Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Granola

It’s a well known fact that I love Peanut Butter and that I would put it in everything and anything, if I could!

In my opinion, granola is made infinitely better with the presence of peanut butter which not only delicious, but dairy free too. To make this granola recipe completely dairy free, just miss out the chocolate chips or use chunks of dairy free dark chocolate instead.

The recipe is easily adaptable, so you can change up the ingredients depending on what you fancy and it’s also lovely healthy way to start to the day, as the oats will give you that energy boost to get through until lunch time!

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Granola  

Ingredients:
250g gluten free oats
3 tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter (preferably one containing only natural sugars)
1 tbsp Sunflower Oil
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
50g Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
A handful of chopped unsalted peanuts

Method:

1) Preheat Oven to 180 degrees C/Gas Mark 4.

2) In a large heavy bottomed pan mix the peanut butter, oil and maple syrup over a low heat, then add the oats and stir until combined.

3) Spread the oats into a thin layer across a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, then scatter across the chopped peanuts.

4) Bake the mixture for 5 minutes, give the oats a a quick stir with a wooden spoon, then return them to the oven and to bake for a further 5 minutes or until golden brown.

5. Once the Granola has cooled completely, stir through the chocolate chips (optional).

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I would also like to mention a very exciting project which the good folks over at Delicious Alchemy are getting up to.

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To celebrate their 10th birthday, Delicious Alchemy are setting up a charity called ‘The Delicious Alchemy Charitable Foundation’ which will aid people on a restricted diet, particularly those who are going hungry, by donating gluten free food to food banks such as those supported by the Trussell Trust in the UK.

For their first fundraising project they are planning to produce a recipe book – all proceeds will go The Delicious Alchemy Charitable Foundation – but they need funding to help make this a reality!

Crowdfunding for the project starts on the 18th of April, but in the meantime you can help spread the word signing up to the Thunderclap, a platform that sends a one time message out about the project on the 18th of April via your chosen social network.

To sweeten the deal, everyone who signs up to the Thunderclap will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 Delicious Alchemy goodie boxes.

You can sign up to the Thunderclap here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/37982-delicious-alchemy-crowdfund?locale=en

I’m proud to support such a great cause and I hope you will get involved too!

Find out more about The Delicious Alchemy Charitable Foundation here: http://www.deliciousalchemy.co.uk/2016/03/the-delicious-alchemy-charitable-foundation/

 

Delicious Alchemy Oaty Cookie Mix Review

Recently I entered Delicious Alchemy’s ‘Gluten Free Magic Bake Off’, a competition on Facebook to find a Gluten Free Magic Bake Off Champion. I won week 4 of the competition by entering a Red Velvet Cake I made for my both my sisters and my prize was a huge selection of goodies which I was so excited to try out.

Delicious Alchemy are an award winning company who make Gluten Free Baking Mixes and Bread Mixes, all of which are naturally gluten free and free from artificial flavours.

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One thing I don’t make a lot of is biscuits and cookies, so the mix I wanted to try the most was the Oaty Cookie Mix.

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Each packet makes 10 cookies which took just 30 minutes to do. I don’t tend to use a lot of packet mixes, but I think they are handy to have stashed in the cupboard just in case you need something yummy to offer if you have friends popping round at the last minute for a cuppa.

The best thing about these cookies is they were super easy to make. Each packet is detailed with very clear step by step instructions so you can’t set a foot wrong which is perfect for baking beginners or those who aren’t so confident baking gluten free.

To make the cookies you only require butter (or dairy free alternative) and water, I also added a handful of dried cranberries and glacé cherries to the mix to add a bit of extra flavour, but you could also try adding white chocolate chips which would taste yummy too. The mix does contain gluten free oats which are not always suitable for coeliacs (so definitely double check you can have them before you make a purchase) however Delicious Alchemy do other mixes without oats in them which are worth checking out.

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What I was most impressed with was how these tasted so much like normal cookies (something not always easy to achieve when baking gluten free). If you are on a gluten free diet and missing real cookies but prefer home baked goodies over shop bought cookies definitely give these a try.

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You can check out Delicious Alchemy here and you can follow the Gluten Free Magic Bake Off competition (#GFMBO) on Facebook and Twitter