Who out there is a fan of anything and everything chai flavored? To me, chai spices just smell and taste like the holidays in food form. Baking this granola will actually make your home smell better than any fall scented candle and is guaranteed to make you want to cuddle up on the couch with a large cup of coffee with a side of granola. Not only does this granola taste like the best of Fall, but it also is vegan, gluten-free, and guilt free as it’s sweetened only with maple syrup. So what are you waiting for?! It’s time to stock up on some spices and make this crunchy good Chai Spice & Pecan Granola!
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So the trick with this granola is almost to cook it a little bit longer than you think. First you’re going to add all the dry ingredients to a 9*13″ pan (I prefer glass or ceramic so the granola doesn’t stick ). After the dry ingredients are mixed, you’re going to stir in the wet ingredients until every single pecan and oat cluster is coated. Other than those two steps, the only other necessary step is to stir this granola half way through baking to guarantee that all the clusters bake evenly. While the granola will come out of the oven crispy, it’s best eaten after 20 minutes of cooling time to get to that absolute ideal consistency.
I personally love making this granola every other Sunday for the easiest meal prep hack! It makes quite a lot of granola (enough to feed me for about 2 weeks if eaten every morning), so it really is the perfect way to meal prep a healthy delicious breakfast or snack for the week. My two favorite ways to eat this granola include on a smoothie bowl for breakfast or on top of a date filled with almond butter for a snack. Can we say YUM!? If I’m being totally honest, I am not above eating this granola straight out of the jar. If you’re ready to stop buying ridiculously expensive packaged granola and make your own HEALTHIER version at home, this recipe is definitely for you!
In case you are looking for some of the tools & ingredients used in this recipe, I’ve put a few of my favorites for you here:
- I love baking my granola is a glass or ceramic pan over a steel pan because I find it cooks more evenly and is much easier to clean. This Amazon Basics 2 Pack is a great deal and works perfectly for baking this granola! I don’t recommend using a pan different than 9*13 inches as baking time will vary quite a bit if a different sized pan is used.
- The biggest investment for this recipe is buying all the spices! Luckily I bake enough that I have all of these lying around, but here are links to the spices you truly can’t make this granola without: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cloves!