Stop. This is not your healthy, agave-sweetened, raisin-and-prune granola. I love those granolas, but this is NOT one of them.
This is more like a chocolate chip cookie in granola form. Or I guess banana bread in oatmeal form. It’s not shy on the sweet stuff. It’s not shy on the nuts. It’s full of chocolate and crunch and madness. I have to be careful when making granola at home, because I inevitably find it addicting. But this tops all. I just could not stop eating it.
Yeah, towards the very end of the batch there were some stray grains, but that’s what spoons are for. Or what turning-the-bag-upside-down-over-your-mouth-like-you’re-a-baby-bird-but-only-if-nobody-is-watching is for. No judgments.
Oh, speaking of addicting, my friend recently recommended the book 14 by Peter Clines. Y’all need to read this book, NOW. Even if you don’t normally enjoy sci-fi, you will like this one. Promise. I only enjoy sci-fi on irregular occasions, and this was very much one of them. I almost wish it was a series and not one lone volume. Sorry to jump from a granola conversation to a book conversation. It’s been a long week and I’m feelin’ a little jumbled. I’m so glad it’s Friday. Thus, here is the current mix of Cookies and Coffee with Friends. (cookies and coffee with friends, vol V)
Danguole’s Turkish Egg with Garlic Chive Yogurt. I love a soft egg buried in salty yogurt. This is the very definition of a simple-yet-elegant meal.
Peanut Butter Day was this week. I missed it, but if we’re being realistic, every day is peanut butter day. To wit, Jess’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups.
Chocolate and cheese in the same bite, it’s . Nicole’s Parmesan Chocolate Mascarpone Truffles Only the most epic ladytime food ever.
Amy somehow found a way to improve the Samoa with her Easy Samoa Truffles. My main deterrent in attempting my own samoas was they they looked laborious, but that is no longer an excuse.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or not, but I love raspberry with chocolate. A in, Raspberry Filled Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.
After all those deliciously naughty treats (and this granola), I need to clean it up a little with beet hummus. So pretty!
Welp, that’s about it. I hope your weekends are fun and relaxing and filled with people that you love! Or at the very least, some good dessert and a big glass of wine.
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, divided
- 1 3/4 cups banana chips, divided
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup walnut bits
- 1 tbsp flaxmeal
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 2 tsp grated orange peel, optional
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In a blender, pulverize 1/4 cup of the oats with 1/4 cup of the banana chips
- In a pot over medium low heat, combine the almond milk, the coconut oil, and the maple syrup. Add the almond extract, cinnamon, orange peel, flax, and pulverized oat mixture. Stir well.
- Add the walnut bits and the oats.
- Remove from heat and dump onto a baking sheet, patting out to spread.
- Break up the brown sugar and sprinkle chunks over the top.
- Bake for ten minutes and then turn off oven. Do not open the oven for 3.5-4 hours!
- Remove from oven, break it up a little, and then add the remaining banana chips and the chocolate chips.
- Use all the self control you have.
clumping method taken from here