Peanut Butter & Honey Granola Cereal (aka Peanut Butter Cookie Cereal)

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Granola Cereal – healthy but tastes like cookies, and it is SO easy!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Granola Cereal - healthy but tastes like cookies, and it is SO easy!

I started homeschooling my children about 7 years ago when my oldest was in Kindergarten.  When I began, we joined a homeschool group in the area that met up for playdates at a local park.  While the kids were playing, us moms would sit and chat.  One of the moms had such an effect on me; I doubt she ever realized it.  She had 7 children with another on the way, and she made 100% of everything from scratch herself.  I thought she was super mom & it made me want to start making everything I could myself as well. During one of the park days, she mentioned how she made her own breakfast cereal and I was instantly intrigued.  Cereal can be a major budget breaker.  She gave me her recipe for peanut butter cereal, and I was so excited to get home and make it.  Sadly, once it was all ready – it was too bland.  Literally had no flavor at all.  But, I was determined to make my own breakfast cereal so I kept at it.

My husband loves peanut butter, so I knew that was going to be a major ingredient.  I also knew that I didn’t want to add any extra sugar to it, so I used a healthier option…nature’s sweetener – honey – to sweeten it up.  I messed around with different portions of everything, making sure to keep it simple – and finally…. I had it.  

Of course, the first step when you think you have recipe that’s a keeper is to bring out the taste testers – aka, the husband & the picky eaters children.

They loved it!  All of them!  In fact, they all insisted it tasted just like peanut butter cookies. Which is funny, because I thought the same thing when I taste tested it.  Fast forward 7 years, and we’re STILL eating it – and everyone is still referring to it as my Peanut Butter Cookie Cereal.

Remember how I said I kept it simple?  That was no exaggeration.  It takes just 4 ingredients, and a few minutes of your time until it’s all done.   You can make this in bulk if you like as well.  I always double & triple the batch because we go through it so much.  You could even add in a little bit of flax seed or wheat germ for an extra nutritional punch.  You can call it peanut butter cookie cereal like we do, and then sit back and grin as you watch your kids devour all those oats.

Let me show you just how easy this is.  Here’s all you need to make it.

Add your honey, peanut butter, & butter/margarine to a glass bowl.  Microwave it in 30 second intervals whisking each time until it’s all completely melted & smooth.

Pour the melted goodness into a large bowl on top of your oats.  Stir to mix completely & evenly.

Spread the mixture onto a large cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes – taking it out every 5 minutes to flip & stir the oats to be sure that everything browns evenly.

Place the baking pan on a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

Serve just like you would traditional cereal – in a bowl with some milk, and shovel it in eat with a spoon.


Peanut Butter & Honey Granola Cereal (aka Peanut Butter Cookie Cereal)
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Serves: 4 cups of cereal
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups rolled oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt the stick of butter, honey, & peanut butter in a glass bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals - whisking after each time, until completely melted & smooth.
  3. Pour the honey & peanut butter mixture on top of the oats in a large bowl. Mix well. Spread out the mixture on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven every 5 minutes to stir & flip - ensuring that the cereal browns evenly.

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Disclosure: The National Honey Board provided me with the honey for this recipe.  All opinions & recipes shared in this post are my own – including my absolute love of honey.