gluten free

Simple Chai Spice Granola

Granola is a staple in my pantry whether homemade or store-bought. I look for brands that have less than 7-8 grams of sugar per serving. My favorites are Grandy Oats or Nature’s Path Organic (see more dietitian approved brands here).

Making granola at home is actually quite easy. This recipe takes no more than 30 minutes and is a great recipe to meal prep for a quick, healthy breakfast or snack.

I like to keep my recipes simple and adaptable. We're not all chefs and we definitely don't have to be in order to eat healthy. Feel free to use whatever ingredients you have on hand - you will see some ideas and notes listed in the ingredients below. For this recipe, I used chai spice but feel free to adjust it to use whatever spices you have on hand (cinnamon, turmeric, and pumpkin pie spice would all be great!). 

Buckwheat is a type of (gluten-free) grain and gives this granola a really nice earthy taste. I highly recommend the buckwheat but 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. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients except the dried fruit. 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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Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal (for a crowd or the freezer)

While the frozen oatmeal squares may not be the prettiest picture, it says nothing about their taste. Baked oatmeal is easy to prep ahead and it tastes amazing too! This warm winter breakfast is perfect to serve to a crowd or slice and save for easy breakfasts throughout the week. You can store it in the fridge or freezer and microwave when you're ready. I like to top mine with greek yogurt or a peanut butter drizzle. 


Ingredients:
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups soy milk (or milk of your choice)
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg (or flax or chia egg*)
2 medium sized apples, any kind, chopped (leave the skin on for added fiber)
1/2 cup of cranberries (I used fresh, but frozen or dried will work too)
cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, other other spices to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Lightly grease a 9x9 baking dish or line with parchment paper.
3. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
4. Spread the mixture in the baking dish and bake for about 30-40 minutes, until golden brown.
5. Top with yogurt, a drizzle of peanut butter, or berries to serve. Enjoy!

 
 

 

*To make a flax or chia egg, combine:
1 Tbsp ground flax meal OR 1 Tbsp chia seeds + 3 Tbsp water
allow to sit for about 3 minutes, it will become thick and gooey like an egg white and has the same binding properties