Ed. Note—PB&J or cereal? Why not BOTH? Aaron Vinten of The Athletes Table joins us this month with a recipe certain to satisfy, fuel, and delight.

It’s true, you CAN have the best of both worlds. The combination of peanut butter & jelly has alway been a match made in heaven. We mix up a concoction of peanut butter granola by combining together some oats, Rice Krispies, maple syrup, honey, roasted peanuts, peanut butter, and coconut oil with some Trader Joes’s freeze dried strawberries and sprouted super seed & ancient grain mix to make this Speed Freak PB&J Granola! SO GOOD! Two classics colliding into one prefect way to jump start your morning, quell that afternoon hunger or appease that late night snacker in us all.  BOOM! Speed Freak PB&J Granola!

LET’S GET COOKING!

STEP 1: GATHER THE INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup Roasted & Salted Peanuts (Food Processor)
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats (Food Processor)
  • 2 Cups Rice Krispies (Food Processor)
  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats (Mixing Bowl)
  • 3 Cups Rice Krispies (Mixing Bowl)
  • 1/2 Cup Trader Joe’s Super Seed & Grain Mix (Mixing Bowl)
  • 2 Packs Trader Joe’s Freeze Dried Strawberries (Add Last)
  • 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter (Small Pot)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (Small Pot)
  • 1/2 Cup Honey (Small Pot)
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (Small Pot)
  • 2 Tbls Vanilla Extract (Small Pot)

Gather all the ingredients out in front of you and prepare each ingredient as indicated above. We bought all of the ingredients for this recipe from Trader Joe’s.  They are one of the few grocery store that carry freeze dried fruits! Not even the whole foods near me has them. Score one for TJ’s!

STEP 2:  BLEND IT UP

The first step in creating this awesome peanut butter & jelly granola is to blend up some peanuts, oats and puffed rice in the food processor. We used Rice Krispies. Puffed rice is great in granolas as a way to lighten up the texture and provide seem crunch. Blending up the mixture will also help to bind together all the ingredients.

First, add the peanuts into the food processor and blend until you have small pieces of peanuts. It takes about 30-60 seconds in my machine to do it, but yours could be different. Next add into oats and use the pulse feature a 3-4 times, then add in the Rice Krispies and pulse once or twice only. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl. 

STEP 3: SWEET PEANUT BUTTER

With the Rice Krispie binder mixed up and in the mixing bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, room temperature coconut oil, and vanilla into a small pot and mix together vigorously until the mixture becomes smooth and of an even consistency. 

I like to use a small pot with a handle for this because it really helps to get a good grip on the pot and additional leverage to really mix it up. You should not need to put this over this over heat to help the mixture become incorporate, but you may need to add the coconut oil to the microwave for a moment to loosen it up. Set the sweet peanut mixture aside with the puffed rice mixture.

STEP 4: MIX IT UP

To the large bowl of Rice Krispie Mix, add in 3 cups of whole rolled oats, 2 cups whole Rice Krispies and 1/2 a cup of the Trader Joe's Super Seed & Ancient Grain Mix with a spoon to combine throughly.

Pour in the peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until all the dry ingredients are evenly coated in the sweet peanut butter mixture. It will take a little elbow work to get it mixed together well, but be sure to get it well combined.

STEP 5: GET IT TOASTY

Next up, grab a baking tray and spray it with some non-stick cooking spray to prevent the granola from sticking to the baking tray as it bakes. Items such as granola that have a high sugar content will stick to the baking tray if there isn’t some sort of non-stick layer applied. Just a simple spray of pan release will do the trick.

Pour the unbaked granola out onto a baking sheet and spread evenly into all the corners. Do not pack it down. Place the granola into a preheated oven at 300 degrees for 45-50 minutes. I will typically pull the granola out twice durning the baking process to lightly mix it up with a spoon and make sure that it bakes evenly as well as prevent it from sticking to the bottom and burning. Watch the granola closely toward the end of the cooking process to ensure that it doesn’t turn to dark and burn. 

STEP 6: CRUSH IT UP!

Remove the granola from the oven and let the granola cool. Add the cooled (or cooling) granola back into a large CLEAN mixing bowl. 

Now it’s time to get the “jelly” involved and really set this Speed Freak PB&J Granola off! It’s so good! These Trader Joes freeze dried strawberries are the perfect addition to really bring the PB&J combination together.  These strawberries are so good, too. Big full slices of strawberry, but for our purposes, we want to break them down into smaller pieces and dust. How? Just start punching or crushing the unopened bag a couple times! 

Pour the crushed strawberries out into the bowl of peanut butter granola and mix them in! You want to see a mixture of big and little pieces of strawberry as well as some "strawberry dust."

STEP 7: EAT!