Elvis Granola

You know how people always tell you to read the directions before making a recipe? They also tell you to yield to cars and eat sitting down and not read in bed before sleep because it affects your sleep patterns.

Well, I’m stubborn. News flash. I’m a hard-headed mule, just like my dad. I usually don’t like to follow other people’s advice. I’m a learn-as-I-go kind of girl.

I have wanted to make this recipe for ever. When I saw it on Jenna’s blog Eat Live Run, I knew I had to make it. Not only do I love granola, but this has chocolate in it. What is better than chocolate for breakfast? Nothing.

So, I was making the syrup, melting the peanut butter over the stove, and I glanced over the directions. I added all the remaining ingredients in a bowl, including the chocolate.

PEOPLE, DO NOT DO THIS. Keep that chocolate in the pantry and AWAY from your hands because you will want to add it in anticipation.

HAVE PATIENCE.

So, what did my smart-ass do? I picked out every single chocolate chip after I had excitedly mixed the chocolate with the oats and nuts, not realizing I was making a huge mistake. Let me just tell you, there were a lot of chocolate chips. And that bowl was well-mixed.

This is actually before I baked it. And before I hand-picked each one of those chocolate chips out.

Anyway, it was delicious and I highly recommend making this (and keeping a shot glass handy for granola shots) but make SURE to read the directions.

Notice I usually don’t use capital letters – they kind of annoy me – but this situation calls for capital letters and lots of them to get the point across.


Elvis Granola
Adapted from Eat Live Run

1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup (or as much as your heart desires) chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 275º.
2. Simmer canola oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon until peanut butter is melted.
3. Put remaining ingredients in a bowl EXCEPT chocolate chips.
4. Pour syrup mixture over dry ingredients.
5. Spread over parchment paper-covered baking pan.
6. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning half way through.
7. Once cooled, NOW you can add the chocolate. 🙂

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