I don’t know if this current craving is pregnancy induced or not, because this happens even when I’m not pregnant. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I grew up eating cereal like it was one of the four food groups we learned about in school. It was not uncommon for me to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You think I’m exaggerating, don’t you? Believe me, I wish I was. Unfortunately, I speak the truth. I grew up in a house with two working parents who owned and operated a restaurant that was open from 6am-11pm.
Because of their schedule my brothers and I were often left to fend for ourselves for meals. That meant having a bowl (or two) of cereal for every meal was a pretty average day.
You’d think this would cause the opposite reaction and I’d be sick of cereal. Never want to eat it again after I left my parent’s house. Nope.
Once I got to college, even though the cafeteria was well-stocked with plenty of different meal options, I rarely went a day when I didn’t have at least 2 bowls of the crunchy, sugary goodness.
So here I am craving cereal again. There are worse things I could eat. I’ve given into the cravings and bought boxes of cereal here and there.
Here’s the thing, though. You know I pick out the healthiest variety I can find and of course those are the ones that are like $7.00 a box. For the tiniest little box that barely makes three bowls. Yeah, I needed an alternative.
Instead of continuing to buy boxes of the outrageously priced, organic, non-GMO, fewest ingredient cereal at the grocery store, I thought homemade granola would be a prime substitute.
I started to gather the ingredients for my standard maple cinnamon granola, and realized I didn’t have any applesauce. When I looked to see what kind of fruit I had to create a different puree, I saw frozen blueberries. That will work, I thought.
Then, I started tweaking the recipe more and more. What if I try to make this lower in sugar? I think it needs more wheat germ. Walnuts would be good. Soon, a whole new recipe was born.
Yes, you want to make this flavor of granola. Served with unsweetened almond milk and a few extra blueberries, it easily defeated my cereal craving.Print