You know those foods, right? The foods that seem to be calling your name, and there’s no point in even trying to resist them because, well, it’s impossible.
For me, there are two foods that are completely and utterly irresistible:
So it’s no surprise that I’ve been eating this cookie granola straight out of the container with my hands.
But I also managed to find a much prettier (and more dignified) way to eat this granola: a granola parfait! It’s layers of this addictive granola, yogurt, sliced bananas and blueberries. Highly recommended (although eating it straight out of the container is good too!)
As regular readers will know, I’ve recently received an early Christmas present from Peanut Butter & Co. in the form of five jars of delicious peanut butter. Of course, the first thing I had to do was eat peanut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon. The way I saw it, that was mandatory.
When I tried the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, the first thing I thought was: “O-M-G, it tastes like oatmeal raisin cookies!” It’s like cookie dough. But it’s also peanut butter. Hot diggity damn, people.
Since I’m already a ginormous fan of eating cookies for breakfast, I knew I had to use this peanut butter to ‘cookie-ize’ some other breakfast foods, starting with this granola. The peanut butter adds that special touch that completes the ‘cookie’ experience.
And let me tell you this: it’s a damn fine experience.
If you’re a granola fiend like myself, then you’re in luck. You wouldn’t guess it from the name, but this granola is surprisingly healthy. It’s oil-free, packed with protein, fibre and other goodness.
Plus, I reduced the maple syrup/liquid sweetener by using a not-so-secret ingredient: dates.
I’ve given a weight (in ounces and grams) in the recipe, since dates vary so much in size. I used the cheaper, dried dates (I think they’re technically called ‘deglet-noor dates’), but I’m sure medjool dates would work too. Just note that the weight given is for pitted dates.
How does that work? I don’t know. Granola wizards, perhaps.
Food wizards totally exist, right?
Question of the Day:
What foods do you find absolutely addictive and/or irresistible? I’m going to have to add one more thing to my list of irresistible foods: pancakes.
- 4 oz. (115g) dates
- ⅓ cup Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ - 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup almond meal
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 340°F (170°C). Line a baking tray with non-stick paper.
- Soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes. Drain, and then puree using either a blender or food processor.
- In a large bowl, mix together the pureed dates, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Add the oats and mix until completely combined. If necessary, use your hands to ensure the oats are evenly distributed.
- Mix in the almond meal, and then stir in the chopped walnuts.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking tray. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, frequently removing the tray from the oven and mixing the granola around with a fork (at least three times). Keep an eye on it – especially during the last 10 minutes – as granola can burn easily.
- Allow the granola to cool. Ideally, transfer the granola off the hot baking tray and onto a clean surface or sheet of non-stick paper.
- Once cooled, stir in the raisins and store in an airtight container. Enjoy with yogurt and fruit, or just by the handful.
I used 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses, but I am a big fan of it
If you can't get Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter, I'd recommend using regular peanut butter. Also increase the cinnamon by around ⅛ tsp and add in a few more raisins