March 14, 2009

Mix Your Own Darn Granola

Yesterday's breakfast, as I intended it for Thursday, pre-brain fart:

In the bowl:
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup kamut puffs
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp PB2
  • 1/2 6 oz container SO Delicious vanilla soy yogurt
  • 1 oz granola from http://www.mixmygranola.com/!*

*You may recall that I meant this breakfast for Thursday morning, but because I forgot the key granola at home, the topping in the picture from Thursday was half of a crumbled Kashi Crunchy Chocolate Peanut bar, just in case you were curious. Both bowls were made using the overnight oat-soak method, which I microwaved in the office and topped with the yogurt and crumbled bar/granola.

My man Raoul at Mix My Granola hooked me up with $20 to spend mixing granola to my heart's desire online, and the granola topping above is the creation I christened "Healthmatron Granola."


I decided to use my $20 to make two mixes, one being the healthiest possible, and the other being the "un"healthiest possible (if such a thing is possible with granola...). You are currently viewing the healthy version, which contains low-fat granola, goji berries, dried papaya, amaranth and chia seeds. I figure this must be super healthy because until receiving this granola, things like goji berries, amaranth and chia were merely the stuff of health myths and legends to me. I still don't know why those things are good for me, but whatever, it tastes awesome.

I also shared some of my Healthmatron Granola with the boyf, and he ate it dry as pre-workout fuel. He said, "The granola was very tasty and the fruit was not dry at all, which is not what I am used to." Word. In fact, I have shunned the dried papaya heretofore, but now I embrace it in all its sweet, juicy glory.

So if the healthy mix contained all that deliciousness already, what could possibly be left to put in the "un"healthy granola? Voila le Wackysnacky Granola mix, as seen atop yesterday's snack of cottage cheese:

Yes, you're seeing that right, there are chocolate peanut butter balls in there. What else? Let's see...

French Vanilla Granola, banana chips, macadamia nuts, mini yogurt pretzels (allegedly! I have yet to find any - grr!), wasabi peas, coconut and dried ginger. So much snacky insanity in there! Wasabi peas and dried ginger are definitely a match made in flavor heaven, so I can definitely recommend that combination right away.

Mix My Granola is one of those what's-not-to-like? products, but if for some twisted reason you think you have a better idea as to what should go in a 1-lb tube of granola, here's your chance to win some dollars to do it.

Raoul hooked me up not only with $20 for me to play with granola, but threw in another $20 gift certificate to give away. This giveaway is open to anyone to enter, and I'mma give you a couple of options as to how to do so:

Required:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would put in your granola! Feel free to also tell me why goji berries, amaranth and chia seeds are good for me. :)

Optional:

  1. If you have a blog, earn an extra entry by linking back to this post on yours. Earn a third by adding Soap & Chocolate to your blogroll. Email me to let me know if you did one or both of those options.
  2. If you don't have a blog, no worries, you can earn your extra entry by shooting me an email. Earn a third entry (or fourth! or fifth! or eleventy-sixth!) in that email for every blog or healthy website you think I should know about. Anything in my current (waaaay outdated) blogroll does not qualify. Bloggers, you don't get to do this - your comment already gives me your link. Sowwy!

My email address is [diana at soapandchocolate dot com]. You have until midnight next Friday, March 20, to enter.

Ready, set, mix!

47 comments:

Missy said...

I would mix mine with organic granola, dates, dried apples, chocolate chips, and pistachios!! You are on my blog roll and I will link back to this in my next post! See ya soon!!!!!

just me said...

i would use the vanilla granola, add in dried apples, strawberries and blackberries, and peanuts and cashews! Of course, that's for the healthy one...:) i'll link back to this tonight and have just added you to my blogroll!

talesofexpansion said...

oh man, i really want to win some of this granola!! i would probably make mine like your wackysnacky mix ... choc pb balls and wasabi peas, YUM.

you're going right on the blogroll (if i haven't put you there already? so hard to keep track!) and into my next post :-)

erica said...

Mix my own granola? Yes, please! I would add the muesli, dried blueberries, amaranth seeds, and rice crispies! mmmm.

Anonymous said...

OOOH. museli, dried blueberries and nuts! NUTS! =D
tracy
luminaire65@hotmail.com

emily said...

it was great to meet you! If I'm honest with myself, with make your own granola/cereal/etc options I would probably add everything on the list!

Susie Q said...

Yum! I would want to add in tons of different seeds like pumpkin and chia as well as almonds, walnuts, and tons of dried fruit!

Chia seeds are great for you. I use them regularly because they are a good source of Omega 3 and fibre. They also have quite a bit of protein. Plus you don't have to grind them for your body to use them like you do with flax. You can soak them in water and make them into a gel and add them to baking or smoothies. I find they help to make my breakfast have more staying power.

The Professional Vegan said...

I would pick one of the vegan bases, of course, and add lots of dried fruit, especially mango. Love the mango.

melissa (fitnessnyc) said...

Mango, banana and oat flakes because it would remind me of the type of cereal I bought while I studied abroad in spain, i still miss it!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

I would use the organic base and add dried cherries, almonds, and coconut. I like my granola simple. Yum - thanks for the sweet giveaway Diana! I'll try and remember to link in my next post. :)

Anonymous said...

lowfat granola with dried raspberries, pistachios, chia seeds and banana chips - so good!!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

lowfat granola with goji berries, amaranth, chia seeds, dried raspberries, dry strawberries, rice puffs.

Erica said...

