To heck with “rolling out on the right side of bed.” The REAL predictor of how good my day will be is how great my morning workout is — That being said, I started off the day with a speedier-than-usual three miles.
It was going to be a good day!
The only problem was that I had a long, long day of classes to deal with. Count ’em: From 8 a.m. to 9-10-11-12-1-2-3-4 and 5 p.m. NINE hours! Seriously, how am I expected to absorb that much knowledge at once?
But, I dealt with it. I took notes. I asked questions. I did everything that I was supposed to do to make my parents proud. I guess there are some things you just gotta’ do.
After it all, I dragged myself home with the main goal of getting my mind off school — And the best way for me to do this is spending some time in the kitchen.
Crunchy Dark Chocolate Granola
- 2 C oats
- 1/2 C whole-grain cereal, crushed (I used Trader Joe’s fiber twigs, which also included dried berries)
- 2 T cocoa
- 1 T brown sugar
- 1 T honey
- 2 T water
- 1 T canola oil
- 1/2 t vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 C dark chocolate chips
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the cocoa, brown sugar, honey, water, canola oil, vanilla and pinch of salt.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats and cereal. Pour the cocoa mixture over top of the oats and toss everything to evenly coat the oats.
- Line two baking sheets with foil and then evenly spread the granola on the sheets.
- Cook in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Stir everything up and add in the dark chocolate chips. Bake for another 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool thoroughly before storing.
Holy deliciousness! I love having light, sweet granola to add to bowls of oatmeal, yogurt and smoothies.
There was only one problem… It wasn’t until I finished creating the granola that I was struck with a very important thought: “Lent begins next week and I’m giving up chocolate. That means I have to polish this all off in just seven days!”
Oh, well, like I said, there are some things you just gotta’ do.
Questions: What kind of things do you have to do that you’d rather not? What kind of things would you like to do but never get the chance?