After having been away for a week with friends in sunny Mexico (and successfully eating chips and salsa at every meal), and then coming home to New Year’s parties, coffees, brunches, lunches, and meet-ups galore, I was very ready for some good ol’ introverted alone time to rest up and recharge over the weekend. And it was delightful. I spent hours and hours curled up with my pup watching The Good Wife, I had a few jam sessions with my pretty new electric guitar, I made a few batches of soup to freeze and a big batch of this deliciousness for the week ahead — chai-spiced granola.
I learned long ago that there is a 100% direct correlation between how I plan ahead for breakfasts and what I end up eating. If I’m intentional about it and have my pantry and fridge stocked with good options, I’ll eat ’em! If that doesn’t happen, I either skip breakfast entirely (not wise) or don’t always make the healthiest choices. C’est la vie.
So to kick off the new year right, I brought home my favorite Greek yogurt, a big bunch of bananas (my favorite parfait topping), and decided to make a big protein-packed batch of granola that tastes like my favorite warm winter drink. Mmmm, chai.
I was initially going to name this “Chai Granola”, but I realized that might be a tad bit misleading since this recipe contains no tea (or caffeine). Instead, I just pulled together all of those delicious spices and seasonings that make the drink so wonderful and stir them into a batch of honey-sweetened granola.
This turned out to be a very good idea.
To make the granola, I simply mixed together my favorite base recipe which includes oats, your choice of nuts, coconut, and is naturally-sweetened with honey (instead of sugar). And then I stirred in lots of chai spices so that you’re sure to taste them in every bite.
(Note that when I say “spices”, this is not spicy. Rather, it’s spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, cloves, etc.) ;)
Then just bake it all up until it’s nice and toasted.
And serve it however you’d like!
I generally like my granola served simply with almond milk, or in a Greek yogurt parfait topped with fruit. But it’s also a delicious snack when enjoyed just plain on its own. Go with whatever floats your granola-lovin’ boat.
If you’re really feeling the chai love, you can even serve it with some chai tea on the side. Overkill? ;)
Of course, the granola can also be kept in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks or so, making it a fantastic pantry staple to have on hand. Or if you’re feeling generous, it also makes for a great gift to give to friends. ;)
The chai spices definitely kick this up a notch from your usual plain granola. So if you’re a fan, you should definitely make this recipe happen. Enjoy!
This chai-spiced granola recipe brings all of the goodness of chai seasonings to a protein-packed, naturally-sweetened granola!
Chai-Spiced Granola Ingredients:
1/2 cup honey or agave, warmed
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and hot
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups old-fashioned oats (or gluten-free oats)
2 cups nuts (I used half almonds, half pecans)
1 cup shredded coconut
chai spice mix (see below)
Chai Spice Mix Ingredients:
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. (Or if your baking sheet isn’t very large, I would recommend lining two smaller sheets.)
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the warmed honey, coconut oil, vanilla and almond extracts until combined. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, toss together oats, nuts, coconut and chai spice mix until evenly combined. Add in the honey mixture, and toss until the dry ingredients are evenly coated. Spread the mixture out on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, removing the sheet from the oven at the halfway point to give the granola a good stir for even cooking. Return sheet to the oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the nuts are toasted.
Remove sheet from oven and cool on a wire rack. Store in a sealed container and keep for up to 3 weeks.
Also, check out these other great granola recipes!
Oh my deliciousness this looks (and sounds) absolutely divine!!!
Can not wait to try it out!
This looks amazing! Last for up to 3 weeks? I’ll be surprised if we won’t finish it all in 3 days! :) YUM!
Love the warming spices in this granola – a big bowl of breakfast comfort!
Wow this looks amazing! I love all things Chai so might have to try this out!
Mmm that sounds awesome! Love all of the chai flavors in here, sounds perfect for a cold winter day :)
Yum! Even as a person who has never been a huge granola fan, this looks tempting. I might just have to give granola another try!
I had no idea that you played guitar. That’s so cool. I’m glad you had some time to recharge
This looks delicious Ali! I love granola and I love chai even more! Pinned!
I’d love this to begin the day!! So yummy sounding!
Chai tea on the side is DEFINITELY not overkill…I can’tstopwon’tstop with all thing Chai!
