Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola

I had a little bit of a rough start yesterday morning. I woke up with that feeling… like I was too well-rested. Did I oversleep? Crap where’s my phone.

Yep. 8:05. I need to be at work in 20 minutes. Awesome.

Once I made it to the office I was immediately approached by my boss asking for a calculation that was apparently needed thatveryminute. Cool.

I love Mondays.

Work it Out

After work I couldn’t wait to get a workout in. I was feeling pretty blah and gross after a weekend of drinking a little too much and eating a few too many handfuls of chocolate chips (and spoonfuls of store bought frosting, which isn’t even good, ugh).

It was a beautiful afternoon so I decided to go for a run outside. I borrowed Andrea’s armband for my iPhone (my iPod was dead), and decided to use the Runkeeper app for the first time. I had roughly planned out a 3.75 mile loop that I wanted to cover.

The first mile was pretty good for me, a 9:19 pace for a warm-up was right on track. But then, hills happened. They were everywhere. Uphill both ways (I swear). I could not have mapped out a hillier route. Note to self: decide on a run path by driving it first, not arbitrarily looking at Google maps. I still managed to average a 10 min/mile, but I wasn’t too happy about it. At least it’s a starting point! After my run, I did Week 2 of Ripped in 30 for a strength workout, then showered, ate some dinner, and went grocery shopping.

I used the cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter I bought to make something delicious!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Serves 11.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups oats
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup raisins

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, walnuts, and cinnamon.
3. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for 30-45 seconds, until easily pourable. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are well-coated.
4. Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread into an even layer.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until granola is golden brown, stirring halfway through. Let granola cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month.

Nutrition:

The serving size is about 1/4 cup.

The smell of this granola baking in the oven was intoxicating. I snuck a few tastes (which were delicious), but I plan to truly enjoy this tomorrow for a snack at work.

You know this is going to happen. I’m literally excited about it. Which is kinda sad, but whatever. I don’t care.

Now it’s time to catch up a bit with Girls. Completely obsessed with everything about this show.

“I’m telling you, endorphins don’t work on me. Anyone promising a runner’s high is full of bull shit.”

Hannah, you are hilarious.

11 thoughts on “Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola

  1. Mrs Type A

    That looks delish. And that chobani is my favorite! My husband watched the whole season of Girls on HBO while I was away this past weekend and said I should watch it, so I’ll have to check it out.

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    1. aftertheivyleague

      I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with apple cinnamon chobani haha. And your husband is right, Girls is great! My only advice is that you have to get past the first episode and get to know the characters. Then I’m willing to bet you’ll love it! It’s hilarious.

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    1. aftertheivyleague

      Thanks! And I know, my advice to all my friends has been to give it an episode or two, and soon you’ll be hooked. I haven’t finished the season yet, I’ve been saving it because I don’t want it to be over!

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    1. aftertheivyleague

      This recipe is definitely a simple, delicious one. Sometimes there’s no need to complicate things! It’d be awesome if Girls ended up on Hulu, in the mean time maybe you can find a friend with HBO? That’s what I do! haha

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