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Prep This Peanut Butter-Packed Granola for Breakfast

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From a Garnerville resident, this nutty, peanut butter granola recipe is a breeze to make at home and a healthy way to get tons of energy.

It’s no surprise that peanut butter is on our all-time list of favorite flavors: it’s rich, it’s salty, and it’s extremely versatile. In fact, peanut butter can be used in just about any recipe for virtually every meal of the day.

Case in point is this Nutty Monkey Granola, crafted by Christine Yang of Garnerville. Just as this granola is perfect with milk or atop yogurt in the morning, so too is it ideal as an afternoon snack or sprinkled on ice cream at night. Here’s how to make it at home (recipe courtesy of Christine Yang):

Nutty Monkey Granola

Ingredients:

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
1⁄4 cup coconut flakes
1⁄3 cup chopped peanuts
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
1⁄4 cup pumpkin seeds
3 Tbsp ground flax
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 banana
1 egg white
1⁄4 cup peanut butter
1⁄3 cup dried cranberries
1⁄4 cup chocolate chips

Method:

Heat the oven to 375°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Use a blender to combine the banana, egg white, and peanut butter until smooth. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until incorporated. Pour the mixture in an even layer on the baking pan.

Bake until crisp (about 20-30 minutes), removing from the oven and stirring every 10 minutes to allow the granola to brown evenly and break up into smaller pieces. When the granola is golden and crisp, remove from the oven and stir in the cranberries and chocolate chips (chocolate chips should melt a little).

Allow to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

Related: Fuel Hudson Valley Hikes With This Protein-Packed Granola Recipe

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