Many 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.
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.
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!
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