a great mistake.

by Janetha on March 23, 2012

in giveaway,product review,recipes

i was recently sent a batch of nuts about granola’s feature flavor of the month.


peanut butter & jelly granola! well, it is also referred to as “college staple”.. but since i didn’t exactly go to much college (unless going community college on and off for seven years to get a two year degree counts) i am going to call this PB&J granola a LIFE staple for me! i grew up eating peanut butter and jam (yes, JAM, not jelly! more specifically: momma b’s homemade raspberry jam) sandwiches. or toast. or pancakes. PB&J goes on everything. that’s why i knew that this PB&J granola would be a hit in my mouth.


because i can’t leave anything alone, i decided to play around with this granola and make a recipe instead of eating it straight from the bag.

okay, okay, you got me. i did eat quite a bit straight from the bag.. but i still wanted to make up a recipe. i had big plans after work yesterday. since i didn’t have to blog (thanks to three tip thursday) and daylight was on my side, i decided to whip up a recipe that had been floating around in my brain since first receiving the PB&J granola.

i initially wanted to make PB&J protein bites. my big plan was to use four ingredients.


i figured i could mix the granola with protein powder, peanut butter, and jam to create tasty, no bake protein bites. sounds simple enough, right?

i got started and quickly realized that i didn’t have nearly enough granola to go around.. so i bulked it up a bit with oat bran. a little extra fiber never hurt, anyway!


once the original four ingredients were mixed with the oat bran, i had a bowl of crumbles. delicious crumbles, but crumbles none the less.


i decided that the recipe needed a little moisture, so i started adding almond milk to the bowl. well, i must have got a tad too heavy-handed, because i ended up with a mixture that was just too runny to form into no bake protein bites. oops.


because i wasn’t about to waste this delicious batter (how do i know it was delicious? oh, because i kept eating it by the spoonful…) i decided to do what any normal recipe experiementer (made that word up) would do: put it in the oven!

i added an egg, some baking powder, and a pinch of salt to the mixture and decided to bake it into cookies AND bars, to see what would work best.. or if they would both be a disaster.

the cookies went in for 10 minutes and the bars went in for 18.. i was happy to see they both came out looking like something edible! (hey, you never know when it comes to baking.. the oven can be a tricky thing.)




they looked good, but what counts is taste and texture.  i sampled both the cookies and the bars.  much to my (pleasant) surprise, both items turned out SENSATIONAL! we are talking delicious, peanut butter-and-jammy, protein packed bites of amazing.

i love that i didn’t have to add any extra sweetener to these. the hit of honey from the granola paired with the all-fruit jam made these treats perfectly sweet.


i was really shocked that the random ingredients i combined on a whim created such a soft, cakey texture.


the bits of college staple PB & J granola throughout the bars and cookies were definitely what made the recipe unique.


and that, my friends, was my great mistake.


makes 18 cookies/bars
prep time: 5 minutes
bake time: 10-18 minutes


  • 4 oz nuts about granola PB&J granola
  • 3 oz oat bran
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (i used MRM whey)
  • 5 TB creamy peanut butter
  • 5 TB jam or jelly
  • 5 TB almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. combine granola, oat bran, protein powder, peanut butter, and jam in a bowl. mixture will be crumbly.
  3. slowly add milk to the bowl, mixing while you pour. mixture will be wet.
  4. stir in the egg, mixing well to combine.
  5. finally, sprinkle in baking powder and salt and stir, making sure it is mixed in completely.
  6. for cookies, drop 1 TB balls onto a cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat or sprayed with cooking spray. mixture will spread, don’t worry about it.
  7. for bars, pour mixture into an 8” x 8” or 9” x 9” baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  8. cookies bake for 10 minutes, bars bake for 15-17 minutes (a toothpick should come out clean.)
  9. let cool before eating. store in an airtight container in the fridge.

nutrition stats based on 18 cookies/bars:


not bad for a treat, right?

my friends at nuts about granola have offered to give away a bag of their college staple peanut butter & jelly granola to one of you.


