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.
- 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
- preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- combine granola, oat bran, protein powder, peanut butter, and jam in a bowl. mixture will be crumbly.
- slowly add milk to the bowl, mixing while you pour. mixture will be wet.
- stir in the egg, mixing well to combine.
- finally, sprinkle in baking powder and salt and stir, making sure it is mixed in completely.
- 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.
- for bars, pour mixture into an 8” x 8” or 9” x 9” baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- cookies bake for 10 minutes, bars bake for 15-17 minutes (a toothpick should come out clean.)
- 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.