I have yet to meet a human who doesn’t like peanut butter. More people dislike chocolate than peanut butter (not based on any proven data). So it’s safe to say that a peanut butter granola should be liked by 99% of the population. I think it’s even safe to say that zombies, children and dogs would like it. So there’s that.
My husband Chet is a huge granola and banana fan. In an attempt to ween him off the store bought brand, I went for a quick, easy and simple homemade version that has now gotten his stamp of approval.
Homemade granola is not only easy, but it’s a huge money saver. What’s even better is that this is a 100% zero waste recipe! It’s time to show that bulk section who’s boss.
Personally I like the actual granola part of my granola plain and simple. Oats, cinnamon, a few nuts and I’m good. This way I can add whatever I want, when I want. Like:
- Dried fruit (raisins, apricots, dates)
- Fresh fruit (strawberries, banana, raspberries, peaches)
- Honey or agave
The peanut butter adds a nice protein punch and nutty flavor which goes nicely with all of the above!
If you haven’t made nice with your bulk section yet, then here’s a pretty good opportunity to do so. All ingredients, including the peanut butter and honey can be found in the bulk aisle of most grocery stores. You might need to go to your more “organic” grocery store to find the peanut butter and honey, so if you have access to one, go there!
For this recipe I also needed to bring an old spice bag with me for more cinnamon, so don’t forget your reusables for any bulk spices you need as well.
Tip: Don’t forget to write down or save the bulk bin numbers on your phone for each item. If you forget, your cashier will pretend he/she’s not mad, but he/she is mad. As are the customers in line behind you and probably the person bagging your groceries. Don’t make this mistake. You’ve been warned.
***Husbands forget to write down bulk bin numbers, so triple remind your husbands. Also, make sure they actually write it down…their memories most often fail them.
Granola is one of those things that’s always in a massive bulk jar on our counter. When I don’t make it from scratch, we buy it from our bulk section which saves us some serious money and packaging! Granola is EXPENSIVE. Especially when you don’t follow the serving size suggestions. Making your granola from scratch allows you to make large quantities for much cheaper than the store bought kind. Oats are cheap, as are most spices, so the only ‘expensive’ things you might need to buy are any additives like I mentioned above. So go crazy or keep it simple.
What to Bring to the Store
To reduce your packaging waste, bring the following reusables with you to the store:
- 2 bulk bags for oats and nuts
- 2-3 bulk spice bags for any spices you’re missing
- 1-2 tupperware containers for peanut butter and honey (if you don’t already have these on hand)
As always bring your reusable grocery bags!
Waste Meter – 5
This recipe gets a 5 on the waste meter because it is 100% zero waste! Since all items came from the bulk section, nothing needs to be thrown away. If you used what was in your house already, then you might have a peanut butter and/or honey jar to recycle once empty, but that’s it. Woohoo!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- ⅓ cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
- ⅓ cup honey or agave
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Mix oats, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan on med-low heat, combine peanut butter and honey until melted and well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove from heat.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir well. Feel free to use your hands to combine and break up any clumps. Spread the granola evenly into the baking sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes or until toasted.
- Let cool and store in an airtight bulk container.