Spice in the Kitchen: Masala Chai Chocolate Chunk Granola



























I wanted to make something baked for my daughter's teachers for the holidays, but after leaving my son's school on Friday, I realized every mom was coming in with a plate of cookies. Wanting to be somewhat original, I decide granola would be a welcome respite for her potentially cookie burdened instructors.  Of course, I had to put my own twist on a basic recipe and leave out nuts (since they are not allowed in her school).

I had some sprinkled over a bowl of Greek yogurt with honey and Oh. My. God. It was awesome. Sometimes my crazy experiments work and this was one of them. My 4-year-old daughter did all the dry measuring, mixing and spreading AND she made the gift tags. We packed them up in some cute Christmas tins. Super simple and hopefully unique.

Masala Chai Chocolate Chunk Granola (with Vegan, Gluten-free options) (Nut free!)

4 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats (Use gluten-free if need be.)
1 Cup of Coconut Flakes
1/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Coconut Oil (Veg works as well)
1/4 cup Liquid Sweetener (Honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Cardamom Powder
1/2 tsp. Ginger Powder
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 cup Chopped Crystalized Ginger
1/2 cup Chocolate Chunks (Vegan, if making making vegan.)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine oats and coconut.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, oil, sweetener, spices, salt and vanilla. Heat on low and stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool slightly.
  • Combine wet to dry. Coat the oats really well.
  • Spread mix on a 4-sided cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 20 minutes, and give it a stir every 5 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven. Let oats cool completely. Add ginger (my fav is from Trader Joe's) and chocolate. Mix it up and serve! Makes about 5-6 cups.

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