Since following a low carb diet and Trim Healthy Mama one thing I have missed as my late night snack or a quick breakfast is cereal. Yep, that sugary treat we all loved as a kid. Maybe even now that we are adults if we are honest. Thankfully, I know now that the boxes of cereal we can buy at the stores are loaded with all the things that did not do my fluffy body any favors so I avoid them. I also have a little guy that loves cereal and would eat it three times a day with toast if I let him. Though I try to make three balanced meals a day for us I have been guilty of letting cereal be his two early meals on crazy hectic days. I say that as I hang my head. I know nobody else has done this right? No worries, it is a no judgment zone here in my world!
I came up with on the spur of the moment. I was trying to make a crunchy and sweet snack to keep in some little baggies for those hectic days I mentioned earlier. Grab and go my friends, grab and go! But after I had finished the first batch I made I remembered reading on Facebook that one of my friends like to eat her granola for breakfast and I thought this should work great like that too. So I tried it with almond milk and there it was..our new cereal option!
It is so simple and quick that I am not sure it would even qualify as recipe since I just toss things together and bake but for the sake of sounding like I know what I am doing I will call it a recipe (hey, we all like to sound official sometimes). This cereal has very few ingredients but it is so satisfying and sure to please everyone in the family. The coconut flakes and almonds are amazing by themselves but the chocolate chips just sets this over the top! The chocolate chips are totally optional of course and can be left out completely , but in my world I can not imagine anyone saying to leave out chocolate. Am I alone on that?
As you can see from the pictures it browns up really nicely and if you could smell my house after I have made some of this sweet crunchy goodness you would swoon and jump up and start making some yourself! You can let this brown as much as I did or pull it out sooner if you don’t want it as dark but I love the nutty flavor that comes with this dark golden brown. Just watch it closely because this mix can go from light brown to burnt in just an instant. I am pretty sure “burnt flavor” cereal is not a desirable taste for any food plan lol. Don’t add in your chocolate chips until your baked mixture has cooled completely if you want to avoid melting, but I let mine melt one time (was in to big of a rush, imagine that) and when it cooled and the chocolate set back up it was like awesome clusters…oh my! I hope you try it soon, believe me you won’t regret it if you do.
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