It is so easy to get stuck in a breakfast rut, and I'm a food editor for pete's sake! Mornings are rushed, and while my daughter would like eggs every day, sometimes pouring a bowl of cereal is all I can manage. But, lately (ever since writing this article, actually), I've been trying to step up my game. I still serve cereal sometimes, but I've been mixing it up, offering fruit on a daily basis, and making a lot of appealing breakfast foods in advance.
That's why I love this recipe from Taylor Foster, mother of 4 year-old Duncan. She is a model (don't hold it against her), who made good on a life-long dream and, a few years ago, opened a bakery and café in upstate New York called Heaven on Main Street.
The café has since closed, but Taylor is cooking and baking more than ever. She teaches classes and works for wellness in schools, and just like the rest of us she's always on the lookout for a wholesome breakfast her kid will actually eat. This chocolate granola hits the mark and then some.
Taylor explains, "I came up with the idea to make chocolate granola while running Heaven On Main Street. I have always loved granola with chocolate chips since it gives me an excuse to eat chocolate while simultaneously eating something healthy. Win, Win!"
Duncan agrees. Taylor says, "He loves it with milk or just as a snack. And I feel a lot better giving him this for breakfast than most of the other boxed cereal options that are out there. He looks at it as a treat and gobbles it down, not even realizing he's eating flax seeds (high in Omega-3's!) and nuts."
So mix up a batch of granola this weekend and enjoy it with fruit and plain yogurt all next week. I know I will.
Taylor's recipe notes:
DUNCAN'S CHOCOLATE GRANOLA
6 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup ground flax seeds (Taylor uses a mix of whole and ground)
3/4 cups chocolate chips
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup olive oil
Serving size: 1/3 cup
Jenna Helwig is the food editor at Parents and the author of Real Baby Food. She tries to eat well, but you really can't trust her around granola.