i work in a room that always has snacks. i’m taking doritos, cookies, peanut butter crackers, pringles, beef jerky, chocolates, biscotti, endless coffee, you name it.
i love it.
the unfiltered access to midday snacks is awesome. keeps you somewhat motivated and upbeat, especially when that 2:30 sleepy feeling washes over you…
But too much of that and not enough of things like cardio, or restraint (haha) can lead to a tight waistline 🙂
i’ve done a great job about paring back to snacking on things that are a little bit better for my body.& i’ve come to the realization that i really like yogurt, if granola is involved. i mean i can eat yogurt + granola everyday. but did you know granola is kind of expensive? like a little bag can run you at least $5. and for a girl that’s eating it everyday, that adds up.
i finally decided it was time to just make my own, cause really its not hard at all. or expensive.
my first attempt at homemade granola i mixed:
3 cups rolled/old fashioned oats
sweetened coconut flakes
chopped dark chocolate chips
cocoa powder (no more than 1/4 cup)
on the stove at medium heat:
amaretto honey (that i bought from a local person)
< 1 tbsp veg oil
(oven set to 350F)
i waited til my honey mix was basically liquid-y and took it off the stove to cool a little.
i spooned it into my dry mix a bit at a time, trying to coat all the ingredients.
spread the mix onto parchment lined baking sheet.
baked for about 30 mins, turning every 10 mins. it smelled AH MAZING, like D came in the kitchen because of the smell.
i let it cool after; it got nice and crispy.
then i broke it apart (it had formed a nice little plate of yummy granola-ness) and put it in a tupperware.