Chai Spiced Granola
Feb 22, 2023
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This chai spiced granola is sweet and salty, packed with a variety of nuts and seeds, and coated in warming, aromatic spices!
It’s hard to go back to store-bought granola after making it at home. Not only is it super easy to make, but you can control the ingredients and switch up the flavors. Plus, there are no funky additives! I have recipes for honey granola and maple almond granola in my cookbook. But today, I’m making this warm and delicious chai spiced version.
I’ve been sprinkling this on endless yogurt bowls or anything where I want some crunch and sweet, warming flavor. And it stores perfectly for weeks. Aka — it’s perfect for meal prep!
Chai Spiced Granola Recipe Ingredients
There’s honestly so much room for creativity when making granola. But since I love chai spices, this is a fun and flavorful blend I think you’ll instantly fall in love with.
- Nuts: I’m using a blend of almonds, pecans, and cashews. But feel free to use other nuts of your choice.
- Seeds: Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are great for giving this granola a boost in vitamins and nutrients!
- Spices: Like my chai latte, you’ll need a mix of cinnamon, ground ginger, cardamom, and allspice.
- Sweetener & Flavors: Blackstrap molasses, honey, and vanilla extract act as the binding ingredient for all the nuts and seeds. But they also give this granola a sweet touch!
Find the printable recipe with measurements below
How To Make Granola
Blend the nuts and seeds. Pulse them in a food processor until they’ve been chopped to a medium texture. Alternatively, you can roughly chop them with a knife.
Stir everything together. Stir together the nut and seed mixture with the spices, blackstrap molasses, honey, and vanilla extract. Everything should be well-coated!
Divide and bake! Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spread the granola on top of each in an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes at 275°F (135°C), then remove the sheet pans from the oven and stir the granola. Rotate your pans when you place them back in the oven and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
Helpful tip: It can quickly go from golden to burned within a minute, so keep an eye on it. It won’t look any different when it’s done baking and will still be soft – that’s fine. It will harden once it cools.
Let it cool. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool for at least 30 minutes before using or storing away.
Ways to Use Granola
- Make it a part of your breakfast routine. You can top this on yogurt bowls, chia pudding, smoothie bowls, cereal bowls, or even on top of fresh fruit!
- Add some crunch to your dessert. This is great for making fruit crisps (like my berry crisp), making it a part of chocolate bark, or sprinkling on top of things like ice cream.
- Eat it as a snack. Sometimes, I love to snack on a handful size when I want a quick crunchy bite throughout the day!
How to Store Granola
I like to store granola in these large glass jars. But any airtight container will work just fine! Here are two ways to store it.
- To store for the week: Store this granola in a large jar or container at room temperature for several weeks.
- Freezing for later: If you want to enjoy this for another month, this can be stored in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months!
More Healthy Snacks
As I always say, having homemade healthy snacks on hand is a good idea. So here are some favorites of mine to choose from!
- Trail Mix Granola Bars
- Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- No Bake Energy Balls
- Ultimate Seed Crackers dipped in this Classic Hummus
- Baked Plantain Chips (or Zucchini Chips!)
I can’t wait for you to make this delicious chai spiced granola! Once you do, let me know your thoughts and how you use it in the comment box below.
Chai Spiced Granola
- Preheat your oven to 275°F (135°C). Place your nuts and seeds into a food processor, and pulse until they've been chopped to a medium texture. Alternatively, you can roughly chop them with a knife.
- Place the nuts and seeds into a large mixing bowl. Add the spices, molasses, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir together thoroughly.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the granola mix evenly between the two pans in a single, flat layer.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the sheet pans from the oven and stir the granola. Rotate your pans when you place them back in the oven. Cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, being careful not to burn the granola. Note: It can quickly go from golden to burned within a minute, so keep an eye on it. It won't look any different when it's done baking and will still be soft – that's fine. It will harden once it cools.
- Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes. Place it in a sealed container and store it for future use.
- This is my favorite KitchenAid Food Processor that works so well for this recipe and many others!
- Each serving is about 1/3 cup.
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Recipe originally posted May 2015, but updated to include new information.