Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola
We all want granola to be healthy. But some granolas are so sweet they could easily qualify as candy. But since I tend to spend the better part of the day roaming around my apartment sticking my hand in various boxes and jars of stuff to eat, I wanted to come up with a granola that was satisfying enough for breakfast, but one that I didn’t feel so guilty about dipping my hand into throughout the day.
I never used to eat breakfast. Then, after trying to remove some of the damage done to my belly by years of gorging on restaurant food, I enrolled in a tough exercise class in San Francisco. It was excruciating and grueling, as our fierce instructor really pushed us. But we all bonded as a group (sometimes, successfully against her wrath). But one day we were all particularly wiped out and she stopped the class, went around the room, and asked each of us what we had for breakfast that morning.
The majority of us answered, “Coffee.” Or maybe “Coffee…and half a leftover bagel.” She berated each of us after we spoke, because we were all working hard and told us that we needed to fuel ourselves by eating more than we were for breakfast. After that, I started eating more in the morning.
I still like just toast and coffee right after I wake up – and definitely no talking, and no sudden movements, either. But come mid-morning, I prepare myself a big bowl of fresh fruit and yogurt or fromage blanc a boost of energy.
Peanuts are packed with protein and dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and anti-oxidants, so I decided to stir up a batch of granola with chocolate and peanut butter in it.
As soon as it cools down, I start eating this granola right off the baking sheet. The big chocolate chips are a bonus, scattered amongst crackly oats and seeds coated with peanut butter, baked with a touch of maple syrup. It’s a treat that I’ve been enjoying morning, noon, and night. And in between, too.