Since I've been working a good bit lately, I decided I ought to make some good granola to keep me going throughout the day; there's nothing worse than being at work hungry! I decided to make a chai spiced granola - it's been something I've wanted to do for a while - and I am so happy with how this turned out.
Because I'm not a huge fan of cardamom, I went with a very subtle spice mix for this granola. If you like it stronger, just increase each spice by 1/4 teaspoon. I love the flavor of this, and it's the perfect mix of soft and crunchy. I used both golden and regular raisins and a dried fruit mixture of prunes, apricots, pears, and apples, but use whatever dried fruit is your favorite, in the same amount! Same goes for nuts and seeds.
This granola is perfect with a splash of milk, over some plain greek yogurt, or just by the handful. It's full of healthy fats, slow absorbing carbs, and protein, so it'll keep you feeling satisfied for a long time. Perfect! :)
Chai Spice Granola
makes about 2 quarts
4 cups oats
2 cups kamut puffs (or brown rice puffs)
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cardamom
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cloves
1/2 t ginger
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t pepper
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 t vanilla
1/4 cup (14 packets) truvia *see note
2 cups dried fruit (raisins, etc.)
In a large bowl, combine the oats, kamut puffs, coconut, almonds, sunflower seeds, salt, and spices. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, water, truvia, and vanilla together over medium heat, stirring until the coconut oil is melted and the truvia dissolved.
Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture, and stir until evenly coated.
Spread the oat mixture evenly onto two baking sheets, and bake at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool slightly, and then stir in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.
*Note: You can use 1/2 cup sugar in place of the truvia, or you can use 1/2 cup honey, and then lower the amount of water to 1/4 cup.