Monday, 3 November 2014

Peanut Butter Granola

I officially joined the gym today.  I signed away a large sum of money to be taken out of my account every month for 12 months.  12 months.  I've never been committed to anything for 12 months before -- even my current flat lease, I can choose to end the lease early in just 6 months.  This gym membership, no.  I'm having regrets already.  Well, the sense of regret flooded in as soon as I signed in blood this morning.

Culinary school hasn't been good for my love-handles so I thought it'd be good to join the gym and eat healthy stuff like this.  I used to be addicted to granola.  Granola and coffee made up a large part of my diet when I studied for exams in university.

But I digress.   So I went to the gym for the first time in a month this afternoon  (and prior to that I had a hiatus of about 6 months) and had some of this granola as my pre-gym snack.  I don't have my kitchen scale at home with me as it's in it's all in cups.  It's a granola recipe, so pick and choose your add-ins.  Along with the base of oats, peanut butter and honey, I added cacao nibs, chia seeds and chopped peanuts.  Healthy stuff.  I joined the gym, might as well go all out.  

4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
2 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp cacao nibs
1/2 cup honey (or agave nectar)
1 cup peanut butter
 pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180C and line a large baking tray with grease proof paper.

Mix the rolled oats with a pinch of salt, the peanuts, linseeds and chia seeds. 

Melt the honey and peanut butter together on the stove over a gentle heat or in the microwave until it's not as viscous.  Mix with the dry ingredients.  Spread on lined baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden.

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