Peanut Butter Flax Power Granola – Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway


Low Carb Granola RecipeMany moons ago, after her divorce, my mother started doing a series of Outward Bound courses.  She did the basic three-week canoe trip in northern Ontario.  She did mountaineering in the Rockies.  She did a sailing course in the Caribbean.  She even did a dog-sledding course in Yukon or the Northwest Territories or some other frigid, godforsaken place.  There is no question that these courses were integral for her in rebuilding her life and becoming a confident, self-assured single woman in her 40s.  All very impressive stuff, indeed.  But perhaps the most important thing she gained from these exploits was granola.  Okay, I hear snorts of laughter at that.  But this is a food blog, what did you expect me to say?

In all seriousness though, along with all the character-building stuff came a tried and true recipe for Outward Bound granola that we made for years.  Years and years and my mother still makes it to this day.  Her household is not allowed to be without a batch of the granola for more than about 5 minutes.  It’s gone through many permutations since its origin, including a decadent chocolate version that my older brother invented when he added chocolate chips to warm-from-the-oven granola.  These days it’s filled with all sorts of healthy stuff, grains and seeds and dried fruits.  So you can see I come by my love of granola honestly.

Grain Free Granola

The problem is that your typical granola is not so healthy for ME.  The copious amount of oats, other grains and lots of sugar mean that just looking at it gives me a blood sugar rise.  And I will confess that I miss granola, along with other sorts of breakfast cereals.  I invented my own grain-free, sugar-free granola for Volume 1 of Low Carbing Among Friends and it was delicious.  So when Bob’s Red Mill sent me some wonderful, gluten-free products to review, I decided to try another low carb granola, this time with peanut butter and lots of protein.  A power breakfast to say the least (especially mixed in with some Greek yogurt…mmmmm).

Bob’s Red Mill hardly needed to ask me to review their products.  I’ve been a fan for a long time and I always have some of their stuff in my cupboards.  Even before they sent me a package of goodies, I already had their coconut flour, xanthan gum, regular flax meal, flaked coconut and oat flour on the go.  I’ve now got hazelnut meal, golden flax meal, guar gum and GF all-purpose flour (for my kids) to add to the collection.  They have such a wide variety of gluten-free products and I’ve had great success with every one I’ve tried.

Low Carb, Gluten Free Granola

And Bob’s is also generously allowing me to give away $20 gift cards to three of my readers.  So please leave a comment and enter to win some Bob’s Red Mill products!

Giveaway Rules: Giveaway Closed!


Peanut Butter Flax Power Granola – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: Approx. 1/2 cup


  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup flax seed meal (I used Bob's Red Mill Organic Golden Flax Seed Meal) OR 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated erythritol (I used Swerve)
  • 20 drops stevia extract
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 300F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, process almonds and pecans until they resemble coarse crumbs with some larger pieces. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in flax seed meal, sunflower seeds and vanilla protein powder.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt peanut butter, butter and erythritol together until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in stevia extract.
  4. Pour peanut butter mixture over nut mixture and stir well, tossing lightly. Stir in water. Mixture will clump together.
  5. Spread mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until golden and beginning to crisp. Turn off oven and let sit for another 20 minutes or so.


Serves 10. Each serving has a total of 9.9 g of carbs and 5.4 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 4.5 g.

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    • says

      I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for 2 1/2 years and have lost about 30 pounds, but want to lose more. I “happened” across your site and wanted to tell you what success I had with Bob’s soy flour. It was for a recipe for pecan pancakes that tasted remarkedly good! Love your recipes and keep up the good work!!

  1. says

    Hands down I love his gluten -free brownie mix.. I have added everything but the kitchen sink to them, and they still turn out amazing! Just ran out of flax yesterday, and your blog popped up today! On my grocery list.

  2. Lorna says

    I haven’t tried that many things from Bob’s Red Mill, though I love that they have such a wide variety of different flour types to choose from. I would certainly love to try more.

  3. Arhelia says

    I’m just starting on my journey into Low-Carb and mostly Gluten Free and this granola will be a great snack on my work travel next week! I’m perusing your site for any other make ahead things that I can take with me to avoid the pastries and other carb-filled goodies that will be around all week.

