Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Truth about Peanut Butter Granola.

I've been churning out a lot of granola lately. Indeed, if you called me a little granola factory, I'd probably whip my head around to see who'd noticed, then thank you for the compliment. I like it since it's tasty-good and fits into my new gluten free lifestyle like a well crafted glove. It's also easy-peasy and much cheaper than the store-scored kind. Also, making your own cereal is the epitome of DIY. Seriously, whip up a batch for yourself and experience what it truly feels like to be a wheat-free badass. I used to fear homemade granola, in my closed mindedness, I thought it was too labor intensive, too fatty, and just sorta passe. However, I'm glad to report I'm a changed gal now, and I think a better person for it too. Since there's something so intensely satisfying and good about a warm bowl of fresh granola, I'll eat it with my hands, thank you very much.
I've been running with Celine's granola recipes since they call for sundries I usually always have around, and better still, stuff I'm trying to use up before we move--like brown rice flour and milled flax. My current favorite is her Peanut Butter and Chips variety using maple syrup. Hark! If you decide to make it with the chips, be ye warned. Granola covered in a thin layer of chocolate or butterscotch, like Celine instructs, is more like a gateway breakfast than anything else. Before you know it, you'll find yourself tucked away into a darkened back corner, shoving glazed donuts and chocolate chip pancakes down your pie hole every morning before the sun has even come up. Since I'm XkitteeX, I prefer it naked in all it's peanut butter glory, sans chips or anything else, save a few pecans.

xo
kittee

30 comments:

  1. I'm gonna put on some Phish and make some granola! Hippie stereotypes be damned!

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  2. I am a granola virgin. You and Celine have made me want to become a granola slut!

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  3. Yummmmm. I am not xLesliex, so I would want all manner of debaucherous chips in mine! Chips chips chips!!!

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  4. What prompted you to go gluten free, if I may ask?

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  5. warrior two: i went gluten free because i wanted to see if it decreased the muscle pain i experience from fibromyalgia. i'm sticking with it for a few months to see if i flare or not.

    xo
    kittee

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  6. wow. looks so delicious. I used to make homemade granola all the time, but I've fallen off the wagon. Peanut Butter granola sounds extra yums.

    Hey, I have a NOLA question for you. I don't know if your upcoming move has you leaving the area, but I'm coming to New Orleans for the first time in January. I'm coming for a yoga workshop, I think it's 10 days long. Are you gonna be around? It'd be fun to meet up! Also, I'm considering renting a car and taking a few extra days to explore Lousiana. Anything special you'd recommend? If you can't be bothered, I totally understand! :) ha ha.

    Amey
    ameyfm at yahoo dot com

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  7. After never having eaten Granola in my life, I recently discovered the joys of making your own. I've yet to make a peanut butter version, but can't wait till I do!

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  8. And the award for best review of a granola recipe ever goes to Kittee! That recipe does sound like delicious disaster. (smile)

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  9. I didn't know you have fibro. :(

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  10. I make my own granola (makes me feel all hippy-chicish, but I'd not thought of pb granola...until now you genius!

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  11. Oooh, this sounds so scary that I think I'm fortunate not to have easy access to peanut butter (geographically challenged). :)

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  12. ohh my god. this stuff would tempt me, too!! i try not to think about how many calories or fat is in what i'm eating. that's probably not too healthy, but at the same time, i'm not letting it get to me. i would definitely have a heaping amount of this!

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  13. Ooooooh Kittee this sounds delicious!
    The peanut butter granola sounds a little like a simple toasted buckwheat cereal I make with roasted cashew butter and agave nectar. http://whatscookinerndog.blogspot.com/2008/06/crunchy-buckwheat-cereal.html It's gluten-free too. I'm going to have to try yours subbing with cashew butter!
    ~Erin

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  14. i-bowla, you bowla, we all bowla for lotsa granola!

    this rhyming thing is a pattern for me. btw, my husband has a fibro-type illness, and i wonder if gluten free would help him.

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  15. You little granola factory, You.

    I don't think I've ever made granola. That's gotta change.

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  16. i've been making granola lately too!

    if i had any idea of easy it was, i would have never spent all those years trying to figure out which granola is the best from the bulk bins at my local co-op!

    thanks so much for the recipe link, too! even more granola to make now!

    my latest experiment, using bananas, was somewhat of a gooshy failure, so this new recipe is inspiring!

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  17. It's been too long since I made some granola...the PB version sounds sublime. I bought a great packet of Granola in Peru, which was flavored with some sort of local syrup.

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  18. I haven't gotten around to making granola yet, but this looks fantastic! I think I'd follow your lead and omit the chips though... that much sweetness that early in the morning doesn't work so well for me! Of course, there could always be dessert granola... ;)

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  19. I haven't made my own granola in ages. Adding peanut butter is just the enticement I needed!

    Added your blog to my list of links :-) Sorry it wasn't there already.. I haven't been great at keeping it up!

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  20. Gluten just sounds nasty. I have never made or purchased pre-made granola. I don't really know how you're supposed to eat it. Do you put soy milk on it? You said with your hands? Oh and, I tagged you on my blog. I'm sure I'm not the first! :)

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  21. First, that sounds like a super yummy granola.

    Second, I just realized that I can make granola to give away as Christmas gifts.

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  22. I love homemade granola, it's always way better than the stuff I've bought in the supermarket. PB flavour though, LOVING that idea!!

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  23. nomnomnomnomnom. that is me eating your granola. :)

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  24. I was sooo into it, I made everything right and then I burned the whole thing :(

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  25. Thanks so much for featuring this - not being a fan of the bird-seed-gum-lacerating type of granola, I gave this a go and it is dreamy. Also I have an early (and very cold) start to my commute every morning, and a bowl of this is incredibly sustaining. It's nutrient-packed, high fibre, and calorific, so it keeps me going in work until lunchtime. Great stuff!!

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  26. that looks so good

    then again, so does anything peanut butter related

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  27. You sold me with the milled flax! I am all over this. Thanks for the inspiration kittee!

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