Strawberries add such a sweet happy note to any morning. I created a new granola flavor featuring strawberries and vanilla for a touch of joy in my breakfast.
Using powdered freeze dried strawberries in the granola mixture allows for a rich strawberry flavor, accented by the sweet note of vanilla. Together they taste like strawberries and cream — even with no cream in sight! (Though, for a special treat try it with actual cream. Fabulous!)
This granola recipe is fast to make, and creates a big batch. You may halve the recipe with excellent results. And for those of you who avoid gluten, this one’s for you! Though oats are naturally gluten free, Celiac folks should look for oats which have been processed in a gluten free facility.
I use avocado oil for my granola recipes because I like the creamy neutral flavor, though you may choose to use any neutral vegetable oil. Enjoy!
1 LB 12 oz whole rolled oats
11 oz sliced almonds
12 oz (1 cup) honey, warmed for easier mixing
1 1/2 cups powdered freeze-dried strawberries
3/4 tsp sea salt
2 TB vanilla extract
2 TB water
3 1/2 oz (1/2 cup) avocado oil
Start by measuring the honey into a glass measuring cup with pouring lip. Warm the honey in the microwave for 45 seconds — this helps to speed the mixing of the granola. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread onto two rimmed, parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 35 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Cool, then store airtight. Serve with fresh strawberries and milk or yogurt or non-dairy milk.