Totally been on a home-made granola kick this fall. I love a good bowl of granola at any time of day, but a lot of the store-bought varieties tend to be a) a little boring (honey and raisin, really? come on), b) overly sweet, and c) lacking in the nut/protein department.
I’ve made a lot of different granola recipes, but this one is by far my favorite. The coconut oil gives the oats a perfect crisp without being too oily, and the chai spices are addictive and delicious. Half of this granola seems to disappear while I’m waiting for it to cool because I can’t resist popping little handfuls while it’s fresh out of the oven!
If you’re not sure about the chai spices, don’t worry. While the flavor is present here, it’s not overpowering. If you’re really not a fan of chai, just leave out the cardamom, or sub in some apple/pumpkin pie spice mix (add 2-3 tsp in place of all the other spices).
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of my favorite granola varieties as I experiment in the kitchen!
Recipe: Honey Chai Granola
Makes about 4 c granola
Prep/2, Leftovers/5, Guilt Factor/5, Overall/5
2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 c wheat germ (or flax seeds or ground almond meal for added protein)
1/4 c coconut oil (can sub canola or olive oil if you want)
1/2 c honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each ground ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c raw nuts (I used slivered almonds, whole cashews, and walnut pieces)
1/2 c shredded coconut
1 c dried fruit (very berry mix or golden/regular raisins, cranberries, etc.)
To make the granola:
Mix all the dry ingredients, minus the dried fruit. Melt the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla in the microwave for about 45 seconds until liquid, and pour over dry ingredients. Mix well. Spread on sheet and bake at 300 F for 30-40 min, stirring every 10 min, until nuts are golden and toasty. Do not over-bake, or the honey will develop a burnt flavor. Granola will continue to crisp as it cools, so don’t worry if it seems less crunchy than you’d expect.
Immediately when you remove the granola from the oven, mix in dried fruit. This is important so that the fruit picks up the chai flavor! Let cool completely and store in air tight container. It will keep for several weeks (if it lasts that long)!
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