Wednesday was not my day this week. Someone hit me while driving, then drove away quickly before I could get any of their information. Yay nice humans! This occurred on my way to a doctor’s appointment where I found I have something quite creepy that I think most people would have no appetite after reading about, so I might refrain from details. Let’s just say, I’ve been eating for many…your dog may have had the same thing. They’re common in dogs. Which makes the title of this post a lil bit ironic. Moving on.
After my appointment, I went to the police station and filed a report about the hit’n’run. Then I went to Walgreens and tried to get my prescription but my insurance card wasn’t working and then I learned the prescription I needed was $3800 without insurance. Basically pocket change. Anyways, I was *done* with the day before 9am.
Then I worked all day. And it was -34 with windchill. And then my mom’s car died so I had to go pick her up. By the time I ate dinner around 8, I was so wound up by the day that I wasn’t tired.
So I decided to use my energy and soothe my grumpy pants by making cookies. And then I messed up the cookies. Ugh. Not what I needed.
Luckily, ruining the cookies ended up being the best part of my day, because through this experience, I ended up trying to morph what I was using for said cookies into something edible. And then one thing lead to another, and suddenly I had created Puppy Chow Granola. This was certainly the highlight of my day.
I ate the Puppy Chow Granola. For a moment, the world felt safe. I shared with my mom. She totally dug it, and she’s not very into peanut butter. We agreed that the stuff is INCREDIBLY addicting. And thus, I made another batch the very next day.
So here is the result of my poopy humpday this week. It is peanut buttery and chocolately and sweet and oath and crunchy yet slightly chewy in all the right ways. It also has the word “Puppy” in the title, which is an automatic win.
Make this stuff. Eat it. Try to practice self-control. Fail, eat it all, and make another batch. No one is judging you. Let it make you happy no matter what you find out is living in your intestines. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 20-30 minutes
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
- 3/4-1 cup (depending on how chocolatey you like it) dark chocolate chips or approximately 6 ounces Baker’s or other dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey (optional, but helps to the granola form clusters & clumps)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup peanuts (optional, I left em out, but they would be a nice crunchy addition)
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit.
2. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and chocolate. Melt in the microwave using 30 second intervals, stirring between each.
3. Pour rolled oats into bowl with chocolate/peanut butter mixture. Add syrup or honey. Mix (a wooden spoon works well for this)until oats are evenly coated with chocolate/peanut butter.
4. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes, until slightly hardened. If desired, turn granola with a spoon halfway through bake time.
5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Transfer back to bowl and add powdered sugar. Mix well until all granola is coated lightly with powdered sugar. EAT!