Who here has been personally victimized by cinnamon toast crunch?
And by victimized, I mean that in the most flattering way possible. When I was a kid, sugary cereals were not allowed in our house, except for the exceedingly rare box of, you guessed it, cinnamon toast crunch. I can remember eating it for not only breakfast, but dessert and for dinner when I could convince our babysitter that it was "healthy" because it had 25% of my daily vitamin B.
Safe to say that was not the most convincing argument.
My dad usually had some sort of healthy cereal in the house (crispix or cheerios, anyone?), but I never used to be a breakfast person. I wouldn't touch the healthy stuff, especially if I was offered to add milk to it. As a kid, I never understood the appeal of cold milk and soggy grain in a bowl as a meal. It kind of grossed me out. Plus my undiagnosed lactose intolerance was probably a major factor.
Leftover soup was the name of the breakfast game for high school me. I know, I was a weird kid.
It wasn't until I got to college that I understood the absolute dream that is granola and yogurt. My college used to order this amazing vanilla and almond granola that I would hoard into mason jars and eat in my room with a big scoop of lowfat yogurt and honey. This stuff was pure HEAVEN and I was addicted.
Do I need rehab for a granola addiction? Nah.
As I got more creative, I tried making my own granola (cause granola is expensive). I soon found out that granola isnt all that hard to make. It is basically just tossing a lot of goodies in a bowl and baking it low and slow. I made a TON of granola, so much so that I gave bunches to my friends. So much so I ran out of oats. I know, it was my version of an apocalypse.
And like most great ideas, they generate out of desperation.
This granola was a happy accident, and, in all seriousness, makes all of my cereal dreams come true. From my snapchat, you can tell that I am ADDICTED to popcorn. Luckily for me, pipcorn is the perfect size for this recipe (and provides an AMAZING crunch!) By the time you read this post, it is likely that this granola is gone (#restinpeace). But it is so excellent that I probably will be whipping up another batch in the near future. Feel free to add or switch up with whatever nuts suit your fancy. Mix up the spices. Toss in some dried fruit (or be a TRUE rebel and add dark chocolate). Whatever you do, do NOT leave out the popcorn. It is the stuff that dreams are made of (hey now, hey now!)
makes approximately 5 heaping cups
Pop up a batch of this bad boy!
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