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.