“A kitchen, first and foremost, is a place for love and conviviality.” A friend of mine said this to me recently. It stuck, and was the inspiration for this harmonious, decadent granola.

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Chai Orange Granola

Ingredients

  • Oats – 5 cups
  • Cardamom – 1/8 teaspoon plus a pinch of ground cardamom
  • Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon, ground
  • Clove – 1/4 teaspoon, ground
  • Pecans – 1/2 cup, crushed
  • Almonds – 1/2 cup, crushed
  • Flax – 1/4 cup
  • Sesame – 1/4 cup
  • Wheat – 1/3 wheat
  • Maple syrup – 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil – 1/3 cup
  • Orangettes – 1 cup, chopped
  • Chocolate chips (optional) – Bittersweet chocolate chips, as many as you like!

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the oil and maple syrup.
  4. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly so that all the dry ingredients are “wet”.
  5. Spread out the mixture on a baking sheet – you may need two depending on how big your baking sheet is. Flatten down with the back of a spatula.
  6. Bake for 1 hour and 15 min or until the granola is a toasted brown color.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely for a couple hours or overnight – this will ensure chunky granola! (But go ahead and taste it hot and fresh!)
  8. Add the orangettes and chocolate chips last. Store in a jar and gobble with fresh, locally-produced yogurt or milk (from grass-fed cows) and fresh fruit in the morning.

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