On Christmas Eve my friend Katy and I went to a little cafe’ in NE Minneapolis called ‘Nuff. I ordered “Warm Granola with yogurt and berries”. Granola w/ yogurt and berries is often my go to breakfast order when I want something lighter than a dozen eggs, loaf of toast and mountain of pancakes. Let me preface this by saying I hate oatmeal. I don’t know why – I’ve tried it soupy and thick and chunky – can’t do it. I don’t mind it in other things – cookies, muffins, meatloaf, etc. So this is why I was a little nervous about the “warm” part – I didn’t know if it was going to be toasted warm or oatmeal warm. It was neither! OMG I loved it and knew I needed to recreate it at home.
So after some internet research this is what I did – I put about 1 cup of granola (I used a Pecan Praline Granola from Trader Joe’s) in a bowl. Add about 1/2 cup of milk (I used almond milk) – microwave for 30-45 seconds. If you want it runnier add more milk and microwave a bit longer. I found that my 45 seconds worked perfectly. The granola was warm, just a little sticky and so yummy. I topped it with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt and blueberries. And I am stuffed – since I ate so late this will probably last me until close to dinner (I may need a piece of fruit somewhere in between for a snack)! This may be my new favorite breakfast! The calories clock in around 600 but I’m not too worried about it because it also clocks in with 24 grams of protein – I won’t be hungry for quite awhile. And those 600 calories are QUALITY calories. I’m not eating junk or empty calories.