I hope you had the best time in Mexico, and this is looking like the perfect crunch to top my morning bowl of Greek yogurt!
Chai spices (and tea) are my favorite! I can’t wait to make this granola!
Chai is my absolute favorite. Definitely trying this!!
Oh, how I love chai – this is brilliant! Can’t wait to try it.
I love the pictures of the granola on the pan. They seem outside your normal style…dark and moody, but in a really good way! The granola looks delicious!
Loving the flavors! I can’t wait to start my day with a bowl of this granola! Pinned
This looks great! I love the mix of all these spices!!
I’ve made your quinoa granola many times and love it…and since chai is my absolute favourite, I know I will love this too! Would love to hear more about your Mexican getaway too! (to live vicariously through you, of course ;) !)
FABULOUS. Love the spices!
I too made a batch of granola over the weekend! It’s not only one of my favorite breakfasts but a great mid afternoon snack as well! Glad you had a great time in Mexico!
Really like it! Breakfast is my favorite and important meal in one day. This recipe really helps! Thanks!
This looks like the most heavenly breakfast ever! Totally going to make this!
I love Chai so I’ll take a cup on the side too! Made this last night and loved it! The flavor was strong and delicious…definitely tasted like chai…genius :)
Your food pics look amazing!! Wow. Yum.
This sounds absolutely wonderful, love the Chai spice!
I’m a chai nuuuut! (no pun intended…) What a great snack for me to have while I fail at my typical New Year dieting resolutions! :)
I love chai tea and this sounds amazing!
Heavens to mergatroyd! This is a brilliant idea! I never would have thought of this. Seriously, ever. Thank you SO much for all you share.
Come watch the good wife with me and my pup and bring me food :)
YUMMY! I made this last night and just ate with raspberry’s and yogurt for breakfast! I didn’t have any cardamom so I used double the ginger. My only suggesting is possibly a little less all spice. Thanks for a great recipe and I am glad I found your blog!
Just made this today. Love love love!!! I could sit down and eat most of it right now.
I just made this for breakfast this morning and it’s SO GOOD!!!! Paired with a bit of Chobani vanilla…perfect start to Friday! :-) Thanks!!,
This granola is the best! I added a variety of roasted nuts and the smell of it baking in the oven was incredible delicious, it filled the whole house with awesomeness.. My boyfriend and I couldn’t wait for it to cool down and were stealing little pieces from the warm tray :) Thanks for sharing this recipe for happiness in granola-shape!
Thank you, Janine! We’re so glad you and your boyfriend love it!
this granola might be my new favorite!! I didn’t have any honey so I used maple syrup and I also added a tbsp of cacao powder because, well, chocolate. Thanks for sharing :)
Thanks Joanne, we’re happy to hear that! And good call on the cacao powder! ;)
This granola is great! I used cashews and pecans and it turned out great. I love your chai spice mix. Do you have any other recipe ideas that utilize the chai spice mix?
Thanks Elizabeth, we’re glad you enjoyed it! We actually think it would be delicious on popcorn – kettle corn especially! You could also use it in baked goods, or in your coffee or tea! :)
My second time making this granola – absolutely love the way it turns out and it makes the whole house smell amazing! Just wanted to point out that your directions say to add the coconut to the dry mix but also to add the coconut in at the end after baking. I’ve followed the former both times and it’s worked out. I also added pumpkin seeds!
Thanks for sharing Caroline — we’re so glad you enjoy it! And oops, thanks for pointing out that error, we will fix it — good to know both ways worked out well for you though! :)
Love it!! I use it in fruit parfaits & as a cereal. My whole family loves it! My 3 yr old granddaughter barely lets me get it in the container!!
Thanks, Robin — we’re so happy you and your family love this!
I thought I didn’t like chai but I wanted to make this for my daughter who loves it. It smelled so good coming out of the oven I thought I would just taste it. As it turned out I had to make a second batch for my daughter.
This is my third time making it and I’m in love,
This stuff is amazing. I’ve made it three times now, and it’s worked perfectly each time. So much better than anything I’ve ever bought in store, and so easy!
Love Chai must try this recipe next ! Thankyou Ali