During my senior year of college, I signed up to take the GRE Chemistry subject test. I had already been working in an organic chemistry research lab on campus for more than two years, where I spent most of my spare moments not in lectures or completing problem sets dressed in a long white coat and safety goggles while running reactions and analyzing the results right alongside the grad students, so applying for graduate school to continue doing that seemed like the next right step in my academic career.
The exam was held bright and early one Saturday morning during the fall in the neighboring city. One of the sweet grad students in my lab let me borrow her old GRE textbooks, practice tests, and study guides, so I pored over them in the weeks leading up to the test, in addition to keeping up with my usual homework assignments and quizzes.
For a motivational boost, I walked over to the grocery store directly across the street from my apartment to find a fun study snack. Somehow, treating myself to apple slices and carrot sticks just didn’t feel like that big of a reward for acing any of those practice tests!
As I wandered through the store, I spotted a display at the end of the breakfast cereal aisle that featured a brand new product: large whole grain chocolate cereal pockets with chocolate filling. My eyes lit up, and a box magically found its way into my basket.
I’ve always been a huge chocoholic… Even back then! (One of the many reasons I wrote my Healthier Chocolate Treats cookbook!)
Back at my apartment, I tore open the bag to try a few pieces of the cereal. It tasted absolutely delicious — sweet, crunchy, and chocolaty! — and as soon as I completed another worksheet and practice exam, I poured myself a small ramekin to enjoy.
Within just a few days, I had started to fly through the material, and I felt more and more confident as the exam date approached. That chocolate cereal definitely helped with my motivation levels, and I ended up with a great score on the real GRE Chemistry subject test!
However… This Healthy Five-Ingredient Chocolate Granola would’ve been an even better study snack! Unlike that store-bought cereal with ample amounts of refined sugar and artificial flavors, this wholesome homemade breakfast cereal contains none of that. Yet it’s still just as sweet and crunchy — and it’s even more rich and chocolaty!
This healthy chocolate granola contains no butter, oil, dairy, refined flour or sugar… But it still has the biggest and crunchiest clusters imaginable! It’s also super easy to make. You just need 1 bowl, 5 ingredients, and less than 10 minutes to measure and mix together the ingredients!