One of the reasons I love being a food blogger is the seasonality of recipes.
The flavors and flavor combinations change with the time of year and the holidays, so being in the kitchen is always exciting!
It's also fun when a specific food or flavor lasts more than one season.
For example, carrot cake is popular in both spring and fall, during the Easter and Thanksgiving holidays. (You HAVE to try these Carrot Cake Bars when those holidays come around!)
Another example is lemon. It's celebrated in spring and summer, from March to August.
Over the last two years I've shared Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes, Lemon Blueberry Bread and Lemon Chicken Stir Fry, so I knew I needed another winning lemon recipe this year.
Enter: Lemon Blueberry Granola!
Step 1: preheat the oven to 350°F and set out a baking sheet. I always use aluminum baking sheets because they bake evenly, so if you're using a darker material or pan, you'll need to reduce the bake time by 2-3 minutes each time. Also, for this recipe, you won't need any parchment paper.
Step 2: zest and juice the lemon. Be sure to zest first! I like using a small, handheld zester like this one, but you can use a regular cheese grater too.
(Note: if you're in a pinch and don't have a fresh lemon, you can use 2 tablespoons lemon juice from a bottle. However, I highly recommend using a fresh lemon because the zest really brings out that gorgeous lemon flavor!)
Step 3: in a small bowl, whisk the applesauce, protein powder, maple syrup, lemon juice, cashew butter, and salt until smooth.
Step 4: in a large bowl, combine the oats, Cheerios, cashews, and salt.
Step 5: pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and fold gently until well combined.
Step 6: spread the granola on the baking sheet in an even layer and bake!
Step 7: let your homemade granola cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a bowl, toss with the dried blueberries, and let cool to room temperature.
Step 8: store in an airtight container like a ziploc bag, glass jar, or plastic tupperware in a cool, dry place. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months!
One of my favorite ways to enjoy my blueberry lemon granola with a bowl of nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (this brand is the best!) with a drizzle of sugar free maple syrup on top.
It's also delicious with milk. I love unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any milk is great.
I hope you love this fun twist on homemade granola! It's definitely not the usual flavor you've had, but it's addictingly delicious and it's a great way to enjoy all those yummy summer flavors. I think it's my new favorite granola recipe!
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This healthy homemade Lemon Blueberry Granola is the perfect summer granola recipe. Each cluster of oats has chopped cashews, dried blueberries, and fresh lemon mixed in. You'd never guess it's gluten free, sugar free, and vegan!
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