i will pick a random commenter from this post on monday!

i don’t know about you guys, but i am super pumped for the weekend! we have lots of plans. we are heading to the jazz game tonight, then to see danny tanner tomorrow! oh, i mean bob sagat.. but he will always be danny tanner to me. can’t wait to see him live. i also have a couple workouts lined up, the usual sunday grocery shopping & meal planning, and maybe we will have time to catch the hunger games. although, i wouldn’t mind waiting to see it since i hate crowds. it’s supposed to be real warm this weekend, so i hope to take the pups to play outside somewhere, and i might even bust out the bike for a bike ride.

what is on your weekend agenda?

xo. janetha g.

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Ali March 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Sometimes the best inventions happen by mistake! Looks delicious ;).

jennifer March 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

This just might be the best mistake ever!

Rachel March 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

The cookies and bars look amazing. What a beautiful mistake.

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Gotta love a successful experiment! Both the granola and your treats sound delicious!
And I am college student and pb&j is definitely a staple in my lunchbox!

Maggie March 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Ah these cookies/bars sound delicious and easy! If I had a bag of that granola I would for sure be making them ;)

Lissa March 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

i love it when baking fails turn in to successes!!

Meg March 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

I absolutely LOVE peanut butter and jelly, it’s one of the best flavor combinations around. I bet that granola is delicious!

Lauren March 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

This granola looks fantastic! You can’t go wrong with peanut butter or jelly.

Veronica @ My Eats & Treats March 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Some yummy meals, some gym moves, and lots of studying! I prefer the two former over the latter :)

Laurel C March 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I’m running (well, okay, already ran!) a 10k today!!!!! and I PRed, finishing in 2nd overall!

Shannon March 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

great save!! and i agree, LIFE staple :)

Debbie March 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I feel like half of my great creations are “mistakes” but I am such a random shake of this pinch of that I can never exactly recreate something, but sometimes that’s the fun of it!!

Renee March 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

These cookies sounds scrumptious! I’m preheating my oven right now!

Georgina March 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I love peanut butter and never thought to make cookies with granola – thanks for the great idea!

Ray March 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm

This granola looks so scrumptious! I would love to try this in lieu of my morning oatmeal for breakfast! Thanks so much.

Michelle March 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

that granola sounds amazing! i spent the weekend with my girlfriends at a B & B in a little town called Bremen Indiana scrapbooking. it was so much fun spending time with the girls, laughing and getting some crafting done.

Carrie March 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Oh my goodness, all their granola looks so good.

Heather March 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm

that is a happy mistake!! i have been trying to make protein bars on my own more often, but i have only found one recipe that works well (and that i like) so far…would love to try these!

Jennifer M. March 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I am really impressed that you created a recipe that totally works just by randomly combining things…good job!!

blair March 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

i think you’ve inspired me to concoct some random cookies soon

Jessica March 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

This recipe looks like it made for a fantastic mistake!!! The bars and cookies look really good and the nutrition stats aren’t too shabby! Thanks for posting it!

Jessica Y March 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

Those bars have me drooling!

Jaime D March 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

I LOVE granola and PB&J!!

Shaunna Ulrick March 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

These sound delish :)

Melissa March 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

YUM! I love PB and jelly anything.

funny fact, growing up, I didn’t like the J. I didn’t get into jelly until I was an adult after college.

I don’t think I ever ate PB&J in college, lol

Amber @ Amber's Confections March 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I went to college with the girl who founded Nuts About Granola and I love her products! My favorite is their carrot cake granola because it tastes great and the proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for student entrepreneurs.

Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables March 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I can’t honestly think of a better combo than pb & j. Well, ok…pb & chocolate. But still.

Kait March 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Granola has a habit of disappearing from my cabinets so, ya know, stocking up would be wonderful! ;)

Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola March 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Omigosh those cookies and bars look delicious! I love how you took the granola and made it into a baked good- I would never have thought of that!

christina March 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

oooh i like this. a lot. pb&j granola sounds pretty damn good right now…

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