This chia seed granola is both chewy and crunchy and is naturally sweetened in a bath of maple, honey, vanilla, coconut oil love.
Chia seeds. I love them.
But I will admit that I was a little intimidated by this quote unquote superfood. Having a ten-dollar bag of chia seeds in your cupboard without a real game plan, plus the fear of screwing something up will do that to ya (or me). But then again, having them go to waste just sitting there (figuratively staring at me) would have gnawed at my conscience (and wallet) also.
It took me many trips to the grocery store before I would even buy them. I’d pick up a bag, look at the price, set it back down and tell myself next time. Until it was the next time (which in my world is literally the following day) and then the cycle repeats. One day I bit the bullet and took out a loan to buy a bag (kidding, sort of) and I haven’t looked back since. So if you’re on the fence on whether to purchase chia seeds… go for it! Nowadays there is a plethora of recipes out there on the internet to choose from. I know! You should start with this one!
For those of you who are familiar, what’s your favorite thing to make with chia seeds? I’m still playing it safe by sprinkling it on my oatmeal and making a quick jam out of them, and my most recent conquest was adding them into granola. They add a pop of color, texture and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. See?! Chia seeds are totally worth the price tag they carry.
Truthfully speaking, you could add them into any granola recipe you like, but in the one I’m sharing with you today is both chewy and crunchy, with an ingredient list of coconut, chia seeds, golden flax meal (for an extra omega-3 boost!), pepitas (fancy talk for pumpkin seeds) and naturally sweetened in a bath of maple, honey, vanilla, coconut oil love.
The ingredients are pretty straightforward. Oatmeal (I like Bob’s Red Mill thick-cut rolled oats), chia seeds (again, I use Bob’s Red Mill), unsweetened coconut flakes ( I use, you guessed it! Bob’s Red Mill), ground golden flax seed (do I even need to say it?), pure maple syrup, honey, unrefined coconut oil and salt. For a lumpy granola, you’ll need two eggs whites.
And no, this is not a sponsored post for Bob’s Red Mill. Although, this recipe made me realize that I purchase a lot of it! 😉
In a medium bowl combine 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, 1/4 cup warmed coconut oil…
…then 2 tablespoons of honey and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla…
…lastly a pinch of kosher salt and then whisk it. If the coconut has cooled too much, simply pop the bowl into the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds or pour it into a small saucepan and heat until the coconut oil has melted.
Into a large bowl, combine the 2-1/2 cups old fashioned oats, 2/3 cup flaked unsweetened coconut, 1/2 cup of pepitas and chia seeds and 1/4 cup ground golden flax seed.
Stir together and then pour in the maple-honey-vanilla goodness…
And stir to combine.
Lastly, separate the egg whites from 2 large eggs and whip until frothy.
I add egg whites to my granola because I’m a big fan of lumps where my granola is concerned. Feel free to omit it if you’re avoiding eggs and for a loose granola.
Give everything one last toss to get the egg whites mixed through out.
Pour the granola mixture onto a pan that has been lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
Use the spatula to spread it out evenly.
Slide the pan into a preheated 325 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes. Rotate the pan and continue to bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer or once the granola is golden brown.
Allow the chia seed granola to cool for at least 30 minutes. During this time the granola will crisp up a smidge.
Once the chia seed granola has cooled use a wooden spatula to break it up into pieces.
For breakfast or for a snack, I drop in fresh fruit. Today it’s fresh raspberries, tomorrow could be bananas and blueberries or any fresh seasonal fruit I have on hand at the time. Dried fruits work too!
Then I drizzle with about 1/4 cup or so of vanilla kefir. Myyyy favorite.
This chila seed granola will last a few weeks in an airtight container. [affiliate]
Confession: I like a bowl of it still a little warm from the oven. Warm granola, cold berries and kefir = YUM!
Obsessed much? Yeppp.
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