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Peanut Butter & Pretzel Granola


Description

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Granola will get your day started right! Makes a delicious after school snack as well! Tastes like a peanut butter cookie but is so much healthier!


Ingredients

Scale

1 cup broken pretzel pieces

3 cups regular rolled oats 

2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 ounces chocolate chunks (I used half of a dark chocolate baking bar and chopped it myself), optional


Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°
  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the oats, pretzels, brown sugar, sea salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  • Place the maple syrup and peanut butter into a 2-cup glass measuring cup or bowl.
  • Microwave on high for no more than 30 seconds.  Stir well to combine the peanut butter and maple syrup. 
  • Add the vanilla extract and stir again to combine.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients. 
  • Stir well until the oat mixture is completely coated with the peanut butter syrup. 
  • Dump the oats onto the lined cookie sheet and spread them out into a thin layer. 
  • The oats will be a bit clumpy, but that’s okay.  Just try to get it into as even of a layer as possible so that it bakes evenly.
  • Bake 19-22 minutes.  The granola will look dry, the edges will be golden brown, and will be firm feeling.
  • Transfer the cookie sheet to a cooling rack and let rest until cooled. 
  • Scatter the chocolate chunks over the tray of granola.
  • Break the granola into clumps.
  • Time to eat!  Enjoy!

Notes

  • Granola keeps well in a jar for one month
  • If you want more of cereal-like granola, use a fork to break the granola up after it has cooled but while it’s still on the cookie sheet.
  • A tip for brown sugar that is starting to harden:  Bury 2 or 3 large marshmallows down into the sugar and seal it up.  The brown sugar will draw moisture from the marshmallows and rehydrate!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: peanut butter pretzel granola, oats, breakfast cereal, healthy breakfast, granola, sweet and salty