Procrastination Pumpkin Spice Granola

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It's amazing how quickly a 2 hour Study Session can turn into Making Pumpkin Spice Granola. This post is brought to you by the letter "P" as in "Procrastination." 

Here's the thing. Since the weather turned slightly chilly, I've been wanting to make granola. So that's been on my to do list. Also a top priority right now is studying for my Precision Nutrition Certification exam (which is happening December 19th!) There. I said it.  On the interwebz. So now you can all hold me accountable. 

Even though I block out study time on my google calendar, for some reason as soon as I sit down and crack open that fatty delicious text book, a million things pop into my head from my back log to-do list. Clean the house! Organize the closet! Reply to that email from 3 weeks ago! Call your mom! Do all the laundry! 

One such afternoon, I gave in to the call of procrastination temptation and it yielded delicious results, so I'm sharing those with you today. I was inspired by this recipe but since I hadn't actually gone shopping for ingredients, made use of what was already in my pantry:

  • Gluten Free Organic Whole Oats 
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Spice (use LIBERALLY. I wish I had added more than the recipe called for)
  • Dried Cherries (I added these in after baking so they wouldn't get hard/chewy)
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pecan pieces
  • Maple Syrup (instead of honey)
  • Kerry Gold Grass Fed Butter 

Enjoy with almond milk (like cereal), atop yogurt, or just by the handful. However, it is important to remember that even though this granola is a waaaaaay better option for you than processed store-bought cereals, it is still a treat! If getting lean is your top priority, even healthy treats must be enjoyed in moderation and at the right time of day. 

So now you know my big goal (Precision Nutrition Certification December 19th there I said it again) and you know one of my avoidance tactics (what? I'm making home-made nutritious food I'm being productive I'm totally not wasting time). On the journey to achieving a sizable goal, it's really easy to convince yourself that you are taking steps that move you toward that goal, when you are actually dancing in circles. It's especially easy when you are all by yourself. Now that I'm sharing this story with you guys, it's clear to me that my granola caper was a fun distraction dance, but in the moment, I totally justified the choice. That's why accountability is so important to goal acquisition. You need a village, folks.

What is your biggest health goal? What steps are you taking to move towards it? More importantly, have you shared your goal with anyone else? Please share in the comments, or post your favorite avoidance tacits on instagram with #procrastinationboogie and tag me @hannahhusband

In the meantime, enjoy your granola!