    I’ve just started using Bob’s Red Mill products in my pantry makeover and love them!

  4. Jamie says

    I use a lot of the Bob’s Red Mill products as well (coconut flour, unsweetened coconut flakes (to make homemade coconut milk), xantham gum and soy flour. But, by and large, my favorite product is definitely the coconut flour. I buy it by the 4 pack on amazon since we use it so much in our house!!

  5. JennM says

    In my kitchen right now I have Bob’s Red Mill almond flour, coconut flour and xantham gum! Their products are great.

  6. says

    How boring these comments must be for you! I follow bobs on FB now too :)

    Q-does oatmeal affect your blood sugar a lot? It’s the one “higher” carb thing that I actually eat. Just curious how strongly it affects you and if you ever eat even a small amount. P.S. I am definitely going to make this granola!! My kids and I both love the stuff.

  7. MaryB says

    We love Bob’s Red Mill grain cereals – 6 grain, 9 grain, etc. but I really love all their products. I am so lucky it is located only about a 45 minute drive from where I live. LOVE going there!

  8. Susan says

    yeah for Bob’s Red Mill! I have more products in my cupboards of their than
    I can name. I especially like the low carb baking mix. Thank you for the
    opportunity to win one of the gift cards.

    PS. the cinnamon rolls were YUMMY!

  9. says

    My favorite Bob’s Red Mill product is the Organic Golden Flaxseed… I guess, since I have to pick a favorite but I truly have never been disappointed in any Bob’s Red Mill Product! I will be making this recipe over the weekend! I, too, LOVE granola and am also grain-free so this is perfect!

  10. says

    Carolyn don’t enter me since I’m a Canuck. But I just wanted to stop by and say how gorgeous this is. I love that your mom did the outward bound stuff. I’m an Ontario girl so I grew up going canoeing and hiking. I love the idea of a strong woman raising kids, makes me smile.

  11. Cathy says

    I recently started following your blog and love your low-carb, sugar-free recipe ideas. I’ve been a fan of Bob’s Red Mill for quite some time. I’ve never been disappointed in any of their products. I use their golden flaxseed meal religiously, and have also used their coconut flour and unsweetened coconut. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  12. says

    I need to get some more protein into my breakfast…and your granola looks like a delicious way to do so! My version is just full of carbs and not the best way to start the day! I buy Bob’e Red Mill Wheat Bran most frequently…but I’m a big fan of all their products!

  13. says

    I totally agree regarding typical granola not being “health”. It has so much sugar in it for one thing!

    This is a great idea for a giveaway! My favorite Bob’s products are graham flour, chickpea flour, coconut flour and their arrow root. I also use their unbleached AP flour, and LOVE their flax mill. I sprinkle it on everything!

  14. wanda ,arumoto says

    Wow can’t wait to try the Granola. Bob’s Red Mill is one of my favorite brands, our publix store carry many of their products.

  15. Holly says

    I love many of Bob’s Red Mill products, but I think the best are their coconut flour and flax seeds.

  16. Holly says

    I liked your Facebook page as well. I cannot wait to make your PB granola. I eat gluten free, but I usually put oats in my PB granola. This will be a great new option. Thank you!

    • Carolyn says

      Hi Amy! Looks like you won one of the giftcards. Can you send me your mailing address? Email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. jen says

    Oh I am seriously trying this recipe!! Favorite Bobs Redmill, right now it has to be coconut and almond flour!

    • Carolyn says

      Hi Jen! You won a giftcard to Bob’s Red Mill. Please email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  18. Donna Humphrey says

    I love their golden flax seed meal! I really admire your mom’s accomplishments an your recipes! (I have Low Carbing Among Friends vol 1)

  19. Angie Schuman says

    LOL~I commented on your fb page 😉 I followed everything and would LOVE to be a winner. I used to use his corn meal and could have bought stock in steel cut oats, but since I’ve gone back to low carb I must admit I just stayed away from his products thinking he no longer had anything for me :( I would love to starting using his products again AND make this recipe!! I’ve been craving granola and this looks FANTASTIC!!!

