Breakfast of Champions …

or at least Nike Goddesses like me, who are in training for a physical push! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day you know — could even be the most memorable if you eat nutritiously delicious things like this granola. My friend Jill brought this to me and it was gone in two days!


1 box oatmeal [the old fashioned kind with Mr. Quaker on the box]
1 box bran flakes [no name brand is OK]
1 1/2 cup flour + 1 pound brown sugar
2 cup olive oil
3 cup honey
8 oz pecans
8 oz any other kind of nut you like [almond slices, sesame seeds, etc]

Mix all together and spread evenly on cookie sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, like Pam. Bake at 200 degrees for two hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
Let cool and mix with your favorite dried fruit [cranberries, cherries, raisins]

Now, I’m told this makes a ton. I’m making my first batch today — so I’ll report back.
Speaking of report back — how are all of you doing in your training?

p.s. and how big of a dork am I that I dress up my granola to photograph it. Got some new Strano ribbon in the mail and had to show it off!


  1. Yum! I’ve been struggling with breakfast…maybe this will get me into it again.
    Workouts are coming along…meeting with my trainer at the YMCA tonight to add more weights to my routine. Up to walking 2 miles in 30 minutes, doubled my distance since you posted the challenge. I want to be up to 3.5 by June.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. sounds yummy — and not a dork at all for adding the ribbong, I would have done the exact same thing, lol!

  3. The heck with the granola, I just need to learn how you made that perfect bow (mine never come out that good!)

  4. Lori Carlson says:

    My training’s going well, thanks for asking :). I’m incorporating the occasional sprint to increase my pace. . . granola looks yummy. My kids freak out at nuts so maybe I could grind them up or something and sneak them in. . . looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing it! And how can I get one of those Stampin’ Up stamps? Are they for next year’s catalog so I have to wait?
    Lori Carlson

  5. I’m taking the dog with me – she won’t let me forget our morning walks.

  6. Wendy McMurry says:

    I ran my first race in 20 years today. It was only a 5K but I ran the whole time and was happy to finish. Now I just hope to continue to improve my time. It was 40 degrees today and quite windy. I think that may have added to my none spoken time.

  7. Why stop at the bow? Next time, maybe a little hat or scarf…?! ;) I just had to comment because I agree, the bow is p.e.r.f.e.c.t.

  8. Ran the Canyonlands 5 mile run over the weekend, now upping the training for the SLC 1/2 marathon. Bring on the miles!!!

  9. Hmm gotta make granola tomorrow. As for the ribbon, why make your own granola if you aren’t going to bother to dress it up! Tena

  10. Allison Barnes says:

    Ok my friend,
    That sounds like dessert, not breakfast! Do you realize how much fat is in that? and calories with 1 pound br sugar and 3 cups honey?? yes there is some healthy things….but it wouldn’t work on my diet. I guess that is why you run 5 miles everyday, so you don’t have to count your calories! You ispire me to workout harder so I can eat like you and look skinny like you!
    i am so excited about computer shopping tomorrow!
    Love ya!

  11. My training: so so. I’ve not yet hit my stride. But—it will come. MMMMMMM on the granola but I’m LOLing at Allison’s comments because I thought the same thing. I think all GOOD granola is like that.

  12. I love dressed up granola. Perfectly wonderful. I’m getting closer to my goal of getting my blue belt in Tae Kwon Do. In fact on Tueday I was called upon to teach a beginning student his first set of kicks and punches. I project that I’ll advance to blue belt by the end of May. woo hoo
    Of subject. I love BPS. I’ve read it through 3 times and have actually completed four LOs by journaling first and illustrating with pics. Thank you for the concept. I love it.

  13. Your neighbor guy was right…you are altogether too happy. Even your granola looks happy! Good for you….thanks for posting the recipe. I plan on trying that one out!

  14. Suzanne Balvanz says:

    I have THE killer macho recipe for granola. I will post it to MY blog and you guys can try. It’s tried and true YUMMY. I have not made it for a while. Now I am in the mood for it….
    My training took a detour when I had to have my appendix out last week. But I have lost 12 pounds!! I am motivated. Am I motivated enough to buy a swimsuit….NO! But I am keeping my eye on the goal: MY HEALTH. It’s a prize!

  15. this sounds and looks yummy.
    I will give it a try

  16. ur a sber. sounds just fine to me.. love the pic! and that recipe sounds great, gonna have to try that.. thks stacy!

  17. Training is awesome. We have one month to go for the race. I have been worried, but I will finish, no matter how or when I will finish. It seems life is throwing me all kinds of curveballs though, my two year old broke her leg, my shoulder has had issues, so one mri and one horrible needle thing later, I am back baby, and stronger than ever. If I can mentally kick those things, I think I can do this, right. oh and thanks for the book recommendation, it is awesome especially for a first time runner, and someone who choose her first race to be a half marathon all up hill. Thanks for the recipe, my diet stinks, so any suggestions or other recipes I would love them

  18. well, if you’re a dork then i’m a dork too. because i would totally do the same thing. i’m sure the jar looked very lonely and plain without the decoration. and now it’s so festive and pretty. makes me want to try the recipe. do you eat your granola dry or with milk?
    btw, i’m in the colorful you class and love the project. so excited to get started.

  19. If I had that ribbon, I would show it off too!!!
    I am going to try cutting the recipe in half, as I can’t imagine eating that much….thanks for sharing it!!
    I wasn’t on your “list” for a run, but did plan on doing one in April, but have been sidetracked by VERY BAD back (yesterday Dr. gave me strong muscle relaxers and told me to lie flat for 4-5 days……doesn’t he know I have a 20 month old AND have my brother in law & sister in law and their three kids coming tomorrow????)

  20. I think your granola looks devine! Love that ribbon! ;)

  21. Love granola, can’t wait to try the recipe. I’ve started my training for the 5K in May. Actually, today was the first day of my training schedule (I got it from Runner’s World). I did intervals, and to be honest, it kicked my butt. I told my hubby I am so out of shape it is embarrassing. He replied that its only embarrassing if I don’t do anything about it. It felt good to work up a sweat. Thanks again!

  22. Kathryn W. says:

    I bet you you have a beautiful pantry, with all your jars and cans decorated so nicely with pretty ribbons!
    I didn’t get signed up for your challenge in time, but it did motivate me to start training to do my very first 5K in June. I’m working hard, and building up my endurance. I might not be able to run the whole thing, but I will finish!
    Thanks for the challenge!
    Kathryn (in Herriman, UT)

  23. So far, my training has been moreso on my stationary bike in the basement, than running! When I do run—I am doing the walk/run for 3 miles–it’s slow, but coming along! :D
    Granola recipe looks good! I would also like to know how to tie the perfect bow! :D

  24. LOVE granola!! my training is going great. I am actually considering a fall marathon. yup all 26.2 miles. I snuck in 9.5 miles this morning and felt pretty good. thanks for the inspiration!!!

  25. yum!! i love granola. I might need to try this :)

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