Small Batch 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola
I love granola! It is so good with just a splash of coconut milk on top, sprinkled on yogurt or smoothies, or even eaten by itself. I have been on the hunt for the perfect granola recipe for years. My definition of a perfect granola breaks into large clusters, is slightly sweet, and has very few ingredients. I have gone to make granola recipes many times but stop because I realize I don't have most of the long list of ingredients, or some of the ingredients don't match the way I eat. After years of experimenting this is my go- to granola recipe. I make it weekly to have on hand for breakfast and snacks. Feel free to double the recipe if you have a large crowd to feed.
2 C gluten free oats
6 TBSP organic peanut butter
1/4 C maple syrup or honey
1 TBSP coconut oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1) Pre-heat oven to 325, and line a quarter sheet pan with parchment paper. If you don't have a quarter sheet pan you can use a 1/2 sheet pan you will just place the granola on part of it.
2) Place the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil in a large microwave safe bowl.
3) Microwave the mixture of 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for 30 more seconds.
4) Remove the bowl from microwave and stir in the oats and salt until well combined.
5) Pour the granola mixture onto the sheet pan and press the mixture flat with a spatula. It will fit perfectly on a 1/4 sheet pan. If you use a larger pan you want the mixture to be about 1/2 inch thick.
6) Bake for 15 minutes, and then check the mixture to see if it is lightly browned. Do not stir, not stirring helps to get those granola clusters we all love! Bake for 5 more minutes if the mixture looks too light in color. This takes 20 minutes total in my oven for a perfectly crisp but not burnt granola. You might need to experiment with your oven.
One way to see if it is done is to take a small cluster out and set it on the counter to cool for a few minutes. If it hardens as it cools it is done.
This will keep for one week in an airtight container.