Simple Chai Spice Granola

Granola is a staple in my pantry whether homemade or storebought.

While it can be challenging to choose a healthier store-bought brand (see some dietitian approved brands here) it's surprisingly simple to make it at home. I like to keep my recipes simple and adaptable so you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand. We're not all chefs and we definitely don't have to be in order to eat healthy. I happen to have a ton of homemade chai spice on hand but feel free to use a mix of whatever spices you have (cinnamon, turmeric, pumpkin pie spice, etc. - those are my faves but get creative!). 

Buckwheat is a type of (gluten-free) grain and gives this granola a really nice earthy taste. Feel free to substitute it for extra oats or another whole grain like quinoa.

To make your own chai spice . . .

Combine the following ground spices . . .
1 Tbsp ginger + 2 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp cardamom + 1 tsp allspice + 1 tsp cloves

 

Ingredients:

Dry:
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup roasted buckwheat (also known as kasha)
1/2 cup chopped almonds (walnuts or pecans would be good too)
1/4 cup dried currants, cranberries, or fruit of your choice
2 Tbsp hemp seeds

Wet:
2 Tbsp nut butter (I used 1 T peanut butter, 1 T tahini)
1 Tbsp milk, any kind
2 Tbsp honey (or real maple syrup)
2 tsp chai spice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking sheet.
2. Combine the dry ingredients, all but the dried fruit, in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.
3. Combine all wet ingredients in a separate, smaller mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly with your hands.
5. Spread on your baking sheet.
6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until it starts to get golden brown. Add the dried fruit with about 10 minutes left to prevent burning.
7. Sprinkle on yogurt or eat by the handful!

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