I make a lot of granola. Like a lot, a lot. My husband eats a bowlful every morning with yogurt. Me, I just eat it by the handful. I’ve tried yogurt, I’ve tried milk and eating it like a cereal, even topped with bourbon peaches. But for whatever reason, I’ve never craved granola in the morning. It’s more of an after-the-gym or late night snack for me.
Last month, when I reviewed my week’s Secret Recipe Club reveal posts, it dawned on me that I was doing something wrong. Two beautiful granola recipes were among the collection. Both full of flavor, crunch and simple as could be. It was then I realized: I was doing granola all wrong.
My foodie penpal (who’s name I will NOT reveal yet) this month can’t eat any type of chocolate besides white because it gives her horrible headaches. I was both horrified and heart broken when I learned of her misfortune. I’m not a fan of white chocolate at all, so for me a diagnosis like that would pretty much mean a chocolate free life. I don’t wish that fate on even my worst enemy. But surprisingly, my penpal actually LOVES white chocolate, and considering it’s the only type she can have, I felt it was my
need duty RESPONSIBILITY to send her something white and chocolatey.
After making Pumpkin Granola the last month. I think I’ve stumbled on a new addiction. I love, love, LOVE granola but the stuff is so pricy. On the flip side, it’s so cheap and easy to make. Well, I’m not 100% sure about the cheap side. My kitchen is filled with mason jars of dried fruits, nuts, beans and grains, so I generally have a cup or two on hand of any necessary ingredient. The only things I had to go out and buy was some extra oats (which by the way are REALLY cheap right now–Christmas baking anyone?) and coconut.
I love granola–a bit over plain yogurt, drizzled with honey, or even by the handful. My husband on the other hand eats it like cereal, by the bowlful. I’ve encouraged granola like cereals, but apparently not the same. Sorry, but granola isn’t exactly cheap and the cup rather than quarter cup makes us run through it pretty quickly. Not to mention eating that much adds a lot of calories, but that’s besides the point. So I decided buying these 2-3 cup bags for $5 was not working for our budget.