Dark Chocolate Almond Granola Breakfast Cookies and a Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Small Planet Foods asking if I would like to sample some of the products from two of their companies. The first,  Cascadian Farm, specializes in healthy and organic breakfast items, while the second, Muir Glen, had some tasty tomato products. Would a girl like to sample? Um…

Lucky for me, I have just recently tried to get into the habit of eating breakfast. It’s not something I have enjoyed doing since the toys in my Captain Crunch started to really suck or vanish altogether. From high school on, I don’t ever recall stopping for breakfast. First, I don’t wake up hungry. It’s usually 1 or 2 PM by the time my tummy starts to grumble. Second, I don’t care for sugary sweet breakfast foods. They are just too much. So, if I did nibble before noon, it was usually on last nights leftovers of the first piece of meat I could find in the fridge. (Thank God I added the last part to that sentence.)

But, now that we’re mountain biking and trying to be more active and healthy, Handsome really thinks I should try to eat breakfast. Does he know how hard its been? I wake up, not hungry, futz around, still not hungry, shower, get ready, nope not hungry…. Finally, before rushing out the door, I shovel some Honey Bunches of Oats down (his cereal of choice) and then spend the rest of the day being extra hungry. What’s up with that?

So, to add some variety, I chose some cereals from Cascadian Farm and a box of delicious sounding granola to munch on. Muir Glen also sent me a beautiful sample of 4 of their canned tomato products. (I’ll show you what I used those in next week.) I recieved the Multi Grain Squares and Dark Chocolate Almond Granola cereal and the kid in me chose the Chocolate O’s™. All have been very tasty. The Multi Grain Squares are very similar to Chex and make me want to have them as a snack mix. The Chocolate O’s remind me of Lucky Charms but with chocolate and minus the cardboard charms. And as for the munchalicious granola…

Well, check these babies out.

See, I can make eating breakfast manageable. After all, who can turn down a cookie? ;)

Now, who wants to munch on some of these fine products themselves?

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Comments

  1. Carmen says

    I can remember loving Boo Berry (I can’t believe my mother bought those for us!) and Kix. Nowdays, I stick with oatmeal loaded with dried fruits and nuts. Chocolate breakfast cookies would be awesome though!

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  2. deb healing says

    I can remember living with my great grandparents and loving her homemade cream of wheat and oatmeal. When we had cold cereal it was rice crispies or rice chex

  3. says

    For a second I thought you were going to put the tomatoes in these cookies too. LOL! They look delicious – and tomato-free. :)

    My favorite cereal was Special K… but I always topped it with banana and a TON of sugar. I loved scraping the sugar out of the bottom of the bowl. The thought of it make me nauseous now (it was A LOT of sugar).

  4. says

    Sounds boring but I loved Quaker Oat squares…though Froot Loops was the exciting naughty favorite I could eat only at friends’ houses whose parents let them eat sugary cereal…

  5. Lisa says

    Most definitely Froot Loops-although we only got to have them as dessert or on vacation. :) I also follow you on Facebook now-thanks for all of the great recipes!

  6. says

    Kita, Beeeeeutiful styling and gorgeous cookies. I can see kids ditching the cocopops and cheerios in favour of these lovelies.

    Favourite childhood cereal – golden nuggets. They were re-released a few years ago and I couldn’t wait to taste them – bleuagh!

  7. says

    I HATED cereal as a kid. But that was mainly because I hated milk. As an adult, now that’s a different story. I LOVE, looooove cereal. My favorite unhealthy cereal: reeses puffs. And if I HAVE to be healthy, I like a simple oatbran flake, with a little honey drizzled on top and some sliced bananas.

  8. MikeW says

    Favorite cereal? Fruit Loops, Honey Crisp & Corn Pops. But I usually got Alpha Bits.

    I occasionally have breakfast cereal now, but dry. I really don’t like milk.

  9. says

    I love your creative recipe but unfortunately I did not eat cereal growing up, that is okay, I liked Brazilian breakfast a lot, but now that I am here in America my boys love the Cascadian dark chocolate almond granola, funny. I should start eating it sometimes with almond milk, yummy!

  10. says

    Favorite childhood cereal was Frosted Flakes. My mom never, and I mean NEVER bought sugary cereal, so the only time I got to have Frosted Flakes was when I was visiting my grandparents because it was my grandfather’s favorite cereal. I really loved visiting them! (Not just because of the Frosted Flakes, although that didn’t hurt). I’m not a big breakfast eater myself, but I’ve been known to eat more than a few cookies for breakfast.

  11. says

    I liked Golden Grahams the best.

    Though I once bothered my mother for so many months about getting Lucky Charms that she made me a deal — she’d buy them for me but I’d get nothing else for breakfast until they were gone. I hated them and I had no breakfast for a few months because I couldn’t stand to eat more than a few of them at a time.

  12. says

    Oh, man, those cookies look amazing! What is it you said about my bread? “It could take all day to make and I’d still be all about it”? Ditto here!

    I was a health nerd even as a child; my favorite food was broccoli, and my favorite cereal was raisin bran. I know, I know. All my friends were eating Fruity Pebbles and stuff, and there I was like, “Oh, but raisin bran is so good!”

  13. says

    Umm… cookies for breakfast? Yes please! Haha I too am trying to be better about eating a good breakfast in the morning. It’s working too, I find I feel better throughout the day if I eat something substantial. Anyway … as far as favorite childhood cereal, it was probably plain ol’ Cheerios. Despite my many bad food habits, I actually never liked super sugary cereals!

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