PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA WITH GRAPE FROSTING

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Heather “Cupcakes” Saffer, Cupcake Wars winner and lover of all things sweet, is here to share a peanut butter granola recipe from her new book, The Dollop Book of Frosting. This granola is a delicious, earthy treat that will do your body good. Here’s how she found the perfect frosting to top it off.

“One day I came upon a farmers’ market and decided to stop for nothing in particular. I’m so glad I did because that day I discovered the pure heavenly deliciousness of fresh Concord grapes. Buying a bundle, the first thing I did with them was rush to the kitchen to make this Concord grape frosting! It’s like nothing you can even imagine—the juiciness, the freshness, the way the grapes burst through the creamy vanilla of the buttercream. Insane! If grapes are out of season, you can use preserves, but earmark this page and date your calendar for mid-September when the grapes are ripe for the picking. You won’t want to miss this.”

 

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GRANOLA:

–2 cups natural crunchy peanut butter
–2 cups gluten-free or regular oats
–½ cup honey or agave nectar
–½ cup dried cranberries
–1/8 teaspoon coarse sea salt
–1 batch Concord grape frosting (recipe below)*

Yields: About 4–5 cups of granola

CONCORD GRAPE FROSTING:

–¼ cup butter, softened (can use vegan butter as well)
–1 teaspoon vanilla
–1¼ cups powdered sugar
–7 teaspoons Concord grape preserves, or 4 or 5 fresh crushed Concord grapes

Yields: About 1 cup

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GRANOLA: 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until well blended.
2. Press mixture firmly into a small square baking dish, about ½” thickness, and bake for 20–25 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Scoop desired amount of granola in a bowl and top with a small scoop of Concord grape frosting.
4. Stir and enjoy!

CONCORD GRAPE FROSTING:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip butter with vanilla for about 2 minutes.
2. Add sugar and Concord grape preserves and continuing mixing, about 5 minutes. Note: If using fresh Concord grapes, remove the skins and seeds and add the flesh to your frosting. The flesh of 4 or 5 grapes should be enough, but taste as you go. If you add too many, the frosting will start to separate, so be careful.

What do you usually add to your granola? Tell us in the comments!

Recipe and pictures provided by Heather Saffer.
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