Oooh…Diets are so overrated, you know? And they are non-existent as long as this peanut butter-y goodness granola is around. This granola is crazy-good. C.R.A.Z.Y.!!! And I am soooo excited to share it with y’all!
The inspiration for this granola came from the store-bought version. My sister-in-law, Jessica (Hi, Jess!) brought several bags of store-bought peanut butter granola on our trip to Tennessee, and I just could not get enough of it. It was so crunchy, so peanut butter-y, and so downright ADDICTING that I promised myself that when we got home, I would have to try my hand at trying to match the store-bought version with an easy and healthier homemade version. (I also decided to be crazy and throw in some Nutella :D) Oh. Wow. That’s all I have to say. I nailed the texture and the taste of this granola in one try. Score!
I have been snacking on this granola A LOT since those two days ago. Just grabbing handfuls here and there, ’cause it is just so addicting. It makes an a-mazing after-workout energy boost and is also a pretty sweet breakfast treat— I ate this granola for breakfast yesterday…and the day before…Whoever said breakfast couldn’t be indulgent has never known true happiness 😀
It was all I could do not to eat all of the granola by itself while I was taking my photos. It took a ton of self control, because the tempting peanut butter-y chocolate smell alone was nearly driving me insane. But I persevered and got through the photo-shoot. Then grabbed a big bowl of this awesome stuff and settled down to enjoy my peanut butter indulgence.
This granola is so easy I have to pinch myself to believe it—10 minutes prep time, 30 minutes bake time (stirring every ten minutes!) and 10 minutes cool time. Now, I completely understand that the second you pull your fragrant granola out of the oven you’re gonna want to dig in right then and there, but please hold off a mere 10 minutes. You will be amazed at what that 10 minutes will do to your granola. It will crisp up and form lots of drool-worthy, peanut butter-y clusters that you will just never want to stop eating. After that 10 minutes of cool time, you have my full approval to dig in to this granola to your heart’s desire.
Now, if you want the maximum crunch in this granola, cool it completely, but really? Who on earth could wait that long? I definitely couldn’t 😉
The ingredients for this granola are pretty basic pantry ingredients that you most likely have on hand regularly. We’ve got old-fashioned oats (don’t substitute quick-cooking oats!) wheat bran (just to add a “healthy” kick to this indulgent granola 😉 ) ground cinnamon, salt, maple syrup (contributes to the fantastic “crunch” in this granola!) chunky peanut butter (the star of the show!) vanilla extract, and finally Nutella (the co-star!)
I like to eat this granola in a variety of different ways—I love it with milk, in my yogurt, but my most frequent way to eat it is (can you guess?) Plain. And trust me, you will too. Just one handful of this granola is a great energy boost that you might need after an long and exhausting workout. It travels very well, which makes it ideal for long car rides, and it’s just plain fun to have around for snacking when that all-too-familiar peanut butter craving strikes.
This granola has worked it’s way up to the top of my favorite kind of granola. Not too surprising. I am 100% positive you will have found YOUR favorite granola after one taste of this crunchy, nutty, and so very addicting peanut butter heaven
Purely sinful pretty much sums up this granola in one word. 😀
What’s YOUR favorite kind of granola? Links welcome! I am definitely in the mood for MORE granola!
Peanut Butter Nutella Granola
- 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat bran, cinnamon, and salt. In a small saucepan over medium heat, slowly heat peanut butter, Nutella, and maple syrup until smooth and liquid-y. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour liquid mixture over oat mixture and gently stir until liquid is incorporated into the dry.
Divide granola between prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Allow granola to cool 10 minutes before using.
Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.
I am very into “sinful” and “indulgent” treats for breakfast!