Taking inspiration from a classic PBJ sandwich, this peanut butter granola has honey, oats, wheat germ, ground flaxseed and dried tart cherries.
1 cup unsalted peanuts
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped dried tart cherries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the peanuts on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil. Toast the nuts until they are golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine the peanuts, oats, wheat germ, flaxseed and salt.
In a small saucepan, melt the honey and sugar over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract.
Use a wooden spoon to stir the peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Spread the granola onto the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 15 minutes and toss the granola. Continue baking for 15 minutes until golden brown checking the granola every 5 minutes to make sure it does not burn.
Allow the granola to cool and then add the dried cherries.