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Isn’t it amazing how life changes us? If you would have asked me 12 years ago who was the person I worried about taking care of in the morning, I would have replied -“me – and only me!”
Today “me” is the person I worry about the least, especially in the morning. That’s because mornings are all about making sure JP is up, fed and dressed by 7am with his lunch and schoolbag ready along with a hearty lunch for husband to take to work. By the time all that is taken care of, it’s time to run out the door to bring JP to school for the ungodly hour of 7:30am.
So yeah.. There’s no such thing as “me” time in the morning, I’m lucky to get the chance to put on makeup sometimes! I might try to be a supermom, but at some point we supermoms need to eat or we’re not super at anything. I can wake up starving some mornings, so I’ve taken to eating my chocolate-coconut granola squares to satisfy the hunger. I like to use Quaker® Oats for my breakfast baking because they make the perfect filler. There’s also Quaker® Real Medleys®, Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, Quaker® Life and last but not least, Quaker® Simply Granola
Made from Quaker® Simply Granola (I used the kind with the almonds and raisins) these are decadent, filling and will keep you going with the energy you need to pull you through the morning. I love them because they’re easy to eat in the car on the way to work with a hot cup of coffee or cold orange juice. I’m so thrilled that I thought to use them, because there’s both raisins and sliced almonds among all the granola clusters, making it a hearty ingredient for my recipe.
I found mine in the cereal section at Walmart.
When I got home, I got all my ingredients together:
- 1 1/4 cup of flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup of butter or margarine
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 2 cups of Quaker® Simply Granola
- 1 cup of Quaker® Rolled Oats
- 1 bag of chocolate chips
- 1 bag of shredded coconut
First, I creamed the butter with the sugars until it was light & fluffy, then added an egg one at a time and continued beating on low. Then, while that beats slowly in the mixer, I mixed together the flour, salt, cinnamon & baking soda in a separate bowl.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the fluffy wet mixture while it mixes. Once the flour is all mixed in, stir in the granola and rolled oats. Bake in a greased pan for 35 minutes at 350F. I let it cool completely when it came out of the oven before applying the chocolate & coconut.
After the squares have cooled, It’s time to make the the chocolate part. In a double boiler, I melted the chocolate chips until it was smooth and thick. I layered it on top of the cooked bars and smoothed it out with a large spatula before I dusted it off with some shredded coconut.
Chill in the fridge for a few hours before cutting them into squares, and store them in an airtight container. Enjoy!!!
What are some of YOUR favorite breakfast recipes? I’d love to hear about them!