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Chocolate-Chunk Coconut Granola (Vegan, GF)

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And I could hold on
I could hold on to who I am and never let You
Change me from the inside
And I could be safe
I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home
Never let these walls down
— "Called Me Higher" - All Sons & Daughters

Sometimes I wonder how much easier my life might be if I just kept my head down, focused on one thing, and motored through it all. Like, in every area of life - in my faith, in school, in blogging, and even in relationships. 

  • faith: if I could keep my eyes locked on God, never turning away or blinking even just for a moment. 
  • school: not changing my major, better preparing myself for exams, registration, etc., and... studying harder. duh. 
  • blogging: finding a niche and sticking to it - baking, breakfasts, fitness, faith. but no, I'm over here trying to squeeze posts in every category. 
  • relationships: girlfriends, guy-friends, and guys-who-could-maybe-be-something-more. in fact, if I could just forget the last category altogether... man, that'd be a lot less stressful. 

But, truth is, I can't. Do I want to live under a rock? Do I want to isolate myself? Do I want to stay exactly where I am, both physically and spiritually? No. God, please no. So, why is this all such a challenge? Well, because it is and because that's life. Because I'm imperfect and indecisive and tempted by various things and attracted to various people and places. I'm thankful for my curiosity, but I sometimes find myself wishing for a brain that didn't jump around all the time. 

God, why can't my mind and heart be tilted to see only you? 

I've wondered that all too often, especially this past year, and this morning a song came on Spotify that contained God's answer in these lyrics (which come just after the ones stated above in the same song)...

But You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You will lead me, Lord
— "Called Me Higher" - All Sons & Daughters

God calls us out of our comfort zones because it is by those steps we experience growth. It is by those steps we grab His hands tighter and tighter. 

Distinguishing between where God is calling us and where we are simply going can be the biggest challenge, though, right? Sometimes the only way to distinguish (or the fastest way) is to just step, to just go for it. Whether it's a path God made or one made by another, in such an instance will become clear when it leads to a stronger relationship + deeper passion for Him or a dead end, respectively. 

Can I just say that I have most certainly experienced both outcomes? *raises both hands in emphasis*. I have trusted and I have ignored God. I have studied for exams and I have bombed others. I have loved blogging and I have wanted nothing to do with. I have pursued relationships and closed the doors on others. Each experience has ended with a sigh - sometimes a sigh of defeat and sometimes a sigh of relief and gratitude. 

Makes about 3 cups

1 1/4 cup rolled oats (GF if needed)
1 cup brown rice crisps
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp. cacao powder
3/4 cup NuttZo Chocolate Power Fuel 
2 Square Organics bars, cubed

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking pan with parchment paper. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, crisps, coconut, and cacao powder. Set aside. 
  3. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk the coconut oil and NuttZo until well-incorporated. Pour into the dry ingredients, add the cubed bars, and stir to combine. 
  4. Spread mixture onto the baking pan and bake for 20-24 minutes, or until slightly darkened in color and crisped. 
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve immediately and store leftovers in an airtight container for up to one month. 
  6. Enjoy!
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