Chai Spice Granola

The weather has turned, and so it is time for me to start baking with all the flavours of fall. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. For breakfast every morning I have a bowl of homemade granola with soy milk or coconut yogurt.
Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend here in Canada and so I am counting down the days to turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and all the fixings. We always have multiple thanksgiving dinners between our two families. In preparation for the gluttony that will come this weekend I’m trying to keep my food intake simple this week. Starting my day with this granola is a good place to start. It tastes a bit more like Christmas than fall to me but I think it works for this weather none the less.
You take a good basic granola recipe and change up the spices, giving it an extra kick. I overbaked mine by about 5 minutes. It’s still delicious but not quite the consistency I like.
Granola is one of those wonderful things that is so incredibly simple to make. One double batch will usually last me a week and a half to two weeks. It takes about ten minutes to throw together and 30-40min to bake. An easy thing to throw together on a Monday morning while you shower and plan out your day. Only one more day until my first Thanksgiving dinner of the weekend, I am excited to spend some time in my home town with old friends and my family. Eating way too much food, revelling in the quiet and giving the pup free reign of my parent’s huge backyard.
 
Chai Spice Granola (double batch)
6 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats or minute oats)
1 1/2 cups seed or nut of your choice
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 cup maple syrup
4 tbl canola oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 325
In a large bowl mix together the oats and seeds or nuts
In a small bowl combine the spices
Add the spices to the oats
In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix until the oats are completely coated
Bake for 30-40min stirring every 10min to avoid burning
Stir in raisins or cranberries as it cools
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