Friday, June 7, 2013

Simple Peanut Butter Granola

Life is so good. The weather is warm. The weekend felt luxuriously long. Yesterday, an all day tropical storm poured down. I kept stepping outside (under the awning, obviously) taking in that sweet smell of clean water and wet dirt seeping into ground. Everything felt suspended in aliveness and I wished I could hold it, but recognized the absurdity of such an idea. For, it’s only in the fleetingness of this perfection that it can be so utterly, and blessedly enjoyed.

I’ve really been trying to simplify things lately. I find I enjoy things so much more when I’m not rushing, running, and rambling. Which is not to say I’ve yet figure out how to stop rushing so much, but more that I’m at least attempting to wipe a few of to-do flair’s from my list, and settling (quite contentedly) instead for more of less.

Whatever side of the rush you're on - slow and sweetly simple or jam packed - how do you feel about an incredibly simple, highly delish bowl of peanut butter granola for breakfast this weekend?? An early reminder to simplify and enjoy. :)

Simple Peanut Butter Granola
Total time: 35 minutes
Serves: 6
Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter (I used salted)
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 and 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons chia seeds

**use gluten free oats for a gluten-free version.

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, add the oil, peanut butter, and maple syrup.
3. Heat the mixture just until the oil is melted.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla until everything is emulsified.
6. Lastly, stir in the oats and seeds, until the oats are evenly coated.
7. Pat the mixture into a tight square shape on a cookie sheet (this ensures you will get big clusters as opposed to individual oats, if that is your desire).
8. Bake for 25 minutes, untouched.
9. Cool for 15-20 minutes.
10. Break into clusters and enjoy!

Note: In the theme of keeping it simple, I limited the additives, but you could certainly add nuts or dried fruit until your heart content.


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