Friday, June 6, 2014

142.0…Strawberry Vanilla Almond Granola

Another winning granola recipe was created in my kitchen. 

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I love homemade granola and it's beyond easy to make. The best part is is that you can customize it with whatever ingredients you like. This recipe has a ton of my favorites. 

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Strawberry Vanilla Almond Granola (Makes 3 cups)

Ingredients:

1 cup strawberries, washed and hulled

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 

1 cup almonds, roughly chopped

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

3 Tbsp butter, melted

1/2 cup honey

1 cup dried strawberries or cranberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Blend strawberries in a blender or food processor until pureed. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, cinnamon and salt. Stir in pureed strawberries.

2. Mix vanilla into melted butter. Stir honey into butter mixture. Pour vanilla-honey-butter mixture over oats mixture; stir to combine. 

3. Spread granola on a baking sheet in a thin layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for one hour. Fold in dried strawberries or cranberries, as desired. Store in an airtight container. 

Printable Recipe

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Last night my son went to a birthday sleep over at a friend's house. My husband was away so it was just my daughter and I. I took her to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner. I had the Tricolore Pizza.

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We had a great "ladies night" together!

Breakfast this mooring was scrambled egg beaters with salsa, chicken sausage, green onions and cheddar cheese. 

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We picked up my son and came home. Today has been spent tackling my to-do list. I'm making great headway. 

Lunch was roasted salmon and a Caesar salad. 

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A little while ago, I decided I was hungry. Cascadian Farm recently sent me these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Bars to try.

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I might have to say it was the best granola bar I've ever eaten. Crunchy, chewy, salty and sweet. Perfect!

What's your current favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

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