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The peanut butter has an odd effect of tenderizing the granola, making it more like crumble topping or streusel than granola. (Amy Thielen / For the Enterprise)

Recipe-phile: Peanut butter granola is a surefire winter kid pleaser

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When the cold settles and starts digging roots, as it has lately, I always get the feeling that I should be making more granola.

I love my mother-in-law's granola when I'm at her house: the almost burnt peanuts, the way the darkened clumps bleed into the milk and turn it beige.

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But I'm never totally happy with the granola I try to make at home. It's never as sweet nor as crisp as it should be, never quite good enough to make me forsake my daily fried egg and toast.

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