The Ultimate Granola

The Ultimate Granola

For months, Kristen and I have been on a yogurt and granola kick. 

And with that came several months of trying to figure out the perfect granola for the both of us. It had to be sweet but not too sweet, evenly coated, with some clumps interspersed in the mix, crunchy and still flavorful on it's own. 

So, every few weeks, I'd try a different granola recipe and tweak it to both of our preferences. That was the first true recipe testing I have done and it was an eye opening experience. There was a batch where half of the oats didn't get coated in the syrup ingredients, a batch which I didn't fully bake all the way and a batch which I almost burnt.  

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The Most Uncomplicated & Customizable Granola

The Most Uncomplicated & Customizable Granola

I'm not necessarily someone who is perky in the morning. In fact, that's what I don't want to face first thing. But, I am able to get up and function in the morning without being poked and prodded by parents or alarm clocks.

I never slept in past 8:30 a.m. until I went to college. In my freshman year, there were 3 of us crammed into what should have been a double room because the dorms at my college were being renovated at the time. My roommates were used to sleeping in so I felt obligated to do the same. It was a strange concept to me to not wake up until 10 or 11 a.m. But I did because I didn't want to be the one who always got up early and disturbed the peace.

When I moved into an off campus apartment, I still slept in but the need felt less desirable. Not being trapped inside a single room also helped. Now, I feel plain guilty for sleeping in that late. It's like I'm wasting the day away. 

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