Chai Spiced Granola

January 31, 2013 · 13 comments

Chai Spiced Granola | Baking Serendipity

In the past two weeks, I’ve taught two writing workshops. In them, I have a habit of oversharing (no surprise) example life stories, and letting no one leave who hasn’t written an acceptable thesis statement. I tell you this so you know…these aren’t glamorous writing workshops. It’s not really about tea drinking and awkward/creative brainstorming.

They’ve made me infinitely aware of my happenings. (In the same way I remember the dog hasn’t been walked when his face is on my lap, blocking a view of the snow out the window… I don’t always stop what I’m doing to walk.)

They’ve made me remember just how much I love teaching…and simple, reliable structures, like five paragraph essays. (Does anyone else in this world really think this way, and then admit it on the internet?)

Oh. One more lesson thrown in my face these two weeks? That regular routines need to be spiced up a little sometimes. Especially in January. It’s why I stepped away from my desk for a few hours and got in front of people’s faces to talk about sentences and paragraphs.

It’s also why I emptied my spice cabinet into the granola recipe I’ve been making on repeat for the past few months.

We just need to do this sometimes.

Chai Spiced Granola | Baking Serendipity

In its most basic form, this granola is studded with the best things already: walnuts, almonds, dried cranberries and cacoa nibs. It’s coated with an olive oil/maple syrup/honey combination and baked long and slow. I like this.

In this most recent batch, I added cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. These things make their way into chai tea a lot, and add subtle spiciness that gives things a serious flavor depth. I love this.

Chai Spiced Granola | Baking Serendipity

I try to keep a container of granola on the counter all the time. I lazily chop and microwave apples, then top them with a few spoonfuls. It makes it into yogurt most often. And! I’ve been sneaking dark chocolate chips into a small bowl that gets drowned in almond milk in the mornings.

It’s a reliable comfort food made slightly new.

Seriously…things like new nail polish colors and spiced out granola are giving me a whole new life perspective. It might be a cry for help/summer. I dunno.

Chai Spiced Granola
recipe adapted from the Joy the Baker

1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped almonds
8 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons cardamom
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup cocoa nibs

Chop walnuts and almonds, and combine in a large mixing bowl with oats, spices and salt. Set aside. In a saucepan, combine oil, honey and maple syrup and stir over low heat, until melted/thinned. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract. Pour over the oat mixture and toss to coat. Spread granola onto two baking sheets, lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 325° oven for 45 minutes, stirring halfway. Allow granola to cool completely before adding dried cranberries and cocoa nibs. Store (for several weeks…seriously!) in an airtight container. PS: I baked my granola in two batches because two baking sheets is tricky business in my oven. I found that placing one on a lower rack burned the bottom of the granola…but you know your oven best!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Cinnamon @ eatpraytri January 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I want to go to your class!

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Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! January 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Love chai flavors! I bet this granola is so addicting…. I would eat it by the handful, for sure! Looks wonderful.

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Ari @ Ari's Menu January 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm

YES!!! I’ve been dying to make my own granola, and then you come up with a chai one? Done and done,

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Kocinera February 1, 2013 at 4:13 am

I remember five-paragraph essays! Those were my absolute favorite in 7th grade English. :D And that granola sounds amazing. I love the chai spice!

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Emily @ Life on Food February 1, 2013 at 7:03 am

Thanks for the reminder that I need to get my act together and make more granola. Before Christmas I went on a month long weekly batch making expedition. Now not at all. I love cardamom.

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megan @ whatmegansmaking February 1, 2013 at 8:53 am

I love homemade granola, but I’ve never tried it with all these spices – it sounds fantastic.

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angela @ another bite please February 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

i love the chai flavor…a hot chai with soy is my favorite winter drink….and i love granola so what a perfect combo.

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Amber {Sprinkled With Flour} February 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I love adding Chai to things but I’ve never thought to put it in granola mix. What a genius idea! I’ll have to try it out! :)

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Vicki @ WITK February 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

This sounds like it would be amazing on top of some vanilla yogurt! Great spice combination!

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 3, 2013 at 2:20 am

I love all things Chai. This granola is calling my name!

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets February 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I am new to chai, and totally digging it! This granola sounds amazing!!!

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Ashley February 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

This sounds delicious! I can’t get enough of homemade granola but have never tried incorporating chai flavors… what a great idea!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog February 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

I love the way you spiced up this granola. It looks delicious. I would love to sit through one of your classes; I’m a grammar nerd (and an Enlglish major).

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