So I am restarting my “clean”er eating. I didn’t exactly fall off the clean-wagon…I mean I am still holding on with both hands…maybe being dragged behind a little bit. But I can clearly see the wagon, so I am ready to heave myself back into it. To do that, I needed to bake myself something that was snackable, a little sweet and definitely easy-peasy. Something that I wouldn’t feel guilty about snacking on. My own version, and first time making, Clean Peanut Butter Granola.
So, for the cleaner eating I haven’t really brought anything horrible to the apartment, but I have found myself snacking at work. Spending too much money buying bottled coffee drinks, adding to much creamer to the coffee. Buying Gardetto’s (O.M.G. love that flavor!), buying candy corn and eating the whole package, buying honey-wheat pretzel sticks-I haven’t had those in almost a year! Not too terrible but definitely not good either. I have to stop though; I can’t take the up-and-down on the scale and seriously can’t afford the constant spending on snacks. Yes, my stress level has been up this past month, but I can control the eating. I will control the eating-I will remember how great I felt before.
So to get started obviously clean the crap out again-luckily not too much this time. And make myself something that I can feel good about eating instead of the racking guilt over the bad stuff. Self control has never, ever been a part of my personality. I can give things up, but once I get a taste of something again-boy is it a free-for-all or what. I needed a sweet alternative, and I had never made granola before. I am not a granola buyer, but when I get a hankering I go for the good stuff…Whole Foods Market Cherry and Almond Granola. Woowee is that a sugar bomb.
This one isn’t a bomber thankfully. I am a peanut butter freak so I had to use that as my flavoring and added just a little maple syrup for sweetness. Add in the requisite oats and raisins, a few sliced almonds a sunflower seeds, get a few spices and there you go.
¼ C 365 Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp Maple Grove Farms 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1/8 Tsp Salt
1/8 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2-3 Tbsp Water
¼ C Sliced Almonds
¼ C Sunflower Seeds
1/8 C Ground Flaxseed
¼ C Wheat Bran
2 C Oats
½ C Raisins
1. Turn oven to 250 degrees.
2. Measure the peanut butter through the cinnamon into a small sauce pan. Turn burner a low-medium heat, and let melt slowly and mix together. After everything is melted and mixed together add a few tablespoons of water to loosen it up.
3. Measure rest (not the raisins) of ingredients into mixing bowl.
4. Line with parchment paper or spray with Pam a baking sheet.
5. Pour liquid over dry and mix well.
6. Pour granola onto baking sheet. Spread out into a not-thin layer.
7. Bake for 30 minutes.
8. Check during the baking process to make sure nothing is burning. If getting to brown mix it together then close and let continue baking.
9. Add raisins and mix it all together and relayer out. Bake another 10-15 minutes.