YUM! I want to try this so bad! And I want to send it as gifts for friends. I would do low fat granola, dried pineapple and mango, and walnutsd. YUM!

Jenn (eating bender) said...

I want this granola sooo badly! Thank you for hosting the awesome giveaway :o) There is so much to choose from on that site...I'd have to do some serious thinking and decide whether to go the healthy or unhealthy route!! I would probably end up with dried blueberries, raspberries and pineapple for sure, though!

I will link back on my next post and I can't believe you're not on my blogroll already, but I will put you on it pronto!

Meghann said...

aahhh... everyone who is hosting these giveaways keep asking what we would put in the mix and honestly i have no idea!! lol... everything looks too good, i would probably try to twist the stytem around so it could have everything in it. :)

healthy ashley said...

I would put everything in mine!!

Anonymous said...

I would put muesli, papaya, and almonds in my granola.

marie
mgaltier@yahoo.com

Roxanne said...

I would have a French Vanilla granola base with cranberries, dried raspberries, dried blueberries, dried apricots, dried blackberries, pistachios, organic soybeans, honey smacks, chocolate-covered espresso beans, crystallized ginger, and tiramisu caramels in mine.

Probably not the healthiest mix. Thank you for doing this!

Roxanne
dianr@berea.edu

Elina said...

I'd want to put everything in it, but probably (purely for financial reasons) stick to almonds, goji berries and chocolate chips. If I chose another one, I'd probably make it a little more funky with ginger and pineapples. I like your healthy mix too :)

peaceandpeanutbutter said...

Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

I'd mix:
Organic Granola
Dates
Gogi Berries
Cashews
Coconut shreds!!!

YUM!!!

Linked back to you on my blog
(Peaceandpeanutbutter.wordpress.com)

Anne said...

Cool! My granola would have muesli, dried cranberries, chia seeds, flax, and chocolate chips.

HangryPants said...

You make me laugh. I also got chia in my mixmygranola, but i have no idea why!

Denise said...

Oh, I definitely would put dates and granola. Probably dried cranberries and some chocolate chips!!

I'm adding you to my favorites right now! Great blog!!

ttfn300 said...

i love it when the good for you things taste great!!

mine would be quite similar to yours, with muesli base, goji berries, chia, and maybe some added almonds!

Anonymous said...

Mine would have the vanilla granola, dates, walnuts and cranberries.

Rachel
rajohi@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Dried cherries. And some walnuts. And possibly some apricots. Love your blog!

Mallory said...

Your granola looks delicious!! Mine would be a very very berry vanilla granola, with the french vanilla base and all the berries they've got!

I'll be posting later today and linking back to you AND adding you to my blogroll :)

sue said...

my granola mix would have muesli, strawberry, apricot, almonds and chocolate chips!

petitfoodie said...

mine would have muesli, choc chips, and coconut! I love your blog! great giveaway! :)

Kelsey said...

ooo, fun giveaway!

I would have dried blueberries and raspberries in mine, along with chia seeds, walnuts and crystallized ginger.

jvegegirl said...

Hmm...I would use dried papaya, muesli, chia seeds, blueberries, ginger, and lots of love ;).

holly said...

What a great idea for a website! My ultimate granola mix would include organic granola, dried apples, blueberries, and strawberries, plus honey smacks and chocolate covered raisins! :]

Kaley said...

I would def add almonds, dates, goji berries because I have never had them, and probably a few dried bananas...mmm

kaley(dot)hendrickson(at)gmail(dot)com

Ellen said...

i would love to try this! i would get dried cherries, almonds, walnuts, goji berries, dried plums. so many options though, it's hard to choose!

Anonymous said...

Hello, great giveaway! My mix would have the french vanilla granola(for more flavor!), macadamia nuts(my favorits-so delicious and buttery!), and sunflower seeds(2nd favorite and for added crunch!). I don't have a blog, but emailed you!

Laura
frootloops_04@hotmail.com

meloncauliflower said...

i would mix low fat granola, dates, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, goji berries and soy nuts!

emmyster said...

French Vanilla Granola with strawberries, mangoes, cherries, brazil nuts, flax, and sesame!

And I linked back to this post on my blog.

emmyster.wordpress.com

-E

blueskyworld said...

wow, thank you for the giveaway!

blueskyworld said...

i've linked back as well!

blueskyworld said...

oops.. I should have written all my comments in one comment.. sry!

but just to let you know that i've added you to my blogroll!

katie m said...

It's always so hard to limit myself on these 'choose your own adventure' foods. However, I know that my mix would contain the lowfat granola, dried strawberries, dried apples, and dried cherries. I'm a fruit lover :) Thanks!

Marissa M said...

Your granola looks soooooo delicious! and thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway :)!

anyways.. I went on the website and everything looks sooo good.. I would definately use granola as a base.. dried bananas and dates & mac nuts (i'm from Hawaii) and chia seeds!

Anonymous said...

I'd make a granola with french vanilla granola, bananas, pineapple, almonds, macadamias, and choc. espresso beans.

Buddy

budree@bellsouth.net

Cole said...

My granola would definitely be the low-fat granola base, dried mango, dried pineapple, and macadamia nuts

Joanna said...

So many choices! I think I would use muesli with apricots, cherries, raisins, pecans, hazelnuts, and flax seed. Thanks for holding this giveaway!

curlytop said...

Mixing my own granola would present the same problem that I find when at the Whole Foods salad bar-too many choices. I'd have to use my fall back solution and take a bit of EVERYTHING!

With Love,

Emily

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