recipe: strawberry shortcake granola

I have gone back and forth as to whether to name this granola "Strawberry Almond Granola" or "Strawberry Shortcake Granola" ... in the end, I have decided upon "Strawberry Shortcake Granola" because when you get a bit with a dried strawberry, that is distinctly what it tastes like.

My sister, Jonna, created this recipe, and she has been graciously making batches for us. It is delicious with milk or yogurt (we prefer Noosa brand), and Raffa loves to eat it plain (okay, I eat it plain, by the handful, too).

For dry ingredients you will need rolled oats, sliced almonds, pecan pieces, sunflower seeds, toasted coconut shavings, salt, and cinnamon. You will also need dried strawberries, and I adamantly prefer Steve Paleo Goods' dried strawberries for taste and freshness.  (The strawberries will be reserved until after the granola is baked.)

For the wet ingredients, you will need honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, almond butter, and vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

Measure and combine your wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Take a quick break for a game of peek-a-boo, and then pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well until thoroughly coated. Spread over a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 250º for 60 minutes to 75 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes and until granola reaches desired level of brown-ness. Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Add dried fruit and mix. Now enjoy your tasty granola.

Strawberry Shortcake Granola

dry ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup pecan pieces
1/2 - 1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup toasted coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6oz dried strawberries

wet ingredients:1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup almond butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 cups dried strawberries - we use a whole bag of Steve's Paelo Goods Paleo strawberries and chop them into pieces

method:Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl.
Mix wet ingredients together in smaller bowl.

Combine well, and spread on to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 250º for 60-75 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes.

Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Add dried strawberries and mix. Now enjoy your tasty granola.

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