Here in Hawaii the extent of our seasonal changes consist of the waves being big or small. Though it is nice to play into all the Holiday and Winter traditions that those father from the equator are experiencing. There’s just something about the smell of fresh baked goods filling every room in the house that instils a sense of nostalgia for all the happy memories this time of year brings. Like that evening session we caught on the North Shore last Winter with no one out… And that’s why we’ve got another Tambor original recipe for you today; Crunchy Chia Seed Granola!
Today we’re taking our favorite base of Holiday flavors; vanilla, cinnamon, and honey, and adding in a crunchy kick; chia seeds. When people hear the word chia, it’s common that what may first come to mind are those little potted plants shaped like dogs that grow crazy hair. Though the truth is that the ancient Aztecs, Incans and Mayans often used the chia seed for its medicinal properties and as a source of energy. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fiber, antioxidants, and minerals; these seeds will elevate any recipe into a nutritional force to be reckoned with. Try the recipe below and enjoy this crunchy chia seed granola recipe this Holiday season.
1 cup gluten free quick cooking oats
2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
1/2 cup organic chia seeds
1 cup organic raw almonds [ coarsely chopped ]
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup organic honey
3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
and pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor or blender, pulse the almonds to a course chop. Pour them into a large mixing bowl.
Add in the oats, salt, cinnamon, and shredded coconut into the bowl with the almonds and stir to combine.
In a small warming pot, combine your honey, vanilla extract, and coconut oil on low heat to dissolve the coconut oil to a liquid consistency.
Pour the warmed mixture over the oats and mix so they are evenly coated.
Pour the oats evenly onto parchment paper lined baking sheet [ helpful if it has sides ].
Bake the oats for 5 minutes, and then stir them around. Return pan to the oven for 8-10 more minutes, or until golden, then bring out to cool.
After the baked granola cools completely, use the parchment paper to funnel the granola into an airtight container for storage. Though we recommend eating this crunchy chia seed granola right away on an açaí bowl!
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