I’ve got an oatmeal thing going on right now. Last week it was Oatmeal Sausage Crumbles and now today it’s Peanut Butter Pecan Granola. Talk about a diverse use of ingredients! Next I’ll see if I can switch gears and show the multitude of ways you can prepare grapefruit. Just kidding. I don’t think grapefruit is really all that flexible. But then again, you never know…
September has been a month on the road. I love traveling, but here’s the deal. It’s not like we’ve gone anywhere exotic. Darnit! Wouldn’t it be cool if I were describing our recent trip to Hawaii?
OK. Side note. Have I ever told you that I’m from Missouri? Anyone that’s been in our state knows there are regions that have some crazy accents. I just learned that in St. Louis, they have a tendency to pronounce four or forty as “far” and “farty”. Seriously! Have you picked yourself off the floor from laughing yet? Me neither!
My mom is from the Ozarks and I kid you not when she says Hawaii, it sounds like: hi-WHY-ya.
It’s warped my impression of that fine state…but I still want to go.
Have Snacks, Will Travel
Our recent travels have kept us within the state, and we’ve been loving the accents wherever we go. But one thing we know to do when we’re on the road, is to bring along some vegan snacks. There are actually a few reasons I like to bring snacks along when I’m on the road.
Top 5 Reasons to Bring Along Vegan Snack When Traveling
- Scarcity. Sometimes when you find yourself in the heart of rural Missouri (or wherever), you may not be able to find the same vegan-friendly ingredients you have at home. So if you’re thinking you’ll just throw together some vegan muffins when you get to wherever you’re going, it may not be as easy as you think. I recommend either bringing along those vegan ingredients, or why not just make the muffins ahead of time and bring them with? That way you can enjoy that vacation without having to spend too much time in the kitchen!
- One Fine Meal. When I travel I will oftentimes bring along an instant oatmeal packet (or two) because at least I know I can have a vegan breakfast that way. Most hotels have coffee pot makers now so I just run a cup of water through that to get it good and hot and voila! My instant oatmeal just saved the day! If you bring something like granola, or muffins, or even just that packet of oatmeal, you’ll at least have one meal and maybe a snack covered.
- Underexposed. If you’re traveling with friends or family, bringing some of your pre-baked vegan goodies is a great opportunity to let others see firsthand that vegan isn’t as odd as they think it is. We recently went to Lake of the Ozarks and I brought this granola and shared it with others. We’ve also brought along Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies, and other tasty yummies. I love the look of surprise on people’s faces as they take a bite and realize this stuff is actually good. You don’t have to be into weird food to be vegan!
- Something of Substance. When your travel companions decide on a restaurant and you get there and realize you’re *stuck* with yet another house salad, you’ll at least have something back at the hotel that you can eat later. Now, don’t get me wrong…I love a good salad, but there are times when I’m just craving something a little more substantial. If I know I can have some Tofu Scramble waiting in the fridge back in my room, or maybe even some Black Bean Brownies, then I can relax and look forward to getting some protein. It’s all good!
- Creature Comforts. One of the benefits of traveling is getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things. I love that! But every now and then you want a touch (or a taste) of something familiar. Having a bite or two of this Peanut Butter Granola brings back the flavors of home, and the healthiness of our home-cooked meals. It makes me happy. And that’s one of the things travel is all about!
Why You’ll Love Peanut Butter Pecan Granola
This Peanut Butter Pecan Granola makes a perfect travel snack. And it’s such a big batch that we returned to more of it waiting for us when we got home. Here’s to safe travels, good food, and many fun times in the future!
If you make this granola, I’d love if you shared it. No, I don’t mean you have to let others eat it. You can keep it all to yourself if you’d like! But please share a picture of it on Instagram or Twitter using the #NamelyMarly or @NamelyMarly
- 6 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup pecans roughly chopped
- 1 cup additional nuts pistachio, cashew, almonds, etc,
- ½ cup seeds pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, etc
- ½ cup syrup sweetener maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup dried fruit such as raisins
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Heat your oven to 300Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper (this makes clean-up so much easier).
Combine the oats, pecans, additional nuts, and seeds in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
In a small bowl combine the syrup, peanut butter, and coconut oil. Stir to combine. Heat this in the microwave in 11-second increments until the mixture is smooth enough to spread.
Pour the Peanut Butter Syrup mixture over the oat mixture. Stir, ensuring all the oatmeal and nuts are coated.
Pour the sticky granola mixture onto your prepared pans, distributing it equally across the pan. Place in the even and bake for 10 minutes. Remove both pans from the oven and stir. Return them to the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the granola is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and add the dried fruit. Stir and then set aside to cool. After the granola has cooled, add the chocolate chips.
Store in an airtight container.