Chocolate Granola

Hola!  Happy Wednesday everyone!

Yesterday came and went without too much trouble- with exception of the crazy storm that just had to hit when I was in the middle of the interstate.  We’re going to pretend that didn’t extend my commute home by at least 15 minutes. 

Other than that, I was in a good mood.  And in an even better mood when I acquired this package from Annelies at Attune Foods:She asked if I’d like to try Uncle Sam cereal and I’ll have to say I was quite envious of all you kids who have already.  So I said of course!  Many of you already know about my mild cereal obsession, so it should come as no surprise that I’d be willing to try a new one to eventually add to the collection…

This one is probably one of, if not the most, healthy cereals I’ve tried.  It’s a whole-wheat flake cereal with flax seed.  That means it’s 10 grams of fiber per serving.  10 grams.  That will keep your insides clean…

I didn’t waste any time using it.  First thing’s first- the sweet stuff.  :)

I made chocolate granola!

After looking over a few different recipes, I just decided to throw together my own.  Seriously- granola may be the easiest thing to make ever.  Because you can’t really screw it up.  You just throw in whatever your preferences are.In my case, I went with a pretty sweet mixture:

- 2 cups rolled oats

- 1 cup Uncle Sam Original

- 1 cup Kashi Go Lean

- 1 cup sliced almonds

- 6 oz of chocolate chips (in my case, half the bag)

- 1/2 cup coconut (a last minute edition)

So while you’ve got all that chillin’ in a big bowl, heat on medium low about a 1/2 cup of brown rice syrup and a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar. After the sugar’s dissolved, add around 3/4 cup of peanut butter (I didn’t measure so much as guesstimate on it) and take off the heat.  Once it’s all melty melty, dump it into the big bowl of yumminess.  And mix.  A lot.  Don’t be too good to use your hands if you have to.  The chocolate’s going to start to melt.  And just let it- because it’s supposed to.  :)

If it’s not the right consistency (really, that’s up to you), continue to add more cereal/oats.  Since I was mostly winging it, I ended up having to add more cereal.Spread out onto a foil-lined cookie sheet and throw it in the refrigerator.  It won’t look overly pleasing to the eye- but no worries.  After it’s chilled an hour or so, just stick it in tupperware and keep in the refrigerator.  Try not to sneak handfuls.  It’s like crack.  Once you start, you won’t stop.

I’m sure if you wanted, you could just press it all tightly together to make bars, but I prefer to keep it in crumbly and add to my breakfast: Fab. It honestly reminds me of a version of “no bake” cookies.  I’d imagine it would be tasty with ice cream, too.  Probably a good thing I don’t have any in the house at the moment.

Tonight I’m using it with my dinner.  Get excited.  ;)

And before I forget…

I was passed on a few awards over the last week or so that I have yet to post on!  The first was from Genesis and Megan- thanks ladies! One of the rules is to answer the question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?

That, for me, is a pretty simple answer.  There are a few things I regret- but I would never change what I did.  Because no matter how you look at it, every decision I’ve made up to this point has made me who I am.  Every selfish or bad choice, every hesitation or missed opportunity, each thing I should have or would have said… etc.  As much as every one of these things have sucked, they’ve still contributed to shaping the person I am today.  And I happen to like who I am now.  I guess for every downside to the things I’ve done, there’s also an upside?

I think I’ll send that paragraph in for the plot of a Hallmark Channel made-for-tv movie.  It’s golden.

Secondly, I got tagged with this little sucker by Shanna:So now I’m supposed to talk about a few things that make me happy.  Which would probably be a nice change of pace since I’ve been known to rant. ;)

*And to spare you, none of these will be workout/food related.  I’m throwing that little twist into it…

1.  A new pair of high heels.  Yes, this is severely materialistic.  But I’m not huge into accessories.  I’m not overly trendy.  I shop the sales/clearance rack first before even looking at the rest of a store.  Rarely do I buy anything without a coupon or promotion code if I can swing it.  The mall stresses me out.  So please excuse my vanity when it comes to a gorgeous pair of stilettos that elongate my disproportionately short legs.  Trying on the perfect fit makes me squeal like a little girl. Just ask my friends.

2. A good neighborhood bar.  Sure, I like my dressy nights out with the girls every once in a while (where else will I wear my new sassy heels I just mentioned?).  And sometimes I just need a place where I can dance my unrhythmatic booty off.  But more often than not, I am found most comfortable and happy dressed down, sitting at a table, surrounded by my friends, beer and sports highlights.

3. Movie nights in.  As I type this, I realize all my happy things contradict each other.  Weird.  Either way, when I’m not feeling overly social and don’t want to wear my new sassy heels, I like to dress up in my finest pair of sweats and check out the newest red box selections.  Preferably, I’m sharing this experience with another person, but solo is cool, too.  It’s rare for this to happen at any time other than the weekend- during the week I always feel like I have to be doing something.  So when I get to (or want to stop moving), it’s just fabulous.

Whew.  That was a long one.  Hopefully I didn’t keep you too long from something important… like work or something… ;)  But you totally deserved the break anyways.  Totally.

Have a good one!

