We happen to have a surplus of raw milk and all my men have been begging for granola.
So last night we made a batch of our favorite granola. My guys like big clusters, so I tweaked our recipe a bit and everyone was cheering this morning when they discovered that this granola was nearly All clusters.
When I make granola it involves lugging out big five gallon buckets and there is Always a mess involved.
To save time and frustration I do an extra big batch. If you want to try our recipe, feel free to reduce the amounts. I promise it won't effect the end product.
Peanut Butter Granola Clusters
Combine in a large bowl or bucket
- 20 c. Rolled Oats or Rolled Mixed Grains
This time around I used 10 cups of Rolled 7 Grain Mix & 10 cups of Quick Oats
If you use all rolled grains and no quick oats, you may want to pulse about half of the rolled grain in a blender so that it is easier for littles to chew.
- 4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut -(you can swap sweetened and reduce the sugar a bit)
- 3 cups Sucanat -(or raw sugar, or brown sugar)
- 3 c. Raw Wheat Germ
- 3 c. chopped nuts -(your choice - we often use peanuts)
- 1 c. Ground Flax Seed -(or Chia Seed)
- 2 tsp. Sea Salt
- 4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
In a blender combine
- 1 1/3 c. Coconut Oil (or swap for an oil you keep in stock if you don't use coconut oil)
- 1 1/3 c Honey (measure it with the cup you measured your oil in and it will slide right out)
- 1 1/3 cup of Natural Peanut Butter * (see note)
- 2 TBL Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Water
Blend wet ingredients until combined and then mix the wet ingredients thoroughly into the dry mixture.
Spray your baking pans with non-stick spray or coat with oil or butter.
I divide this quantity between 4 large 12x18 sided cookie sheets.
Press the mixture down firmly, as if you were making granola bars.
You will need to bake these in two batches.
Adjust two oven racks to the center of your oven, place one cookie sheet on the top-center, and the other on the bottom-center.
Bake at 350 for 15 min and rotate the pans from top to bottom and bottom to top and bake another 15 min until golden.
Allow granola to cool in the pans and then break into clumps. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
If you have a powerful blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec) you can substitute 3c. of peanuts for the peanut butter and blend these with your oil, honey, water and vanilla until it is smooth and creamy.