I don’t think I have ever made a chunkier, crunchier and downright chai-ier granola in my life. This is hands down a new favourite when I’m after those satisfying big clusters. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t look through the freshly made batch to hunt out the biggest clusters and then devour them before anyone else gets a look in? Please say it’s not just me.
I love to bake granola, and am so happy to be sharing another recipe with you today. I’ve switched the granola game up a bit here, as you’ll notice the recipe is syrup and oil free. So, what makes it so chunky? I blend juicy dates with some water, almond butter and vanilla to make a creamy and jammy paste to bind the dry ingredients. Thanks to the sugar content of the dates, the oats develop a real crunchiness in the oven without the need for added sugars.
This recipe is also gluten free (use gluten free certified oats if your intolerant) and so is a real crowd pleaser. Though what makes this Chai Spiced Walnut Granola extra special is in the name Chai Spiced. As much as I love cinnamon and ginger, I don’t often bake with chai spices in general. I think chai spices are gorgeous – they smell so comforting and fragrant and have a really powerfully sweet and spicy flavour combination that screams wellness and contentment. I used freshly ground cardamom and cloves for this breakfast cereal, along with ground cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice, a pinch of salt and vanilla essence to catapult your senses into a chai dream. I don’t have a pestle and mortar, but instead crushed the pods with a rolling pin and chopping board.
Remember my favourite granola trick to ensure a crunchy cereal: allow to cool in the oven switched off and the door left slightly ajar. It really does work.
Let’s get those chai spices going…
Chai Spiced Walnut Granola
A chunky cluster granola full of warming chai spices and juicy raisins.
- 200g oats
- 100 walnuts, crushed
- 1 tsp each: ground cinnamon, ground ginger
- ½ tsp mixed spiced
- 1 cardamom pod, seeds crushed
- 4 whole cloves, crushed
- ¼ tsp salt
- 100g pitted dates (I like these ones)
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 6 tbsp reserved date water
- 100g raisins
- Soak the pitted dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove the dates and reserve the liquid.
- Preheat the oven to 170Fan/190*C and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
- Mix together the oats, walnuts, spices and salt in a large bowl.
- To a food processor, add the dates, almond butter, vanilla and reserved liquid. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Pour the wet mix over the oats and stir to combine.
- Tumble into the baking trays the bake for 25-30 minutes, turning over halfway through.
- Turn off the oven, leave the door ajar and allow to cool inside the oven to ensure crunchiness and large clusters. Once cool add the raisins, stir and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Are you a chai lover? I would love to hear what you think of my Chai Spiced Walnut Granola. If you make this, please tag me in your creations – I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy.
With chai love x