  20. says

    Love Bob’s Red Mill! I have so many favorites, but my top two are the oat flour and almond meal. Peanut butter added to anything makes it better and I like that you added protein to the granola…..will definitely have to give this a try.

  21. Eric says

    Wow! LC granola… who’d a thunk? Kudo’s to you for coming up with it. Bob’s Red Mill is the kind of company we need to see more of, but unfortunately don’t. I love their almond flour, Hazelnut meal, and coconut flour. As an Outward Bound alumnus, I have fond (though distant) memories of chilly mornings scarfing down bowls of granola, and can’t wait to do so again.


  22. Steph says

    Thanks for the recipe! I am in no way gluten intolerant but since January of this year have removed most gluten from my diet because of inspiration from my best friend. She is gluten intolerant and me, being an avid baker, wanted to prove to her that you can still eat wonderful baked treats without getting sick. My 7 month conversion in baking has been challenging (and fun!) and I have to say that I really enjoy Bob’s Red Mill brownie mix–it works great for stuffed brownies! I also have tried the almond meal, xanthan gum, white rice flour, tapioca flour & GF oats.

  23. says

    I recently discovered your blog and I LOVE it! I am not gluten intolerant but am always watching my weight and am concerned about carb and sugar intake so I love to try your recipes! I recently did the carmel peanut butter bars and they were to die for. I just printed this granola recipe and intend on trying it! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Jamie says

    I like Bob’s Red Mill Almond meal, but all of the products I’ve tried have been great. Just starting the low-carb, gluten free way of life.

  25. Lisa Hiatt says

    Well before i went low carb, I loved Bob’s pancake mix. Now I use the almond flower, coconut flour and I think I have some xanthum gum…I haven’t tried that to thicken yet…but heard it can be used for that. I will have to try that for gravy! This recipe looks fabulous! I Can’t WAIT to try it!

  26. cindy says

    I look forward to seeing your posts on FB because your picstures always look so yummy and I know they wll be lo carb.

  27. says

    Bob’s is 15 minutes away from my house and they have AWESOME bulk pricing at the mill. If you are ever in Portland, you must have breakfast there. It’s ahhhhhmazing.

  28. cindy says

    I am a diabetic who had gestational diabetes during my third pregnancy. However, I like Bobs’ Red Mill on FB because that is the least of my challenges. My two daughters are vegan and one is sensitive to Pnut Butter and the other is allergic to Sundflower Seeds. Now they are a challenge to cook for. Especially since one is prediabetic and the other is hypoglycemic it is a real challenge to keep them full of protein under their dietary constraints.

  29. Edia says

    Im exploring new flours and would love to try one of Bob’s flours…particularly the Garbanzo Bean Flour!

  30. Jeffrey says

    I like Bob’s quinoa and quinoa flour. It gives me a nice boost since I run a lot and eat very little meat.

  31. katherine d says

    i love bob’s red mill garbanzo bean flour – perfect for gluten free cake!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. Trisha says

    Almond Flour. I haven’t tried very many yet – 3 to be exact. But I had found some low carb (happen to be GF) recipes. I had every intention of making MY OWN almond flour for weeks and weeks (and weeks). And I could not make the two recipes I wanted to try w/o it. Finally, one day, by chance I found myself in a Whole Foods and standing right in front of the almond flour and coconut flour – and I thought. forget about it. BUY the almond flour to see if your recipes are as great as you thought you may never get the stupid homemade almond flour !!!! And they were. And I still can’t find time to try to make it, so I bought the coconut flour too and just got another almond flour. !!

    • Tammy says

      And I love your story about your mother. I am in my 40’s and I am just starting to explore the world and learn new things. It is awesome. Love it.

  33. Dita MacDonald says

    I love your website. Your recipes are really terrific. I love Bob’s Red Mill products, especially the almond flour and coconut flour.

  34. Margaret says

    My favorite Bob’s Red Mill product is a touch choice. I use a lot of their products, but I’ll say the Gluten Free Oatmeal is very popular at my house right now.

