Hello again! It’s so nice to finally have some time to post. First and foremost, I made it to Level 8 Regionals for gymnastics! This was a really big accomplishment for me, especially since the only way to qualify was to finish in the top 8 all- around for my age group. I finished in third, while winning floor and placing second on bars. You could say I was more than a little bit excited. The only disadvantage is that Regionals are being held in Maine, which is a relaxing 5-6 hour drive away. I’ll be sleeping.
While everything in gymnastics is going smoothy, things in the viola world are also picking up the pace. Our music finals, called jurys, are being held in less than one month! There was a large scheduling conflict with mine (something about Regionals being on the same day) so I am actually taking my jury in the middle of May instead of the end of April, like everyone else.
I might be slightly overloaded between gymnastics and viola, but you can be sure I’ll always make time to bake! I love almond butter. More than peanut butter. The texture, the taste, everything is just amazing. Add some honey or some maple syrup? I’m already drooling. This granola was from the Barney Butter website (one of my favorite almond butters) and is de-lish. This would be a great addition to your Easter brunch or as a post-Passover specialty. Happy Holidays!
Almond Butter Granola
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (more depending on taste)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line 1 cookie sheet
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, pecans and cinnamon. Using a microwave or a double boiler, melt together the almond butter and the honey. Once melted, add the vanilla. Pour this mixture over the oat mixture and toss together until fully coated.
- Bake for 12 minutes, tossing the granola around at 8 minutes to prevent burning. Once cooled, add chocolate chips.
Have a happy holidays everyone!