You know what I’m really bad at?
A lot of things.
But you know what I’m really, really bad at?
Oh, not major life decisions.
I knew I wanted to go to college before I even went to full day kindergarten.
I didn’t get cold feet before my wedding because I was more than sure I was ready to be a Mrs.
I put my life savings toward my very first home with hardly a care that I would
potentially have to eat Oodles of Noodles for the next 30 years.
Life might actually be easier if I was forced to eat Oodles of Noodles for the duration of my home loan.
Because then I wouldn’t have to decide what to eat.
I have literally stared into cupboards for upwards of 45 minutes trying to decide what I want.
I want everything.
My step-dad has been witness to this.
If he came into the kitchen and found me planted in front of the pantry for longer than it would take a lasagna to cook, he would look at me and chuckle…
“Looks like its a cereal for dinner kind of night.”
Jeeze louise, there are 7 kinds of cereal in there.
This is never going to end.
But cereal-ously, I love cereal.
And granola cereal.
And chocolate granola cereal.
Because sometimes, nothing will do for dinner besides a big old bowl of
Cocoa Crunch Granola
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*Tidbit: You can also use 1 tablespoon of canola oil for a nut free granola*
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, rice cereal, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
Add peanut butter (or canola oil, if using) and maple syrup.
Mix until oats and rice cereal are evenly coated.
Spread onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes
*Tidbit: Check frequently since granola tends to burn quickly!
This has a lot of sugar to be eating giant bowls of it, but feel free to sprinkle it on smoothies, fruit, non-dairy yogurt, or just eat it by the handful.
But if you’re eating it for dinner, by all means, load the bowl up.
Now I have to decide what I want for breakfast.
KEEP CALM AND CRUNCH ON!