Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Peanut Butter Granola and A New Book

I am hooked.  I started a new book Sunday: Sarah’s Key.  Have you read it?  I have heard so many good things about this book.

I think it took about 15.2 seconds to get me hooked.  I don’t want to do anything but read.  Like right now, I’m writing this post but I’m thinking about when I’m going to have a minute to pick up my book again.

Maybe after this post is complete, I’ll make this granola and read all day.  If only that were truly going to happen.  A girl can dream, right?!

As I was getting out of bed Monday morning to head to the gym, I was contemplating how I could do this workout and read at the same time.  Obviously I would have ended up flying off the back of the treadmill which would have been a great time for everyone witnessing it but probably not a great time for me.  So I stuck to my iPod instead.  I guess I’ll get to read tonight.

By the way, granola = great reading snack.  This one, especially.  The texture is perfect, it’s not too sweet, it makes a pretty small batch and as far as granola goes, it’s fairly healthy!

Monday’s workout:

45 Minute Treadmill Intervals

Questions for today:

-what was the last book that had you hooked immediately?

-how often do you read for fun?

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Peanut Butter Granola Recipe

Yield: approx. 1. 5 cups

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 Tbs. creamy peanut butter
2 Tbs. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats (any kind will work but I love the texture of the old-fashioned oats)
2 Tbs. walnuts, almonds or pecans (optional, I actually just prefer to sprinkle them on top after it’s baked.)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a small baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the peanut butter and honey for 15 seconds. Stir well. Add vanilla, cinnamon and salt and mix well. Stir in the oats and mix until covered with the peanut butter mixture.

Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes. Your nose will let you know when the granola is done. It will begin to turn golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let sit in the baking dish for about 10 minutes to allow the granola to become crispy. Serve with fresh fruit, yogurt, nuts, etc.
I like to separate this into four separate containers so that it’s ready to go throughout the week and is pre-portion-controlled!


26 Responses to “Peanut Butter Granola and A New Book”

  1. #
    Parsley Sage — August 9, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    You and I share a brain. I actually work two books at the same time. For example, I'm reading The Unfortunate Traveller but I'm LISTENING to War and Peace. It's perfect! I listen to it in the car on the way to work and sometimes when I spin and even when I'm in the kitchen cooking. If you haven't tried audio books before, I highly recommend it. Then, the fun never ends 🙂

    Brilliant granola. Makes me want to call in sick to munch and read all day!

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    Erin — August 9, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    What a great Granola recipe! I have never made my own before. I love the idea of peanut butter in it!

    You are are a crazy interval runner! Good for you! I am just not a fan at all!

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    Laurie@The Baking Bookworm — August 9, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    Balancing reading and baking? You're speakin' my language!! 😉 I've read "Sarah's Key" and really liked it. I read over 100 books last year so to pick just one that hooked me right away is hard.

    The book that popped into my head though is a book by Canadian author Susanna Kearsley. Have you read "Winter Sea" (also known as "Sophia's Secret" in the US)?? Fantastic read!!! I read it several years ago (pre-blog) so I don't have a personal review for you but I do plan to read it again since I bought a copy for my Kindle.

    Back to the granola — looks great. I love sprinkling it over yogurt … but on a treadmill that might not be such a good idea. 😉

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    Lolly — August 9, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    I read the Hunger Games series in June and it had me hooked from start to finish. It's very good. The granola looks wonderful- I love peanut butter!

  5. #
    Bev Weidner — August 9, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Luuurve the granola!

    As far as books, any and all of Emily Giffin. She's brilliant!

  6. #
    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — August 9, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    Love this granola, sounds fantastic! And I must say just as Lolly said, I LOVED Hunger Games!! I literally read the first 2 books within a few days, couldn't put it down 🙂 Enjoy Sarah's Key!

  7. #
    claire — August 9, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    Peanut butter granola is the IN thing now. I have got toeat it!

  8. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 9, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    Oh yum! This looks delish! I wish I had time to read a book. I got a Nook back in January with the intentions to do more reading but I haven't used it as much as I hoped. I'll have to download and check out Sarah's Key. Looks like a good one to break in my Nook again! 🙂

  9. #
    DD — August 9, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    peanut butter granola looks yumm!!! this is new to me!!! I'll not read books I know its a bad habit. But I didn't find time to read!!!

  10. #
    Kate@Diethood — August 9, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    I can't remember the last time I had a minute to read a book. :/ … Maybe when the kids grow up. Or kid.

    I love making my own granola! I, too, add in some PB and that makes it totally better!!

  11. #
    Kim Bee — August 9, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    I love granola which is weird as I am not a "fit individual". But it's just so yummy. I sadly have not been reading much these days. I just started Jodi Picoult's new one but free time is rare and the real housewives keep sucking me back in. Great workout. I keep wondering if it rubs off by osmosis and I won't actually have to work out. I need to get my butt motivated again.

  12. #
    Courtney — August 9, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    looks yummy! good job on the treadmill, i honestly cant do it, i get so bored and apparently have the attention span of a 10 year old! anyway my favorite book that I could not put down was Violets in March. I was so sad that it ended because I wanted to read more!

  13. #
    Steph — August 9, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    I am a peanut butter freak, sothis granola sounds so perfect for my morning yogurt bowl! I've gotta try this ASAP

  14. #
    Sarah — August 9, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    I've heard such great things about that book- it's sitting on my shelf at home but I haven't opened it yet!

    Peanut Butter Granola? Yeah, I'm going to have to try that ASAP!

  15. #
    Peggy — August 9, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    I'm in a book club, so I regularly read a new book every month. Definitely will check this one out for next month!

    We just read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (it's kind of a young adult read – but really, anyone can relate)… it was definitely a page-turner!

  16. #
    Ann — August 9, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    Hi Cassie! The granola looks amazing! I'm sorry you fell off the treadmill…be careful! I read for pleasure often….but strictly romance books….or cookbooks!

  17. #
    Tina — August 10, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    Make granola and read all day-sounds like a relaxing day! Your granola looks so tasty. Peanut butter flavor really sounds good-yum!

  18. #
    Lizzy — August 10, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    Oh, I loved Sarah's Key, too! If only I could blog and read at the same time 🙂

    Here are a few favorites from this summer:

    State of Wonder
    Faith: The Novel
    The Paris Wife

  19. #
    meeshiesmom — August 10, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Can't wait to make this granola, it sounds wonderful. I must admit I read a lot, but I never snack and read…

  20. #
    kitchenarian — August 10, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    I love peanut butter in my granola. Great recipe! I heard about this books a few months ago and I have been wanting to read it. Thanks for the reminder.

  21. #
    Angie's Recipes — August 10, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Peanut butter granola…that makes me smile ;-)) I love it!

  22. #
    Manu — August 10, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    This granola looks so delicious!!!

    I love reading… since I had kids and tarted blogging though I must admit I am not reading as much as I'd like to… I just to have enough time! sigh

    There is a book that I'd read over and over again (which considering that fact that it is approximately 1400 pages long is a great achievement). It is "A suitable boy" by Vikram Seth. I just love it and I could not stop reading it… When I finished my only thought was… I wish there were another 1400 pages left to read!!!

  23. #
    Sandra — August 10, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    Great recipe for PB and Granola..I can't wait to try it!

  24. #
    Jennifer — August 11, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    Haha, you sound like a real book worm. Wish I had the time to read. Love granola and peanut butter in it – that's a bonus.


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