The simplest foods that require minimal effort are the best foods, and this peanut butter cherry granola is absolutely amazing. Granola is one of my favorite foods.
It is literally one of the easiest breakfasts on the planet. Best of all, once the peanut butter cherry granola is prepared, there’s no cooking involved. Simply place the granola into a bowl and add your favorite toppings. Featuring peanut butter, cherries, coconut, spices, sea salt, and maple syrup, this peanut butter cherry granola is irresistibly delicious.
What Is Peanut Butter?
Essentially peanut butter is peanuts that are usually roasted and ground until they transform into a paste. Peanut butter is considered to be a relatively unprocessed product.
However, many commercial peanut butter brands contain additives such as sugar, vegetable oils, and trans fat. Consuming too much trans fat is associated with coronary heart disease, a leading cause of death globally resulting in an estimated 17.9 million deaths every year.
Added sugars are a risk factor for cardiometabolic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease. It’s best to limit your consumption of added sugars, so choose a peanut butter that features one single ingredient: peanuts.
A little salt is okay. However, avoid processed peanut butter that contains several additives.
Is Peanut Butter Gluten-Free?
In their natural state, peanuts and peanut butter are gluten-free foods. Most commercial peanut butter brands are gluten-free.
As mentioned above, some store-bought peanut butter can contain additives such as trans fat, oil, sugar, or other additives. Though it is rare, some store-bought peanut butter may contain gluten, so opt for gluten-free.
In addition to this, some brands of peanut butter are produced in facilities where wheat is processed. However, this information is always included in the labeling allowing you to assess your contamination risks before purchasing peanut butter processed in the same facility as wheat.
Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter
Several studies provide evidence that peanuts or peanut oil consumption are linked to reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. In addition to this, peanut and peanut oil consumption may also improve serum lipid profiles, decrease LDL oxidation, and provide a cardioprotective effect.
Peanut and peanut products, including peanuts, peanut oil, and peanut butter, may be used to craft a Monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) rich diet that reduces cholesterol, which is better than a low-fat diet when it comes to CVD protection.
Peanuts were also beneficial in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, cashew, walnuts, almonds, and peanuts have demonstrated their ability to improve plasma antioxidant capacity and plasma oxidized LDL.
Health Benefits Of Cherries
Cherries are classified as drupes, a subspecies of fruit species. Drupes may also be called stone fruits since they have an outer layer of flesh, thin skin, and a pit in the center of the fruit which is in common with stone fruits such as mangoes.
Believe it or not, there are hundreds of varieties of cherries. However, they are two primary types of cherries: sweet cherries, scientifically known as Prunus avium L., and tart cherries, scientifically known as Prunus cerasus L.
Like bell peppers, cherries are a nutrient-dense drupe with a moderately low-calorie count. More importantly, cherries contain notable amounts of essential nutrients and bioactive composites such as potassium, polyphenols, fiber, vitamin C, and carotenoids.
Cherries are also an excellent source of tryptophan, serotonin, and melatonin. Published research from animal and human studies suggests eating cherries may decrease the risk of several chronic inflammatory diseases such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Furthermore, there is also research that suggests consuming cherries may boost sleep and cognitive function. In particular, tart or sour cherries consumption is said to be beneficial to exercise-induced muscle damage.
Peanut Butter Cherry GranolaCourse: Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Recipes, SnacksCuisine: Gluten-Free/VeganDifficulty: Easy
Made with ingredients such as peanut butter, spices, cherries, and oats, this peanut butter cherry granola comes together in less than 25 minutes. This peanut butter cherry granola is spiced perfectly, crisp, sweet, salty with the perfect amount of warm, spicy flavor.
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup tart dried cherries
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Program your oven to 325°F.
- Mix the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, dried cherries, and coconut in a bowl.
- Next, place the peanut butter and maple syrup into a microwave-safe dish and heat it in 30-second bursts until it is a stirrable consistency, then mix until smooth.
- Next, add the vanilla extract, stir to combine, then add the peanut butter maple syrup mixture into the spiced oats and stir to coat the oats, cherries, and coconut in the peanut butter maple syrup mixture.
- Spread the peanut butter cherry granola onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake it for 10 minutes.
- Remove the peanut butter cherry granola from the oven, flip it over and bake it for another 5-8 minutes until slightly golden.
- Let the peanut butter cherry granola cool completely before breaking it into clumps.
- Serve and enjoy!
- NUTRITION: Calories: 155 | Carbohydrates: 17.9g |Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 112mg | Sugar: 8.5g | Vitamin D: 0mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
- NUTRITIONAL INFO DISCLAIMER: The nutritional values presented above are only estimates. I don’t have a medical background, nor am I a registered dietitian or certified nutritionist. Therefore, nutritional information shown on foodandmoodcreations.com should only be used as a general guideline.