It just got hippie in here.

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Summer is here and it’s officially time to start thinking about my bikini belly.  As such, I bring you this very delicious granola, packed with all sorts of hippie deliciousness that is sure to make your bikini belly very happy- we’re talking about quinoa, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, and heart-healthy nuts.  Just pretend that you didn’t see the browned butter and chocolate on the ingredients list… Pretending probably burns calories too.

Browned Butter Quinoa Granola

From How Sweet Eats

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 C. Rolled Oats
1 C. Cooked Quinoa
1 C. Toasted Almonds, Chopped
1/2 C. Ground Flaxseed
1/2 t. Salt
1/4 t. Cinnamon
4 T. Butter
1/2 C. Honey
2 t. Vanilla Extract
1/2 C. Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds or Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

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Brrrrrowned butter baby.  Whisk your butter over medium-high heat until it gets golden brown.

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It looks so gross and yet it tastes sooooo good.

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Add the honey to your browned butter.  The basic ingredients to everything delicious: salty buttery and sugary sweet.

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Then add your vanilla to that delicious soup :)

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Then chop up those delicious almonds and add those to a new bowl.

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Then add the oats in the same bowl as your almonds.

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And then the quinoa too… QUINOA guys!  Do you feel healthier already?

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You should, but wait… there’s more…  Because there is ground flax seed too!  Mmmmmm, according to WebMD, you’ve just reduced your risk of stoke, cancer, and heart disease.  BOOM!

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Oh, but I’m not done yet… bring on them chia seeds!  Helloooooo omega-3 fatty acids!

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Oh goodness.  Are you excited?  I’m so excited!

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I swear I read somewhere that cinnamon helps boost your metabolism.

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Add that liquid happiness to the mix…

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… and smashety smash mash it up!

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Spread that yumminess on your cookie sheet and bake at 325 for ten minutes, then remove it, toss everything around, and bake for another ten minutes.

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CHOCOLATE!  But only once your granola is slightly cool.  Patience, grasshopper.

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Final Step: Package adorably & enjoy!

Mangia!

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