Monday, October 12, 2009

Waltzing into fall, I am noticing a distinct urge to eat carbs. We have salad greens, kale, and the like stuffed into our fridge which need to be eaten...but all I want are noodles and potatoes and rice. I can't say I've necessarily been so keenly aware of this drive before (though I'm sure it's been there), and it catches me a bit off guard in my attempt to eat a well-rounded diet.

Alas, two more carby recipes!

25. Peanut Granola, pg. 93

Another theme seems to be starting -- peanut butter! I'm trying to think of new things to say about all these granolas, and I feel like I end up saying the same thing. :) I liked this granola because of the peanuty-factor, but felt it a bit heavy. I see this recipe as a more parfait-friendly or apple crisp topping granola. Alone, it might weigh you down for the day. It stays together well in clumps, which is always a plus in my book, opposed to the everyone-for-themselves, scattered granolas.

Do leave it in for at least 30 minutes. I left it in for nearly 40 before I was satisfied with its dryness.

Overall: 3.4 out of 5 Use as an accessory, not a main breakfast cereal unless you've got a strong stomach.

26. Cinnamon-topped Oatmeal Muffins, pg. 71

More oatmeal! Quite simple, with likely no need to run to the grocery, these little guys come together in a jiffy. But beware: the batter is seriously runny. I was extremely skeptical that these would turn out as I stirred everything together at how juicy it was. Since we're not huge fans of lots of raisins in baked goods, I supplemented the raisins with a small handful of chocolate chips. Next time, I might just leave all the raisins out and go straight to the chocolate, but change it as your preferences demand. Any dried fruit would be tasty, I think.

A few changes: The topping was dreadfully scant, and I would recommend doubling the topping if you want to be able to taste the cinnamon at all. Now a day old, these little guys aren't nearly as good as they were fresh out of the oven yesterday morning. I found the recipe only made 9 muffins, as opposed to the dozen stated. As these are runny to start, they may need up to 20-25 minutes to bake (versus 15 stated).

Overall: 2.6 out of 5 I've had many a better muffin. Make these only if you love SUPER moist muffins which need a lot of recipe attention when you're making them.


  1. why is everyone hating on moist granola!?

  2. David -
    I'm a fan of medium-moisture granola! I've had problems in the past with too-crisp granolas, which often are the ones without the lovely clumps. So, I think moisture-wise, this one is pretty good. Perhaps you prefer wet granola...? :)


  3. As I read this I'm eating cheesecake, brownie, and strawberry sauce. Yay, carbs!