First, many of you are thinking, “What do you mean before it gets too hot outside? It’s already too hot outside!” And second, do you want to see my awesome new jar??
I actually got the jar as a Christmas gift and am just now getting around to showing you. Therefore, it’s really not new as I’ve had it for five months. It’s also an antique, which also means it’s not new, but whatever. My dad’s wife found it at an auction and was sweet enough to think of me, snatch it up, wrap it, and put it under the tree. I opened it and gasped with complete delight, while everyone else in the room was like, “oh look it’s an old, used jar…she really gets excited about weird things.”
I washed it up, and have used it to store many treats. The latest? Dark Chocolate Almond Granola. Which leads me back to my original statement: You really should make this before it gets too hot outside.
See, at my house, it’s finallllllly warming up and staying warm (I hope). This is making me so happy!!! It’s also making me think about foods that require an oven and how I will not want to be using the oven much in the near future. These thoughts are what led me to ask my 14 year old to make a double batch of Dark Chocolate Almond Granola earlier this week. How nice to get this made ahead of time! We baked it on a day it wasn’t too hot, and we can eat it on a day that is too hot.
And it looks so pretty in my new, old jar. Don’t you think?
One thing to consider: The pieces of chocolate in the granola will get pretty soft if (when) my kitchen gets too hot. I may need to store it in the fridge. On the other hand, melted chocolate all over granola is not a bad thing.
So, Dark Chocolate Almond Granola. Make some before it gets too hot. Enjoy it on a morning you don’t have time to cook breakfast, it’s too hot to cook breakfast, or you just have a hankering for chocolatey almond goodness.
Have you made this recipe before? Is it hot at your house yet? Do you love my new, old jar?