Strawberry Granola CrunchMay 25 2011 by
While I own a lot of cookbooks and cooking magazines I rarely get my inspiration for recipes from them. Usually I’ll see a product at the store and will get inspired to make something out of it. But the inspiration for this recipe came from Glee. Yes, as in Glee the AWESOME AND FANTASTIC TV show! Yes, I’m a Gleek and I never miss an episode – EVER! I was watching a couple of weeks ago and Rachel had just gotten a strawberry slushie thrown in her face and I thought to myself, “At least it was strawberry, everything tastes better with strawberry on it”. Weird thought I know but that thought combined with my craving for granola lately totally triggered this recipe. My local Whole Foods sells these amazing dried strawberries in their bulk section that worked perfect in this recipe. If you can’t find them at your local health food store then substitute with either dried cranberries or raisins.
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (use a gluten free oat as needed)
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup whole fresh strawberries (tops removed)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raw honey or coconut nectar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup dried strawberries, raisins or cranberries
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with non stick foil and spread the cashews and almonds out in a thin layer. Place in the oven for about 4-5 minutes, flip the nuts over and bake for another 4-5 minutes or until the nuts are toasty and golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool completely.
- Once completely cooled, place the nuts into a plastic bag and using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer gently crush the nuts into smaller pieces. Don’t overdo this step – you don’t want them finely ground, just lightly crushed.
- In a large bowl combine oats, cinnamon, crushed cashews and almonds. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Place the strawberries in a food processor (or blender) and blend until pureed. Set aside.
- Add honey, vanilla and strawberry puree to the oat mixture and stir to combine.
- Line a baking sheet with non stick foil or parchment paper and spread the granola in a single layer on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes. Don’t be concerned if your granola seems mushy. Trust me on this!
- Remove from the oven and let it sit and cool for one hour. After your granola has cooled and become crunchy, fold in dried strawberries.
- Enjoy with your favorite greek yogurt, milkor simply grab a handful and enjoy!
Makes approximately 6 cups.
Serving size 1/2 cup.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 241, Cal. from Fat: 101, Total Fat: 11g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 32.5g, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugars: 18g, Protein: 5.5g, Sodium: 34mg, Chol: 0mg
Store any leftover granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. You can also store it in the fridge for up to a month.
I’ll also note that as my daughter and I were making this recipe we were totally singing along to Glee songs. We had a blast making this and an even better time eating it! So fellow Gleeks out there – what’s your fav Glee song??? Post in the comment section and let us know which song or songs you are loving! Right now I’m digging Rolling in the Deep – Jesse and Rachel are so good together!
My apologies to any non Glee people out there for this Glee inspired post- are there any non Glee fans? Surely not!