They say that cereal is something you can eat by the handful and in a matter of minutes the box is empty. While I can’t say I’m personally much of a boxed cereal monster, I am certainly a granola monster. Oh, granola! My kryptonite. It goes a bit like this …

The mid-morning munchies hit: Eat granola.

The post-lunch dissatisfaction: Eat granola.

The afternoon munchies hit: Eat granola.

Pre-bed snacking: Eat granola.

Bored? Eat granola.

You get the message. The beauty of granola is how adaptable and versatile it is. With a myriad of flavor combinations, the possibilities are endless. If you’re like me and can probably face plant an entire batch over a mere two days, a good homemade granola makes the perfect gift for your friends, colleagues, or yourself.

Check out these 10 amazing recipes that will keep your taste buds pimpin’ in cereal.

1. Coconut Chia Granola via Fit Foodie Finds

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When two trending superfoods combine they present to you … granola! Top this with some Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and get your morning off to a roaring start.

2. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola via Sally’s Baking Addiction

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A granola recipe that’s like an oatmeal cookie but healthier? I can get on top of that. The fact that it’s clusters too? You’ve got me sold on this one!

3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola with Bananas via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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Can you hear that sound? It’s Elvis crying in his grave. Why wasn’t this granola around during his time when he had to suffer peanut butter and banana sandwiches?

4. Chocolate Cherry Granola via The Healthy Maven

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Fact: Chocolate and cherries are one of the best pairings known to humankind. That you can already get a serving in the morning just makes it that much better. Eat this on a Monday and your week will be off to an awesome start!

5. Apple Pistachio Granola via Fit Foodie Finds

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A texture party for you and me! Tart, chewy apples paired with crispy, savory pistachios, this granola is a flavor explosion that can be eaten by the handful!

6. Lavender Mango Granola via Healthy Nibbles and Bits

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No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you. That isn’t a flower growing out of the granola. Imagine the best smelling flower in your garden now being a part of your breakfast. Let’s not forget the delectable purple punch of color!

7. Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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Just pass me my hula skirt and coconut bra!

Okay, maybe not. Instead, just pass me this granola and I’ll pretend I’m in the tropics.

8. Fried Granola via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

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You have no excuses now! For those too lazy to turn on the oven when the granola craving strikes, just heat a pan and add your favorites to it and – BOOM – instant granola!

9. Lemon Blueberry Granola via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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I once bought a perfume that was lemon/blueberry scented for a girl I had a crush on. It smelt terrible, and the girl turned out to not be worth it either! This granola, however, would be the opposite of that entire experience.

10. Cherry Almond Granola via The Pretty Bee

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If cherry and chocolate is a banging combination, cherry and almond comes a close second. A touch of healthy fats contrasted with the tart cherries – you’ll be grateful for this bowl of fuel that will have you ready for anything.

So start getting fancy with your granola and whip up a batch or ten of these delicious and nutritious recipes. No longer should granola be considered a breakfast food: it’s also the perfect snack to pack away for a day on the go.

Now please excuse me as I rev my oven and make an executive decision about which granola to whip up first.

Featured photo credit: Arman Liew at thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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