an iPhone photo of my carob chip granola!

All this talk about breakfast has me just a little bit hungry.

Once I discovered the bulk shopping section of my grocery, I started playing with random stuff, just hoping something would excite me. After being mad that I was spending so much money on store-bought granola, and deciding that I wanted a chocolate granola that wasn’t 349583i4o5345908345 calories (and yes, the number was so high that they ran out of numbers and had to use a letter to count), I decided to say “screw it” and make my own. (For my twitter friends, #independent.)

Enjoy!

1 and a half cups oats
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips/carob chips*
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp olive oil

Set your oven to 300 degrees, and spray/oil your paking pan pretty thoroughly.

Mix together your dry ingredients first. In a separate bowl, combine your wet ingredients. Slowly pour your wet ingredients into your dry, and mix thoroughly. You want the dry stuff to be completely coated in your oil mix.

Pour everything onto the baking sheet, and spread it out as flatly as you can. Let it bake for about 15 minutes before taking it out, and flipping over as much of it as you can. Give it another ten minutes, before taking it out and flipping it one last time. Then let it cook for another 10 minutes, and you should be all good!

Toss it in a tupperware, throw some in the fridge, use it for cereal tomorrow morning, stick some in a few ziploc bags (after cooling) and put ’em in your purse, or whatever! Stick to that, and you’ll be all set!

*Not familiar with carob chips? They’re a low-calorie chocolate-like flavor that has a lot less sugar, and a little more fiber. They have a more nutty flavor to me, which is why they’re a perfect fit for a nutty granola like this. May not be available everywhere, but if you have ’em near you… definitely give ’em a shot!