vanilla chai-spiced granola

All the wonderful flavors of chai spice in a comforting granola form…  absolutely perfect sprinkled over a bowl of yogurt, or snacked on by the handful!

I finally recovered enough from the great pumpkin granola debacle of last month to attempt to make some more.

I was not, however, ready to attempt another pumpkin granola yet.  Bad memories and all…

So I switched from pumpkin to one of my other favorite fall treats.  Chai!

And boy am I glad I did!!  This simple cardamom-vanilla chai granola is perfect for this cold fall weather we’re having!

vanilla chai-spiced granola

Ingredients

  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly spray or grease the foil.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, salt & spices.

In a small saucepan combine the oil, honey & sugar and heat over medium heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth.

Pour the warm honey mixture over the oats mixture and combine well, using your hands to really get every bit of oats coated.

Spread the mixture out on the greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes for loose granola and every 20 minutes for bigger clumps, until the granola is golden brown and dry.

Cool completely and then store in tupperware in the cupboard for up to 2 weeks if it lasts that long!

http://sweetannas.com/2011/10/vanilla-chai-spiced-granola.html

adapted from Together Table and Bon Appétit

 

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