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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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Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce

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Greek yogurts (or icelandic skyrs, like siggi's) are great alternatives to things like sour cream, butter, cream cheese, whole milk - heavy dairy products. By using greek yogurt you cut down on saturated fat and increase protein. Siggi's is great because they aim to keep added sugars as low as possible and always have more protein than sugar. Plus, many people who are lactose intolerant can actually eat yogurt because of the bacteria in it.

When it comes to recipes, I'm all about simplicity. If it has more than 10 ingredients, I'm usually out. This sauce has just 5 ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and it tastes amazing on just about anything. It was also selected to be featured in the first Cooking with Siggi's Cookbook. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce

Ingredients:

avocado cilantro lime yogurt sauce

1 ripe avocado, skin and seed removed
1/2 cup siggi's 0% plain yogurt (or 1 small, 5.3oz container)*
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1/8 tsp iodized salt

*it also tastes great with siggi's 2% coconut yogurt

Directions:

1. Add ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
 

 

Try it on:

Stuffed sweet potatoes
Tacos
Quesadillas
Loaded toast
Roasted veggies
Black bean bowls
Grilled cheese
Scrambled eggs
Chicken
Shrimp