Strawberry Almond Granola

It’s highly probable that I will never need to eat again in my entire life. The one great thing about the holidays is that you only have to feel guilty about how much you’ve been eating after New Years. On January 2nd, it is no longer acceptable to keep running back to your fridge and grabbing whatever you can carry. And let’s be honest, by then you really should have thrown away your Christmas leftovers.

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So for everyone that is too full to move and has been sedentary on their couch for the past week, I wanted to give you something a bit healthier for a change. Something to break the sugar coma you are probably in after eating all of those Christmas cookies. There’s no need to deny it, I’m still suffering from one myself.

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I’m going to try this thing starting in January where I eat a bit healthier, or well “attempt” to eat healthier. Or maybe I’ll just start working out more. That’s more-or-less my motto on life: as long as you work out, you can eat to your heart’s content. And that includes the occasional Crunchified Burger from Bobby’s Burger Palace, YUM. And maybe a bag of sour cream and onion chips here or there.

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So to give you something a bit healthier to have instead of more sugar, I bring you Jessica’s Strawberry Almond Granola. Just be careful. The name does imply that these contain almonds, but because I lost my mind a few months ago, I let Meg eat some of this. And she’s allergic to all tree nuts. Thank God I did not kill her. But if you are not allergic to almonds, this granola is wonderfully delicious! It has that perfect granola texture and can easily be converted from crunchy granola bites to granola bars just by adjusting your cooking time. Also, if you or a loved one suffers from the same ailment that Meg does, this granola would be perfect without it. You’d still get that great granola crunch that is absolutely necessary.

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Strawberry Almond Granola
Recreated from the always hilarious, How Sweet It Is

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed (or whole because I am a dumb-dumb)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry puree (about 5 or 6 large strawberries)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine oats, flaxseed, wheat germ, almonds, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together so they are completely incorporated. After cutting the tops off the strawberries, add them to a food processor (or a blender). Blend until pureed. Set aside. In a microwave-safe container, melt butter and mix in vanilla extract.

To the oat mixture, add in the honey and mix until it covers all of the ingredients. Then add in the butter/vanilla mixture along with the pureed strawberries and stir to combine.

On a greased baking sheet, spread the granola in an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes so that the granola becomes brown on all sides. If you prefer granola bars, do not mix and allow to cook for the full 20-25 minutes until the granola is golden brown. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

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Oh and this also happened since I am not the sharpest tool in the shed. But the blender is.

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