“Honey, I’m Home!” Peanut Butter Granola

Guest post by Mount Saint Vincent University nutrition student,  Abby Berggren.  Thanks Abby!

Locally made honey in Nova Scotia is available year-round from various suppliers, including farmers markets and large grocery stores. Pure Nova Scotia Honey is made by a family farm located in Greenwich in the Annapolis Valley, owned by Tom Cosman and Mary Ann Whidden. They have grown their bee farm from having two beehives in 1979 to currently having 1200 colonies, and making their entire livelihood from beekeeping. Their honey is pure, natural, and unpasteurized.

Not only do bees in Nova Scotia provide an income for beekeeping farms, but they also contribute significantly to our agriculture. Without the pollination of these insects, our province wouldn’t have the variety of fruits and vegetables that it does today. Bees play a vital role in supporting our agriculture (by contributing to more than $400 million to agriculture each year). However, as seen in the film, La Reine Malade/The Ailing Queen, the population of bees is rapidly declining, which will have a negative impact on our nation’s agriculture.

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When most people think of granola, they think of a healthy breakfast and snack food option. However, when you look at the nutrition label of some store bought granolas, you can see that most are actually packed with sugar.

While browsing through one of my favourite healthy living blogs (pbfingers.com) a few months ago, I came across this delicious looking homemade peanut butter granola recipe. I ran right to the kitchen to make it, and was pleasantly surprised! With five simple ingredients (one of them being locally-made honey), this granola is a delightful healthy alternative to the store-bought sugar-packed boxed granola. I bought my honey from my local Sobeys store.

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“Honey, I’m Home!” Peanut Butter Granola

(makes 1 cup of granola)

Ingredients:

\        2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter

\        2 tbsp. honey

\        1/4 tsp. cinnamon

\        1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

\        1 c. oats

Directions:

\        Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

\        Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

\        Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.

\        Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture.

\        Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture.

\        Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 7 – 8 minutes until granola is slightly browned.

\        Let cool until granola is crunchy.

(Marla’s note: For local oats, try Speerville Mill brand, available at most grocery stores.)

Cosman & Whidden Honey: http://www.novascotiahoney.com

Bee Information: http://meetyourfarmer.ca/

Recipe source: http://www.pbfingers.com/2011/06/14/peanut-butter-granola/

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