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Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola {vegan + GF}

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola {vegan + GF}

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola {vegan + GF}
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Hi there friends. Whew. It’s been a crazy few weeks around here! On May 23rd, Karl and I welcomed our son into the world after a long 30 hour labor (it wasn’t as bad as it sounds-it was full of naps, snacks, and a trip to my chiropractor). Edward arrived in the early morning at a whopping 9 lbs, 11 oz and 21 inches long. And we are madly in love! As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I spent some time prepping meals and filling my freezer with them. Boy, am I glad that I did! I also spent some time making bread and granola and this is one of the granola recipes: strawberry macadamia coconut granola.

Yum!

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

In addition to the very sound advice of doing meal prep before a baby arrives, I also was advised that I should really take it easy in the first two weeks (at least) after giving birth. The meal prep tied right into this advice. My husband and I were so lucky to have my mom come and stay with us for the first week. She taught Karl so many things and both of them took care of me and allowed me time to heal while I focused on taking care of Eddie. I think I changed one diaper in the first week. Win!

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

The freezer meals and prepped food were so amazing to have on hand. They carried us through the first two plus weeks. We didn’t have to worry about what we would eating each day, plus we had other family and friends visiting and bringing baskets of food and wonderful treats.

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

The feelings have been pretty overwhelming at times. Besides this new profound love I have for my little baby, I have also been experiencing profound gratitude. Gratitude for the good health of my child and a birth that was as amazing as I had hoped for. Gratitude for all of the love and support of our family and friends. And gratitude for Karl. It’s been incredible watching him become a father. It’s like I am falling in love with him all over again. I had a feeling that would happen. 🙂

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

So this granola. It’s full of summery magic! I love using the freeze dried strawberries. The flavor really comes through-so good! The toasted coconut and macadamia nuts perfectly pairs with the tart strawberries. I ate this a lot over the past few week simply with almond milk poured on top. It would also be lovely in a yogurt parfait or on top of a smoothie bowl. You really can’t lose. 😉

Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola {vegan + GF}
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup (honey for a non-vegan version)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and salt.
  3. Melt the coconut oil with the maple syrup or honey and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour over the oats mixture and stir until completely combined.
  5. Spread out evenly on a baking tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes to ensure even baking.
  6. Let cool completely and then stir in the freeze dried strawberries.
  7. Enjoy!
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Strawberry Macadamia Coconut Granola Vegan

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