If I were the cookie monster, I’d stash a lot more than Oreos and Mint Milanos and double chocolate chip cookies in my tin trashcan. I’d hide brownies, cupcakes, nutella, Reese’s minis, Godiva dark chocolate truffles, and… Granola. Yes, granola. And not just for a healthier option!
I’m addicted to granola. I first munched on it back in high school, and over the years, I bounced around between Trader Joe’s, Cascadia Farms, and my own cinnamon blend. But one morning as I poured my daily breakfast bowl, I ran out. No more crumbs, no more hidden boxes, nothing.
My brain raced into overdrive. Safeway! Safeway was across the street. Maybe they carried an edible substitute… I scoured their cereal aisle and finally discovered a bag of raspberry almond clusters. Generally not a fan of nuts in my granola, I decided that something was better than nothing and hurried home.
And I fell in love with that one. Subtly sweet with a nice tang from the freeze-dried raspberries, it called to me every time I walked into the kitchen, “Pick me! Eat me! Take another bite!” until that fateful day where Safeway sold the last bag to somebody else…
So I read the ingredients list, turned on my oven, and baked my own batch. Other than the missing raspberries, my version tastes even better than the original… And unless the grocery store runs out of oats or rice krispies, I may even let you sneak a taste out of the stash in my cookie monster trashcan!