  35. Jennifer H says

    We just started a gluten and casein free diet for our children and love new recipes I can make for my kids. Bob’s GF flours are awesome and enable me to keep some “normal” foods in their diet.

  36. Chad says

    I am a husband and honestly do most of the cooking. I am very health conscious so I also make random baked goods involving protein in some form or another. I wish I could comment on Bob Mill’s products but the truth is I have never used them, either way this looks incredible to take to the trails or on a bike ride.

    • Carolyn says

      I think that’s wonderful. My husband loves to cook…his only problem is that I do too and I usually take over the kitchen. BRM is great stuff, very healthy if you can find it at your local grocery store.

  37. says

    I love peanut butter granola! I actually love the idea of making a grain free granola with processed nuts! I’ll have to try this sometime! After I eat the enormous batch I made today ;).

    PS not entering the giveaway

  38. Deborah says

    I adore their gluten-free line. It’s been a lifesaver since I discovered that I had a gluten sensitivity. I particularly adore their gf chocolate chip cookie mix for obvious reasons

  39. Alisa says

    I battle severe Fibromyalgia/CFS and have found that following a low carb diet helps ease the pain. I ran across your FaceBook site and have tried quite a few of the recipes there and also from this blog. Great info, which generally helps keep me curb my cravings of carbs. I use a lot of Bob’s Red Mill products. What a Blessing your site and their products are.
    Now…to find a site that sells willpower to keep me on track! :o)

    • Carolyn says

      LOL, if you find a place that sells willpower, let me know! I could use some of that at times. I am fascinated that low carb helps battle Fybromyalgia. Do you follow gluten-free as well? Makes me wonder if gluten has anything to do with it…

      • Alisa says

        While doing the low carb, I avoid all wheat products, which of course are rich in carbs ;o( I’ve wondered also about the gluten factor. Not overly sure of the correlation of the Fibro/CFS relief via a low carb diet, as there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the peaks and valleys in their symptoms, nor could my specialist that I was referred to by Mayo Clinic. For myself, I seem to feel better for the most part while sticking strictly to the very low carb per day. I tend to use Almond and Coconut flours to replace the wheat flour.
        I have done some research to see if anyone has noticed the same relief and came up with a few docs/clinics that have wrote on the subject. Dr. Paul St Amand has stated that patients with fibromyalgia tend to have increased carbohydrate cravings and low carbohydrate diets may reduce their pain and fatigue..
        Hopefully, one day they will find a cure. In the meantime… ;o)

  40. Hannah says

    Just discovered your blog, awesome! I’m gradually transitioning over to eating low-carb and gluten-free, but it’s been a bit tricky as I’m also 99% vegan. :) This recipe should be perfect for me, however. I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill Coconut and Almond flours, I use these all the time. . . and I also have a bag of BRM Flax Seeds, X Gum, GF hot cereal, and tapioca flour in my cupboard right now. Thanks so much!! -Hannah

    • Carolyn says

      I can imagine that being vegan and going low carb is pretty tough. This recipes would easily be something you can make over, just putting in coconut oil for the butter.

  41. Beverly Hingle says

    Have all the ingredients, cant wait to make this granola! Thanks for recipe and congratulations on all you’ve accomplished!

    • Carolyn says

      Hi Michelle. Looks like you won one of the giftcards! Please email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com with your mailing address. Thanks!

  42. Stacy Wade says

    I am grain free and my son is gluten free, so we really like Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour and flax meal. This recipe is right up my alley. I wonder if it can be dehydrated as well. Do you soak your nuts overnight?

    I “liked” both your page and Bob’s Red Mill page on facebook as well.

    • Carolyn says

      I think this would work just fine in a dehydrator, although I dont’ know how long you’d have to do it for. I don’t soak my nuts, but I don’t see how that would hurt.

  43. says

    This seems like the perfect recipe to make for my boyfriend and I as we are kick starting our diet! I love the site and will definitely be referencing it more for some healthy low-carb recipes!

  44. says

    How do you pick just one favorite when it comes to Bob’s Red Mill? Almond Flour–great shortbread, Golden Flax Meal–a must for edible MiM’s, Coconut Flour–a great substitute for cornmeal…the list goes on and on.

