I have been meaning to get around to making a Love Crunch recipe but life is full of more important things, like showering, which doesn’t always happen for moms. Can I get a witness?
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I am a huge breakfast food lover but my one-year-old son is still waking up at night which means my breakfast is usually a 9 o’clock snack before lunch. Plus, he has been sick for the last week with a head cold and an eye infection. So that means waking up every few hours at night because he can’t breathe. And I think his head cold makes the eye infection worse because his eyes can’t get flushed out properly.
And we were so close (SO CLOSE) to him sleeping through the night and now this. Thankfully, it doesn’t last forever and pretty soon they will be leaving me and heading off to college. *realization* Excuse me while I go bawl my eyes out.
*Sniffles a bit* Okay, back to what I was saying. So for now my mornings are usually a cup of coffee and whatever food that I can grab that is easy.
That’s why I heart Love Crunch so much. The tart strawberries and the sweet granola and chocolate really hits the spot without having too much sugar or too much work. It also makes for a great snack when we are out and about somewhere.
I feel like this comes pretty close to the original Love Crunch but it is not as sweet as the original, so if you want it sweeter, you go right ahead. I won’t judge. Also, I didn’t have dried raspberries but I didn’t even know they were in there in the first place. They taste just like the dried strawberries so I didn’t feel the need to hunt down dried raspberries.
Speaking of breakfasty things, another thing I make all the time is instant oatmeal. You grab some oats, blend half of them in a blender or food processor and then mix other dry ingredients like cinnamon and nuts. The instant oatmeal will last in a sealed container for about two weeks. Then when you are ready to make them scoop out half a cup and add hot water. Then let the oatmeal sit for a few minutes. Once it is ready to eat you can add your sweetener or milk or whatever it is that other people add to their oatmeal.
I’ve also been looking for an oatmeal apple crumble recipe so if you know of any killer recipes, share in the comments below!
Copy Cat Love Crunch (makes about 3 cups)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. (My oven is on the hotter side so adjust accordingly)
Total cook time: 20 minutes. Yields a little over 3 cups
- 2 cups of quick oats
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of dried strawberries (found mine at the $0.99 store)
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
Place oats into a large mixing bowl. Add cocoa powder and mix thoroughly. Add maple syrup making sure that oats are completely coated.
Spread granola mixture evenly out onto a large baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 15 minutes turning the oats towards the end to toast them completely.
After your oats have cooled down then add your strawberries and chocolate chips. You can add other things like nuts or seeds to your granola too. Whatever butters your bread. And really, the possibilities are endless with granola that’s why I love it. It is quick, easy and customizable like a good wardrobe should be. Uh…oh right! We were talking about granola.
Hopefully your obession with Love Crunch can be appeased now that you have this recipe in hand. Go forth, give love and be crunchy!
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What are some easy make ahead breakfasts that you make? Please in the comments below!