Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Peanut Butter Granola

Do you ever get into one of those seasons where you're on the go so much, that you don't even really realize what you've been feeding your kids, until you slow down? That's been the story of my life recently. We're in our first season of T-Ball and with all of our other activities getting ready to wrap up for the summer, I feel like I'm just holding on, while we cruise through the home stretch.

I'm just so ready for summer, you guys. And more than anything, I want a summer that isn't too full of commitments. I'm looking forward to lots of time of the beach with my toes in the sand and lots of time gardening, while the kids play in the sprinkler. In the meantime, we will get through May, yes? And we won't just get through it, we will try to rock through the rest of this month---not just on survivial mode, because I don't really care for survival mode. Let's do this thing and let's do it well, yes?

So.......a few days ago, I realized that I've definitely become too relaxed about what I feed my family and it freaked me out a bit. I've always fed my family well, with a few splurges here and there, because well, splurges are fun and okay, from time to time. The problem is that we were starting to splurge too often and if it becomes an everyday thing, then I guess we can't really call it a splurge anymore. Bummer.

The good news is that it's not too late to turn things around. Right now I'm working on bringing more healthy foods back into our lives, before the junk becomes a new habit. I'm blogging a bit less right now, but as I come up with recipes like this one, that we love, I'll be sharing them here.

This morning, Paisley helped me make this granola. After it was cooled, we packaged up a jar of it for Judah's teacher and then put the rest of it in a ziplock bag for easy breakfasts or snacks.

This Peanut Butter Granola recipe turns out so well and the kids just love it. We eat ours with milk, but I'm sure this would be great as a topper for yogurt, as well.

Peanut Butter Granola
2 tbsp. coconut oil
6 tbsp. peanut butter
6 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon 
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease cookie sheet and set aside. Combine coconut oil, peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 30 seconds). Stir.
Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture. Spread onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, lightly stirring about halfway through, until granola is slightly browned. Let cool completely before storing. 

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