Wow. Summer in Ohio is here. It is consistently 90 degrees with an average humidity of 3000%. I am pretty sure I will never be able to wear my hair down again. Hello fro! That being said, I was in the market for something light and fresh to snack on in between sweating and sweating some more. So.....meet summer granola. I promise you this is so much more than your average granola mix. Lemon and honey are a match made in flavor heaven. It is super easy and portable too....so think road trip, beach, pool, lake.....it is literally the perfect (and healthy snack).
2 cups Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup raw almonds (shaved or chopped)
1/2 cup raw cashews (chopped)
1 Tbsp. black chia seeds
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO---Rachel Ray slang)
1/3 cup honey + 1 Tbsp. honey
Zest of 2 large lemons
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray a baking sheet lightly with olive oil and put aside. In a large bowl mix oats, almonds, cashews and chia seeds. Stir to combine the mixture. In a smaller bowl, whisk 1/3 cup of honey, lemon zest, olive oil, vanilla and salt. Slowly pour liquid mixture into the dry mixture and combine thoroughly. Evenly spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Remove granola and drizzle with the remaining 1 Tbsp. of honey. Place back into the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Let mix cool and devour. I am not going to lie....I bought some vanilla cashew milk.....and you better believe I am already salivating over breakfast tomorrow.
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