanut butter granola to much on all week! Success!
First I preheated the oven to 325 degrees. Next I scooped the peanut butter out into a small bowl and squirted the honey on top (such a fancy term huh? “I squirted the honey” lol).
The bowl then went into the microwave for a few seconds until the peanut butter was melted and could easily be mixed up with the honey. Once it was melted I added the vanilla and the cinnamon. While I liked the vanilla and cinnamon flavor ok, I think next time I would play around with the spices. The cinnamon had a really strong flavor so I think I would use less of it or eliminate it all together. I also thought about adding some nutella to the peanut butter mix but I in the end decided against it. If I were too add the nutella I’d want to cut the peanut butter amount in half and eliminate the honey and cinnamon all together. The fun thing about this recipe is you can add anything you want! For this time though, I wanted to try it out as Julie (the creator) intended it.
Anyway, once the wet ingredients were mixed up, I added them to a large bowl and mixed in the oats. I’m thinking mine could have used a little bit more of the peanut butter mixture, although that’s probably my fault for not measuring precisely.
At this point I was also thinking some chopped almonds would be good in here. Maybe with some raisins. Yummm. However since I didn’t actually have either of those things on hand, those obviously are going to have to wait until next time. With the nutella. Maybe not all at once…raisins + nutella? Gross.
Once the mixture was combined I poured it onto a greased cookie sheet and baked for about 10 minutes or until the granola started to brown. I let it cool for about half an hour but I don’t think you need to wait this long (I just happened to leave it on the counter and got distracted by something else ). Just wait until the texture is actually crunchy before you start eating it.
Once it was cool I transferred the granola to a zip-lock bag for easy storage. Now I have a yummy snack to munch on throughout the week! Woohoo!!
Peanut Butter Granola (via Peanut Butter Fingers)
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter (I eyeballed it)
- 2 tbsp. honey (I eyeballed it)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (I’d use a little less next time)
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup oats
- Other options: raisins, chopped nuts, nutella (minus the cinnamon), other dried fruit
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
- Combine peanut butter and honey in a small bowl. Microwave for a few seconds until peanut butter is melted.
- Stir in cinnamon and vanilla.
- Pour melted peanut butter mixture into a large bowl.
- Fold in oats. Stir until everything is coated (could add dried fruit or chopped nuts here).
- Pour oat mixture onto greased cookie sheet and distribute evenly. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until granola starts to brown.
- Allow granola to cool completely (should be crunchy) and enjoy!