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September 14, 2020

Sugar-Free Chai Spice Granola

Sugar-Free Chai Spice Granola is sweet and crunchy. Filled with chai spices, it's the perfect treat to enjoy with a warm mug of tea!

Hot take: chai is one of the most underrated fall flavors.

Seriously. Everyone goes crazy for pumpkin and apple. But they forget about some of the other amazing autumnal foods.

I mean, pecans, one of my FAVORITE nuts, are a great fall flavor. And when you turn them into bourbon pecan pie, oh my gosh I'd take that over apple or pumpkin pie any day.

People also forget about yummy flavors like maple, ginger, and pear. Y'all. There are so many great fall flavors. How beautiful that we get to enjoy such a variety of foods.

And, of course, chai.

Chai is probably the most forgotten, because people tend to dismiss it as just a 'flavor' of tea.

Well, friends, we're taking chai to the next level today. We'll take the warming spices you can find in any chai tea and using them to spice up this granola.

Sugar-Free Chai Spice Granola

What is chai?

The word chai is actually derived from a Chinese word that means tea. So basically, chai means tea.

But you'll usually hear it used to refer to a specific type of tea. The full name is masala chai. It's black tea flavored with herbs and spices, with added milk.

The typical spice mix includes cardamom, the most prominent ingredient, as well as cinnamon, ginger, star anise, and cloves. Variations might include pepper, coriander, nutmeg, or fennel.

We'll draw on some of these spices for our granola. YUM.

Sugar-Free Chai Spice Granola

Ingredients

  • Quick Oats: Oats are the classic granola ingredient. Normally I use rolled oats, but I find quick oats pair better with the next ingredient.
  • Puffed Millet: Millet is a grain, just like oats, but puffed millet is special. Technically puffed millet is already cooked, and you can eat it as is. When we bake it as granola it gets nice and crispy.
  • Chai Spices: We'll use cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, coriander.
  • Salt: Salt enhances the sweet flavors.
  • Maple or Date Syrup: I used date syrup in this particular recipe, but as in all my granola recipes, maple syrup is interchangeable for date syrup.
  • Vanilla Extract: For an extra burst of vanilla flavor.

How to make Sugar-Free Chai Spice

Step 1. To make this delicious granola, start by preheating the oven and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2. Then add the oats, puffed millet, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, coriander, and salt to a large bowl.

Step 3. Stir in the maple / date syrup and the vanilla extract.

Step 4. Spread onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Step 5. Let the granola cool completely on the pan. This step is key because it's what ensures the granola gets nice and crispy. When it's cool break it into clusters. Enjoy!

Sugar-Free Chai Spice Granola

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for warming foods that are both delicious in healthy. Amen.

Related Recipes

Check out my Chai Spice Blondies for more chai flavor.

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Sugar-Free Chai Spice Granola

Sugar-Free Chai Spice Granola is sweet and crunchy. Filled with chai spices, it's the perfect treat to enjoy with a warm mug of tea!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

6

Prep:

5

min

cook:

15

min

total:

20

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Quick Oats
  • 2 Cups Puffed Millet
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Coriander
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Maple or Date Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the oats, puffed millet, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, coriander, and salt to a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the maple / date syrup and the vanilla extract.
  4. Spread onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Let the granola cool completely on the pan before breaking into clusters. Enjoy!

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November 15, 2021
Elizabeth | The Plant-Based Catholic
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking.
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography