Baobab-Peanut Butter Granola

I have made granola many times before but this was the best ever; deliciously crunchy, nutty, slightly tangy, perfectly sweetened, and jam packed with healthy goodness. It doesn’t get any better than this. 

There was a time when I was obsessed with granola. I ate it for breakfast almost daily for weeks and weeks. I tend to have these food obsessions that go on for ages, my recent one being turmeric. However, after sometime I got over it. And recently, I re-introduced it back into my diet after almost a year without it. And I’m in love all over again. I had forgotten how much I love making granola, oh and eating it as well.

I adore the versatility of granola. You can have it any way you like. You can snack on it, or pour some milk over it, or add to yoghurt or ice-cream. My favourite way to eat granola is with yoghurt and berries, so delicious. Homemade granola is a lot cheaper, taste much better and by far more healthy than the stuff you buy at the supermarket loaded with sugar and other nasties.

This baobab peanut butter granola is ridiculously easy to whip up. You simply melt the peanut butter, coconut oil and honey, add the vanilla, and dry ingredients, mix well to combine and bake. And that’s all there is to this healthful breakfast. I normally whip up a batch on the weekend for the week ahead, it makes life so much easier on those busy mornings. And my kids also love to munch on the clusters throughout the day.

Known as the ‘tree of life’ in Africa, baobab is a nutritional powerhouse. It has twice more calcium than milk, 4 times more potassium than a banana, 6 times more vitamin C than an orange and 6 times more antioxidants than blueberries. I purchase my baobab powder from @kaitawholefoods, an Australian based supplier of baobab powder imported straight from Africa.

My baobab-peanut butter granola is filled with all sorts of yummy and good-for-you ingredients. It obviously has peanut butter and baobab powder. You can use any nutty butter. The baobab adds a subtle tangy flavour to the mix which takes the granola to another level of yumness. I also added coconut oil which gave the granola that beautiful coconut flavour that we all know and love.  And I sweetened it with maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Feel free to experiment with adding more things to the mix such as nuts, goji berries and seeds.

If you do make this recipe, enjoy the heavenly smell of granola fresh out of the oven and don’t forget to leave me a comment below. 

Baobab-Peanut Butter Granola

The best granola recipe ever; deliciously crunchy, nutty, slightly tangy, perfectly sweetened, and jam packed with healthy goodness. It doesn't get any better than this.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 tablespoon baobab powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together oats, baobab, and cinnamon. Set aside
  3. Melt the peanut butter and honey in a medium saucepan over low heat until smooth.
  4. Take the saucepan off the heat and stir in vanilla and coconut oil. Add the dry ingredients to the pot, and mix until well combined. Spread mixture evenly on the prepared baking tray.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned. Check every 10 minutes. I didn't turn my granola because I wanted big clusters but if you want looser granola, stir the granola around in the tray after the first 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
  7. Munch away.

Notes

If you use salted peanut butter, do not add salt. The salt in the peanut butter is enough. But if you use unsalted nut butter, you will need to add the salt. 

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