Strawberry Almond Granola

Life is a constant battle. And everyone is battling something.

Whether it’s your job, school, relationship or just making it through the day, there are struggles.

For example, I just finished my second Organic Chemistry test – which was worse than the first, in case you were wondering – and am starting to read the next chapter. In the same day. Nope, no breaks for me. Well, a couple breaks – I went to Whole Foods [love that place] and watched the tail end of Giada’s cooking show and grated my nail while trying to grate cheese [ouch..] but other than that, I’m jumping straight in.

Life is a struggle sometimes, people, but you gotta keep trudgin’ through. You just have to. Make a bad grade? Do better next time. Screw up in your meeting at work? Brush it off and prepare for the next one. Having just a totally bad day? Take a bath, drink some wine, read a book, and start tomorrow off on the right side of the bed.

Granola always helps, too. You can follow waking up on the right side of the bed with some strawberry almond granola. This granola is actually soft, which is a nice change from the normal crunchy granola. It works well in yogurt and, though I haven’t tried it in milk, I’m sure it would be delicious. I plan on having that tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow is going to be a good day, I can feel it. Optimism, people. Optimism.

Strawberry Almond Granola
Adapted from How Sweet It Is

2 c old-fashioned oats
1/2 c chia seeds
1/2 c wheat germ
1/2 c chopped almonds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c honey
3 tbsp applesauce
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 c strawberry puree (about 5-6 large strawberries)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mix olds, chia seeds, wheat germ, almonds, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.
3. In a food processor, puree strawberries. Combine with applesauce and vanilla extract.
4. Mix honey into oat mixture. Add strawberry mixture. Combine.
5. Spread into 9×9 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.


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