hippie-crack-web-1-e1355416622118I am among the many people with resolutions this year to lop off a few pounds. One plan for doing this is ending my cupcake addiction. Luckily, one of my favorite cupcake stores — Baked and Wired in Georgetown — has provided me with an alternative snack: Hippie Crack.

This granola snack combines oats, slivered almonds, and coconut all toasted up and mixed with dried tart cherries, apricots, currants, cranberries and honey. It’s also available without fruit. I tried the granola with fruit, because I generally like the tartness that cherries and cranberries bring AND there are no raisins in the mix.

I circulated a big package around the table at an office meeting (that Baked and Wired gifted me). Within 30 minutes, the bag had gone around the room a couple of times and there was nothing left in it but a few crumbs. Not a complaint in the bunch, but several requests for more.

Addictive? Probably not.

Delicious? Definitely.

This snack has fast become my go-to desk snack, which is substantially healthier than the occasional afternoon cupcake that previously had my heart. However, I have to admit that at night, I have been known to add a handful of chocolate chips and peanuts to the mix, which make it take on another dimension entirely.

Baked and Wired is located between 30th and 31st street, just south of the canal in Georgetown. The address is 1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW; Washington, DC. Hippie crack is available for purchase there or online . I highly recommend you grab a bag, even if you’re not constraining your snacking like I am!

Elaine blogs about life with her two young children at Connor and Helen Grow Up.