Last month, after six straight recipes failed on me, including two that I trust and bake all the time, I realized I didn’t just have a streak of bad luck… My oven had broken, and I needed a new one. ASAP.
How else would I be able to continue creating new recipes to share with you??
That evening, I called my dad, the king of researching almost every topic under the sun, and we talked about the size, brand, and features of the best ovens for baking. He helped me pick out the exact model that would work best for my recipe testing, so the next day, I drove to Home Depot to pick it out.
After walking around the kitchen appliance section of the store, I couldn’t find it. I checked every oven on the floor, and when I finally asked an employee for help, she pulled up the inventory on a computer screen.
After clicking around for a few moments, she replied that not a single Home Depot in the San Diego area stocked that particular oven model… It was a special order. And the nearest store with it on display was over a hundred miles away.
From the parking lot, I called my mom, who had checked in with me before I left on my oven purchasing adventure. Upon hearing the news, she typed a few things into Google and eventually found a local place in my neighborhood that supposedly featured the exact model I wanted in their showroom.
I quickly drove there, a little hesitant about that coincidence feeling too good to be true, but within ten seconds of walking through the doors, a kind gentleman greeted me and showed me the beautiful convection oven I wanted, prominently on display in the wall of their massive showroom. Within fifteen minutes, I had paid for the oven, signed all of the paperwork, and scheduled its installation for the end of the week.
What a huge relief!!
So when my parents drove down to visit a couple of weekends later, I baked a batch of this Healthy Almond Butter Granola for them as a thank you for helping me find the perfect oven! They’re both trying to cut back on sweets, and since they go through jars of almond butter faster than I can blink, I thought using it in this healthy breakfast granola would be absolutely perfect for them—especially because Dad often eats a bowl of granola right before one of his weekend hikes!
This healthy almond butter granola is full of big crunchy clusters (even though it contains no butter, oil or refined sugar!), all thanks to my secret ingredient and special baking trick. Plus it has just 122 calories in each serving!
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