strawberry white peach granola

Strawberry and White Peach Granola

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strawberry white peach granola

I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and these freeze dried strawberries caught my eye. I asked myself:

“self, what does one do with freeze dried strawberries other than enjoy them in their natural state?

Granola?

Granola!”

This was my first time making granola, and the biggest thing I took away from almost wrecking my first batch is that the granola will not be crunchy / crispy when it first comes out of the oven. As it cools, it becomes more crunchy, but straight out of the oven it is pretty soft still. Do not be tempted to leave it in the oven thinking it will come out crispier – you’ll just burn the sugar and end up with oatmeal brittle instead of granola. I made this mistake the first time, which left me with more chewy granola that crunchy granola. It’s still tasty, just not what I wanted as the texture for the final product. Heed my warnings!

strawberry white peach granola

Granola is really easy! Oatmeal, dried white peaches, freeze dried strawberries, brown sugar, almonds, sunflower seeds, honey, vanilla paste, coconut oil (you can also use regular vegetable oil, but I like the subtle flavor the coconut oil adds).

strawberry white peach granola

Combine the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey, vanilla paste / extract, and sea salt.

strawberry white peach granola

Add in oats.

strawberry white peach granola

…and sunflower seeds. These add such a nice, nutty, salty crunch.

 

strawberry white peach granola

…and the almonds.
…and sorry, I got super excited that I could get a one-handed action shots while performing said actions.

 

strawberry white peach granola

Stir it all together and spread over a greased baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees, stirring half way through.

strawberry white peach granola

Attempting to pop this in your mouth right out the oven is ill-advised. But, you’ll do it anyway because you love food (obvi – you’re here, right?). Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Let this cool completely in the pan before breaking apart.

 

strawberry white peach granola

While the granola is cooling, prep the fruit – dice the white peaches. I personally like my fruit chunks a little big, but cut to your desired size.

strawberry white peach granola

Try not to eat all of these. I got a quarter of the way through the bag before I slapped my own wrist. I had to remove myself from this delicious situation.

strawberry white peach granola

Stir the fruit in with your granola and devour!

 

strawberry white peach granola

A delicious breakfast treat! BTW, this granola will keep for 3 weeks in an airtight container… although I doubt it will last that long.

 

Strawberry and Peach Granola

makes about 7 cups in about 45 minutes

Ingredients

1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup honey (not from a plastic bear)
1 tbsp vanilla paste or extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick or instant)
1 cup of almonds, slivered or chopped
1 cup sunflower seeds, roasted
1.2 oz bag of freeze dried strawberries
1 cup dried white peaches, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil and set aside.

Combine coconut oil, brown sugar, honey, vanilla paste/extract and salt in a medium bowl. Add in oats, almonds and sunflower seeds.

Spread evenly over greased baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring half way through.

(Note: The granola won’t be crunchy/crispy ot of the oven, so resist the urge to overbake. It will crisp up as it cools.)

Cool complete on the sheet. Crumble to desired sized chunks and stir in fruit.

Devour.

And if you don’t, it’ll keep in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Yay!

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