Tuesday 30 August 2016

RECIPE: {No Added Sugar} Peanut Butter Granola

I made this granola recipe up one evening, no prior shopping or planning so it's truly a store cupboard creation. It's full of goodness, with no added sugar and so versatile. Granola is typically jammed full of sugar, which is such a shame as it could be a healthy, nutrition filled breakfast option. So I was thinking about how I could create a baby friendly granola with no sugar/honey/maple syrup but still keeping it seriously tasty. By combining pureed apples and mashed banana you have a naturally sweet mixture that I used to coat the porridge oats.

The addition of peanut butter is just delicious and goes so well with the banana and oats, though it can be made without or with an alternative nut butter if you prefer. The optional additions in the ingredients list are just what I had in our kitchen cupboards, you can use whatever you have that is baby friendly. Just ensure that there are no additions that could be a choking hazard. Have fun experimenting and try not to eat it all yourself - this recipe is perfect for adults too!
What you'll need:
2 tsp Coconut oil
3 tsp Peanut butter, I use one that is 100% peanuts so there's no sugar/salt/palm oil
1/2 Apple, peeled, cored and cubed
1/2 Banana, mashed
Porridge oats
Optional additions
Mixed spice
Pumpkin seeds, chopped
Dried apricots, finely chopped
Dried cranberries
Dried blueberries
Desiccated coconut

What to do:
1) Preheat the oven to 150'C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.  
2) Place the cubed apple in a large microwaveable bowl with a splash of water, cover with cling film and microwave for 4 minutes or until completely softened. If you don't have a microwave you could steam/boil them on the stove. Mash the cooked apple with a fork to create a puree. 
3) Add the mashed banana and coconut oil into the apple puree and mix. Stir in the porridge oats until they are completely covered with the apple mixture. Add the mixed spice if using.
4) Tip the oat mixture onto your baking tray, breaking it up with a fork to ensure there are no big chunks. Bake for 10 minutes.
5) Remove the tray from the oven and tip the oat mixture back into your microwaveable bowl. Break it up with a fork and add the desiccated coconut, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried apricots, pumpkin seed, raisins and peanut butter. Stir really well, so that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. 
6) Tip back onto the baking tray and return to the oven for a further 5-10 minutes. This depends on how soft you want the granola to be, I wanted it on the softer side for Isabella so cooked it for about 7 minutes.
7) Allow to cool completely and store in an air tight container. Isabella enjoys this granola sprinkled over yogurt, baked fruit or just nibbling it as it is. 
Which optional additions would you or your little one enjoy?

Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x 


  1. Peanut butter just makes everything better. This looks lush x

  2. Looks delish! I think I would do it with Almond Butter, only because I prefer it to peanut #thelist

  3. This looks great and perfect for adding to puddings for little ones. I've bookmarked this as I'm going to try this next week. I know my children would love it on ice-cream!

  4. This looks yummy! I've got a little one just starting solids, so will remember this for the future! x


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