From reading this blog, you might not think I like to eat healthy stuff and work out. But you’d be wrong. While I might be the first one to get on the nutella wagon and have absolutely no remorse in eating pasta with rustic bread, I also love healthy foods. Fresh ingredients, raw veggies with delicious dressings and lean fishes rock my boat as easily as any cookie recipe. Which are all the things I like to eat on regular days. (By regular days, I mean those days in which I don’t eat out, cook for friends, or make cakes, three days a week? Guilty.) And my absolute favorite meal along those lines, is breakfast. Because there’s nothing more satisfying or rewarding than eating a delicious, healthy and filling bowl of greek yogurt with just ripe bananas and peanut butter and oats topping after an exhausting work out. So that’s why I’m sharing with you this delicious recipe…because even if you’re not a health-lets-eat-gazillions-of-proteins freak, you’ll still love it and want to use it as a topping for any meal, or a snack, anytime of the day. Because who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate and oats all together?. I know, no one. And the even greater thing about this recipe, it’s the easiest thing in the world! Just mix everything in one bowl. That’s why its not an actual granola, there’s no baking or syrup making involved! Got you hooked yet? Read more for the recipe.
Protein oat and peanut butter granola
1 1/c cups rolled oats
1 cup amaranth
1/2 cup whey protein powder (vanilla or chocolate is fine)
1/4 cups dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup slivered almonds
250 grs peanut butter, at room temperature or slightly softened
3 tbsp maple syrup
Place the oats and amaranth on a baking dish or sheet and lightly toast them in your oven or convenience oven. Let cool. (This bit is optional but I highly recommend it for an extra crunchiness factor)
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Using a rubber spatula, mix thoroughly until it is evenly distributed and paste-like. Roll out over plastic wrap to form a square, using your hands to press it all together (You should have a large brick like shape) cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Once its cool and solid, use your hands to break it out into “crumbles”. Transfer to a jar or airtight container. Voila! You’re done. Sprinkle over fruit, yogurt, cereal, or make little bags to eat on the go.