    • Patti says

      I found your blog today and am so happy. I use Bob’s Red Mill’s items for so many things. Thank you for this Granola recipe as this is what I put in my morning Fage.

  45. says

    I just made a batch of this granola and it is delicious. I only had choc protein powder so I used that. I have found that this is unbelievably good on ice-cream. I imagine it would make a great cheesecake base too…..definitely going to try that :)
    Love the blog.

  46. Heather from Canada says

    This was incredible! I added a healthy splash of cinnamon to mine, plus some leftover dried cranberries (recipe also from this site). I like it better than the old granola with grain and sugar! Will definitely keep this stocked in my pantry from now on; will help with days when I’m tired and not sure what I feel like eating. I also swapped out the peanut butter for almond butter since I don’t eat peanuts. Thanks!!

      • Heather from Canada says

        Yes, so yummy I found myself standing over the pan and shoving it in my face every time I walked through the kitchen! Not something I do very often. So thanks!! I’ve been wanting something snacky so desperately!

  47. says

    Thanks for the recipe! I love Bob’s red Mill products! It is a lot more expensive to live a life of ‘clean’ eating, wheat & gluten free, when it comes to the groceries, but it has been so rewarding! The past 6 1/2 months I have improved my joint pain and inflammation by 80%, my mental alertness has tripled and I have lost FIFTY pounds ! Good luck to us all!!

  48. says

    My favorite Bob’s Red Mill product is Organic Golden Flax Seed Meal.

    I already like you on facebook and also liked Bobs Redmill on Facebook too.

    I love your website and recipes!

  49. rebecca says

    Hi, I have been a lurker on your site for a few months now after searching for low carb recipe substitutes. I have PCOS and thyroid problems, and am a true sugar addict in every sense of the word. Obviously this is not a good combo…BUT you are one of the people online that have helped me tremendously with managing my health issues and food. Bob’s Mill products are an integral part of my food and sugar management, too. Right now in my cupboard I currently have the coconut flour, almond flour, xanthan gum, flax seed meal, and wheat gluten. I just bought more coconut flour two days ago (and it was sold out in the first 3 stores I went to!) so to say I utilize Bob’s Mill products is an understatement. I would love a gift card because Bob’s Mill products can be a little expensive for my family, so every little bit helps…but either way, thank you for your site, sincerely. I appreciate all the effort you put into what you do!

  50. CynthiaR says

    This has nothing to do with the contest, but I’m printing this recipe and making it for the third time…my husband, Mr Picky Englishman, loves it! We live in Malaysia and it’s been a struggle to get ingredients–but at last we have a pretty full complement and I’m headed to California for a visit tomorrow (and bringing back loads of Swerve at long last).

    Hubby doesn’t like eating low carb, misses all his favourites, and it’s really hard to do here in rice-and-noodle land…BUT his blood sugar is under control at long last (TypeII, still on meds at the moment) and so will live with it.

    And this is one of his favourites, thank you SO very much for it!

  51. Jolene says

    Finally made this today and it is yummy! I added some Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips, which gives it extra yumminess (because seriously chocolate and pb, right!?!?). I had to *force* myself to eat what couldn’t fit in my largest tupperware. I should have stayed in the kitchen while I secretly snacked because I ended up sharing this with my 5 year old (and she can chow down!!). Thank you, Carolyn, and keep up the great work!

  52. Anna says

    What would you recommend as a substitute for the flax? Trying to limit my consumption a little bit. Would chia meal have the same effect?

  53. cindy says

    I have not found a Bob’s Red Mill product I haven’t loved yet. Right now my fav is their steel cut oats, Irish Oatmeal.

  54. stacy says

    I’ll have to find a substitute for the pecans, but I’ve got to try this. I used to make huge batches of Alton Brown’s granola, before we went LC, and had it on my Greek yogurt for breakfast.

  55. scarlett says

    For the vanilla whey powder, can I sub it for unflavored whey powder and maybe a tsp of vanilla extract? So excited to try this out!!


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