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45 Responses

  1. Hey girl…that granola looks amazing. I am kind of a granola whore so this would be like 1 serving for me…haha! It looks like things are going well for you! :)

  2. Yay for Uncle Sam :) I mixed mine in choclate cookies too…

    Glad you answered the award..I say, wear your favorite comfy jeans in your snazziest shoes, walk to your neighborhood bar, get a drink (or 4), then come home and watch a movie :)

  3. OMG, I could never make that granola. I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off it. Yum.

    Have a great day!

  4. I want a sexy pair of nude heels to make my legs look a mile long so badly! I just can’t find comfortable ones that would be suitable for traipsing around NYC.

  5. That granola looks awesome!!

    New heels always make me happy. I especially love how they make my calf muscles look. I’m pretty proud of my calf muscles. :)

  6. Movie nights in for sure. Free booze and a good flick, done!

  7. Your granola has inspired me. I want some now. In addition, do you Netflix? I feel like you would love it.

  8. That granola looks great. I love Uncle Sam cereal. I like to eat it mixed with Puffins.

    New clothes make me happy. Being able to afford them would make me even happier.

  9. uggggggggggggggh happy wednesday i guess. meh. but i love your things that make you happy. yes they contradict themselves but i’m sure that everything that makes me happy would contradict as well :D

  10. I love making granola – you can get whateva you want at the Whole Foods bulk section and then mix it all together and whamo! A snack that doesn’t require you licking neon-orange dust off your fingers.

    I too long for a good neighborhood bar, although my requirements are more along the lines of an incredible craft beer selection. So maybe what I’m looking for is a good neighborhood biergarten.

  11. I looove making homemade granola. To make it prettier, you can add the chocolate chips at the end instead so they only get a little melty. Same thing with raisins or any dried fruit. So good!

  12. I have never made granola….but I LOVE the idea of adding chocolate! I do love me some granola, but it’s so $$$. Hence why I should be making it at home, huh?

    I love your outlook on no regrets! I am just now (kind of) getting there myself. This girl has made some bad, bad choices, but it has made me who I am. Which, I think, is a pretty good person, if I do say so myself. :-)

    And YES to a new pair of heels!

  13. Did you try any of the Uncle Sam on its own? Did it taste super healthy? (ie, like cardboard??) The granola looks awesome- although if you add chocolate to anything I’m a goner. ;)

  14. Your granola looks delicious!!! I need to try out that cereal…I have a coupon for a free box, I just keep forgetting to grab it before I walk out the door.

    I LOVE a good sassy pair of heels! Have a great Wednesday Amy!

  15. Chocolate, peanut butter, sugar? OF course it is like crack. In the best possible way that it can be crack, that is.

  16. That granola looks amazing!!!!

  17. LOVING that idea. Chocolate granola – and I’m sure it’d be esp. good with a nice blob of peanut butter! I just won a box from another blog so I may have to put your idea to use!

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  18. It’s not that they contradict each other so much as that you like variety.

  19. I love that cereal! The flax seeds are just so dang good!

    New shoes make me sooo happy. I don’t care if I’m materialistic, it’s true :)

  20. I love making granola!! This recipe sounds great.
    LOL Amy your blog cracks me up every time. I love it:) Great answers to the questions. And I definitely deserved the break from work ;)

  21. CHOCOLATE GRANOLA!!!!
    party in a bowl <3 <3

  22. I’ve never tried making my own granola but it seems easy enough. Except I’ve never used or tried brown rice syrup. Hmm.

  23. You’re so smart! When I got my box, I straight up snorted it. Or ate it. Whatever. ;)

  24. Loving the granola recipe! I’ve never made my own before but this looks super easy along with stuff I already have on hand–big like!

    Neighborhood bars are tops. I love that I can just go in there in whatever I feel like and chill. I used to be a big club girl in college but now not so much. Give me beer and a football game and I am happy :)

  25. I <3 shoes!!!!!
    Girl, that granola should be ILLEGAL!

  26. Granola.. get in my tummy. Is there such a thing as bad granola? I really don’t think so.

    I love shoes too! It blows my mind when people say they don’t like shoes. How can you not like shoes?! They’re so fun and pretty and sexy and comfy. They can be anything!

  27. Yeah I could imagine that granola being hard to stay away from! Chocolate anything… yeah hard to stay away from. Thanks for sharing! :)

  28. I adore making my own granola…I’m picky so I enjoy being able to put in my own favorite ingredients. I am also a HUGE cereal girl, so I would have been thrilled to try a new box. Thanks for sharing with us…I love movie nights in too!

  29. [...] also enjoys this show.  And because her eyes lit up when I started talking about my plans for the Uncle Sam cereal I was sent, I invited her over.  Deal was that I’d cook if she brought the booze.Not a [...]

  30. I 100% agree with you on the neighborhood bar. I think I have outgrown the “club/bar” scene. I don’t miss screaming at the top of my lungs to talk to my friends, or being bumped a bajallion times by strangers. I much prefer a large table, where I can hear my friends, not lose my voice by the end of the night, and oh playing cards is pretty great too. What can I say I am getting old ;) And ever since the smoking ban, life at the bars is a million times more enjoyable, no more stinky hair and clothes :)

  31. HOLY GRANOLA! That looks A-MAZING!

  32. [...] you remember, I did a review of  Uncle Sam’s cereal a few weeks ago.  I had considered doing some sort of honey glaze, but went a different route [...]

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