A sweet almond-scented blueberry crisp topped with a cinnamon-spiced oat streusel. This irresistible dessert is still healthy enough for breakfast!
- This past weekend, after one of my best friends from high school graduated from medical school, her parents threw her a big party to celebrate. Their extended family and friends made up the majority of the guests, but our other best friend showed up too, and she and I spent the evening laughing, talking, and helping out our friend’s mom behind the scenes.
- We offered to set out the dinner plates for the gourmet Indian food buffet, pass out glasses to all of the guests for the toasts, pour sparkling apple cider and champagne, and serve everyone slices of the congratulatory tres leches sheet cake during the heartwarming photo slide show at the end of the night.
- During the long moments in between taking care of food and drinks, the two of us sat on the wraparound porch in the spacious backyard, overlooking the pool and the lawn where the guests mingled and hugged our sweet med school graduate friend. Since five months had passed since we last saw each other, we spent hours catching up and sharing the really deep, personal stories that had surfaced during our time apart.
- In those quiet minutes where dusk turned to darkness, I realized how important it is to have soul mate friends. The ones who understand you and love you, who pick you up when you fall down, who stand by you through your best and not-so-great moments, who laugh at your jokes and give you as many hugs as you need. They’re the ones you can talk to every day or twice a year and it doesn’t matter because you’ll pick up exactly where you left off.
- I’m so lucky to have those two girls.
- At the end of the party, when the stories had been told and the stars twinkled above, we sat at the empty dinner tables while our friend’s cousin started playing upbeat Indian music through the stereo speakers. And when most of the family ran out to the backyard to dance, our friend’s mom pulled us both onto the dance floor where her aunt taught us how to jump to the bass beat, wave our arms, and twist our wrists like everyone else.
- Dancing like that is the perfect stress relief. Moving to the rhythm, shaking our shoulders and arms and hands, twirling and laughing, hopping around until our calves hurt and our lungs gasped for breath… It was exactly what my body and soul needed. Friends, laughter, dancing, and joy.
- Just like soul mate friends are good for the body and soul, food can be too. Especially dessert. Like this Clean Blueberry Almond Crumble! It’s made with wholesome, clean-eating ingredients that my body loves, but it still tastes sweet like the treats that my soul craves. It’s the best of both worlds!
- Continue reading & see the recipe! ›› Clean Blueberry Almond Crumble