Peanut butter, banana & chocolate chip granola - for those mornings where you just want to eat cookies for breakfast!
Do you ever have those mornings when you wake up and just want to eat cookies? Please say it's not just me...
Well what if I told you that you could have something for breakfast that isn't a cookie but tastes just like one?
And what if I then told you that said cookie-like breakfast is so full of good ingredients that you can eat it guilt free?
Guess what? Problem solved - peanut butter & banana granola! It's breakfast cereal. It tastes like a cookie. You're eating it with milk. Milk and cookies for breakfast, but healthy.
I rest my case.
Just out of curiosity - do you say granola or muesli? Anything breakfast cereal with oats in NZ tends to be labeled muesli so that's what I've always called it. But I like the word granola better. I found out that muesli is typically just made of toasted dry ingredients, whereas granola has wet ingredients such as honey, oil or applesauce baked through it. So granola it is!
I've been making my own cereal for a few years now and I still can't get over how much nicer it is than the store-bought stuff. And how much better it is for you. But I've only recently starting getting creative with how I make it and my mind has been blown! The possibilities are endless...oats are like the blank canvas of the breakfast world. I sure hope you guys like granola, because there are going to be a whole lot more of these recipes coming your way!
Still not convinced that something that tastes like a cookie can be good for you? Here's what we're dealing with.
Rolled oats make up the base, then we add a little brown sugar and cinnamon for sweetness & spice. The peanut butter and banana combo packs a flavour punch while also holding it all together and creating little crunchy bits that I usually eat before they're even cold. Vanilla because I love it and chocolate chips thrown in at the end to really add to that cookie feeling. And because peanut butter and chocolate is a dream. The chocolate chips are optional, but let's not even have that conversation. Everything else is healthy. Put them in.
All that is left to do is combine the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients and microwave it quickly - it'll make it easier to mix with the oats this way.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix it all together until the oats are all coated and bake for 40 minutes. Leave to cool for 5 minutes and stir in chocolate chips.
Now you can have your
cake cookie and eat it too! Happy breakfast eating!
Peanut Butter, Banana (and chocolate chip) Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 banana , mashed (about ½ cup)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chocolate chips (optional)
- In a baking dish combine oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- In a microwave proof jug combine peanut butter, banana & vanilla extract. Microwave for up to 1 minute to slightly melt the peanut butter. This will make it easier to stir through the oats.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly until the oats are fully coated. Bake at 150 degrees C for 40 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before stirring through chocolate chips.
- Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.