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Chocolate Cherry Granola For Your Love

Posted Feb 15 2013 9:59am

Yesterday my post was pretty serious and so today will be the opposite: random pictures of food, medical musings, and a recipe for Chocolate Cherry Granola that will top any other granola recipe I promise :-)

Again with the 4am wake up calls:  I was out of bed and studied for an hour yesterday before getting to work doing fun things like blogging and facebooking.  This wonderful package from Kyle made my day:



I have to be at the hospital at 7am each morning which means I leave the house at 6:30.  Since I don’t have lunch until 11 or 12 and I’m not having any mid-morning snacks, I try to eat breakfast as late as possible (6:15am) so that I don’t starve to death and fall down in the middle of the operating room.

Yesterday I wanted everything for breakfast.  Have you had those days?  I wanted sweet and savory and carbs and fat and hot and cold.  Yep.  I’m pretty needy.

A smoothie with banana, kale, almond milk, and chocolate protein powder fulfilled my sweet/cold craving.

1/2 toasted Ezekiel english muffin with avocado hit the spot with the warm/carbs/fat.  What a great breakfast :-)



Anesthesia is still going really well.  Surgeries generally begin around 7:30 or 8am and this is the exciting time.  I get to help ventilate the patient, intubate, draw up medicines, try not to be in anyone’s way… the usual medical student stuff.  By 11am there isn’t too much more for me to do and so I get to go home!   We have our exam next week and so I’ve been using the days to workout, cook, nap study.

Yesterday I did not want to study at home and I also did not want coffee.  Starbucks is normally my go-to study place but since I didn’t want coffee I ventured to Panera.  I forgot how fabulous that place is!  I ordered the same exact thing I’ve been ordering since high school- black bean soup and a caesar salad.  So delicious!


I studied until about 4pm.  By that time I had had enough.


Dinner was a big bowl of this:


Oh yes.


My sweet fiance Kyle will be getting this as one of his Valentine’s gifts when I see him tonight!  I got him a few other things as well, but this granola steals the show.


Chocolate Cherry Granola Recipe:

2 cups whole oats

1 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup honey (you can also use maple syrup- I actually used a little of both)

1/2 cup vegetable oil (safflower oil works really well.  Do NOT use olive oil)

1 TBS vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 cup dried cherries

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or add more- I’m always in favor of more ;-) )



In a large bowl, mix oats, slivered almonds, honey or maple syrup, oil, vanilla, and salt.  It should be a sticky but stir-able mixture.

Spread the mixture out onto a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 200F for 1 hour or until oats start to brown, stirring every 15 minutes.

***THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART:  If you want to get nice big clusters of granola you must do this next step.

When granola is still hot from the oven, pour it back into a large mixing bowl.  Add cherries and stir.  Let granola cool in the mixing bowl with cherries.  The heat from the granola will let some of the cherry flavor out into the oats.  The oats will harden into one huge cluster in the bowl.

Once cool, break up granola into small clusters and add chocolate chips.  Now devour :-)


Did you have a happy Valentine’s Day?  

What do you order at Panera?  


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