Hello, Friends! This month, in the spirit of spring, I’m deviating slightly from my regularly scheduled indulgent treat. While we’re nearing summer temperatures down here in Texas, I know many of you dear folks up north can’t seem to dig out of the snow. In lieu of the real deal (though I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!), and because nothing brings more spring-like warmth into your diet than the happy, bright yellow of a perfectly ripe lemon, we’re ditching dessert in the name of the most important meal of the day.
These Lemon & Fig Crunchy Granola Breakfast Bowls serve as the vehicle for one of the most delicious granolas I’ve made yet. The marriage of flavors is the result of my constant hankering for lemon and a my husband’s obsession with all things fig. I must admit, at first I was skeptical of whether the lemon would play nicely with granola, but I was quickly proven wrong. When combined with with the honey-like sweetness of fig, the result is irresistible. The rich, chewy sweetness of the figs is balanced by the sharp floral flavor of the lemon, playing off of one another to create a perfectly complementary pairing with a hearty crunch.
And let’s talk about the crunch. Is cluster-less granola even worth eating? In my world, no. Big, hearty granola clusters are a way of life around here and, thus, I give you a recipe for granola that is crunchy, clustery and full of the chewy bite you’d expect from a homemade granola. And because of nutritious breakfast is of the utmost importance, it’s packed with protein and superfood goodness to add a little kickstart to your morning routine. Almonds, quinoa (crunch!) and coconut oil add nutrition and staying power, while fragrant lemon zest and poppy seeds add a dose of springtime goodness. Honey lends it’s earthy sweetness while doubling as our glue and dried figs add a contrasting chewy texture.
In a pinch, add milk and enjoy. On mornings with a slower timeline (weekends only in my household), I like to use the granola as an element in something a little more special — Lemon & Fig Crunchy Granola Breakfast Bowls. A little greek yogurt and a fresh fig garnish goes a long way, adding a touch of gourmet to a simple Saturday morning. Add a drizzle of wildflower honey as a nod to spring plus an almond milk latte (perhaps with a touch of lavender syrup?) and you’re on your way to spring brunch perfection. Enjoy!
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