Thursday, May 7, 2009

Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut Butter for Breakfast

2 1/2 c jumbo organic oats
1/2 c wheat germ

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

3 Tablespoon natural peanut butter

1 heaped tablespoon brown sugar
half cup of pumpkin seeds

half cup sesame seeds

In a large bowl, mix oats seeds and wheat germ together.
In a small saucepan, heat up oil, peanut butter, vanilla and brown sugar over medium high heat and let it all melt together. Pour hot mixture over oats and stir well, so that everything is covered. It’s quite sticky at this stage but don’t worry. Spread it out on a non stick baking sheet, and smooth it out a little. The clumps are good as they stick together and make crunchy clusters. Spread mixture on a baking sheet and toast at gas mark 3/4 oven for 30-40 minutes in the middle of the oven, checking on it and stirring it occasionally until mixture is turning golden. When cool, store in a jar.

A recipe I found suggested adding in chocolate, but the best thing about granola is you can add what ever you like. I made a good one recently with toasted hazelnuts and banana chips. Add nuts and seeds into the oat mixture before baking, add dried fruit after when cooled. Some people say that the dried fruit will make your oat mixture soggy, but I haven’t found that, though I haven’t stored granola for much longer then two weeks as it all gets eaten. The peanut butter is optional - but it makes for good clumps.

Pictured is served with yoghurt, raspberries and honey at my desk in the office, no I don’t eat raspberries every day – sadly, normally it’s a banana. I found this recipe a little drier than other recipes, maybe it’s the amount of wheatgerm I hadn’t used that before – or the amount of sesame seeds, I’d have added some sunflower seeds if I had them. I went a little lighter on sugar than recommended and then added honey when serving, yum.

PS a note on food photography - they say it's hard to do and it is. Firstly it's very hard to arrange your food and take pictures of it while it's still hot and you're very hungry. Secondly honey does not stick to rasperries as illustrated in this picture! Any tips greatly appreciated.


L said...

I think this was the best photo yet!

Alexandra Donald said...

I think in order to stick, the honey has to be really cold.