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My Girls’ Chai Granola

The other night, two of Marissa’s best friends, Kaley and Lindsey, were over. They wanted to cook or bake, but my cupboards are currently pretty bare.

whole chai spices

I had been thinking of baking up a batch of Chai something. Not sure what, but I’ve really been craving Chai lately. So we settled on Chai Granola, mostly because I had everything needed so no trip to the grocery store would be necessary.

They threw it together while I instructed (bossed them around) and snapped photos.

3 girls chai granola

Three-Girls’ Chai Granola

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup wheat germ
1  1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground star anise
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup diced dates and/or figs

chop walnuts

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil.

oats, nuts, seeds, germ

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ.

chai spices

Stir in the cinnamon, cardamom, salt, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, cloves, star anise, and allspice.

add honey

In a small bowl place the melted butter, honey, and vanilla;

butter honey vanilla

stir to combine.

add in honey mix

Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture;

stir in honey

mix together until the oat mixture is evenly coated with the honey mixture.

dump onto pan

Spread granola onto the prepared baking sheet.

stir every 10 minutes

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

stir in dates

Remove from oven and stir in the dates/figs.

Let cool completely. Store in a tightly covered container.

Makes about 5 cups

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There aren’t any shots of the girls’ faces in the granola-making pictures because they were in their PJ’s and didn’t want to be seen in photos.

But just so you know just how gorgeous they are… that’s Lindsey in the red, Marissa in the middle, and Kaley -second from the right.

The other two beauties are Astrid, in the purple top, and Paige – the newly engaged Paige – on the right end. Love these girls! xoxo


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3 comments

1 Marissa { 01.03.13 at 12:38 PM }

I wish I had brought some back to SF with me 🙂

2 Marissa { 12.08.14 at 12:39 PM }

I am going to make this for Christmas presents for co-workers and friends this weekend 🙂

3 Linda Hopkins { 12.08.14 at 12:44 PM }

Your friends and co-workers are lucky indeed! xoxo

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