Honey Chai Granola

When Ben and I travelled to Louisville last week, I got to visit my friend Emily in her new home. She was making homemade granola that smelled SO good. I decided to try the recipe she used, and I don’t know why its taken this long for me to start making homemade granola! It is a thrifty and delicious way to save grocery money (and make the house smell awesome for an afternoon).

Emily shared this recipe with me and I couldn’t believe how simple it was! In my head, making your own granola was something reserved for hippies and Martha Stewart. Now that I’ve given it a try, I want to encourage you to jump in and try it as well!

(This is the original plain granola recipe from The Live Fit Girls, with my additions, modifications, and tips printed in red.)

Dry Ingredients
  1. 3 cups quick oats (Costco sells a 10lb bag of Quaker Oats rolled oats for $7. That is enough to make 19 servings of this granola!)
  2. 1 cup raw almonds, chopped (I used 1 cup of whole almonds, a few handfuls of walnuts, some dried cranberries, and dried honeycrisp apple slices)
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup honey (I used a little more than this because I wanted the honey flavor to really stick out. It will make the granola a little stickier, but I thought it was worth it!)
  2. 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
  3. 1 tablespoon cinnamon (2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of cardamom. These are the spices used in chai tea and chai lattes.)
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a glass baking dish and toast them in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. (I mixed the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and then put them on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. A baking sheet with the edges is ideal, so your oats don’t spill over the sides.)
  3. While the oats are toasting, combine the wet ingredients. (I melted the coconut oil in the microwave in a 2 cup measuring cup, then added the other wet ingredients)
  4. After the oats are toasted (they should be very aromatic), drizzle the honey mixture over the oats. Stir until well combined.(Emily suggested puting the toasted oats back in the mixing bowl and adding the wet ingredients this way. It is much easier to get the ingredients well incorporated)
  5. On a baking sheet lined with wax paper (or aluminum foil) form a single layer of the oat mixture.
  6. Place the baking sheet back in the oven and turn the over OFF. this will allow the granola to finish toasting without burning. Let it sit in the oven for 5-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

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There you go! A simple and easy recipe to add to your baking repertoire. I use this granola in breakfast yogurt parfaits. Plain greek yogurt, raspberries, granola, and raw honey make a great start to the morning!

Thanks for reading,

Avery

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