Honey Almond Chia Granola (gluten-free)

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If you’ve been kind enough to put up with my unnecessary blabbing and corny jokes for the past seven months then you probably know how much I adore Greek yogurt. Honestly, I haven’t missed meat very much in the past eight {almost nine} years but I cannot fathom living without yogurt.

I eat it every single morning and just like any food you that you might eat every day for years, things can get a little bland sometimes. I try to mix it up with different toppings such as dark chocolate {insert evil chuckle}, but one of my favorite toppings is this incredibly delicious honey almond chia granola that I found at the grocery store a while back.

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Now I genuinely love that particular store bought granola but the problem is that a) it’s expensive and b) it has a little more added sugar than what I feel is necessary.

After having homemade granola in Tahoe, I realized the answer to all of my problems in life is to move to Tahoe make my own granola.

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And you know what? It was actually kind of fun. Making granola is unbelievably simple {it takes less than ten minutes of hands-on time} and it fills your house with the most delicious scent while baking in the oven.

You can customize it however you like; adding a little dried fruit here or your favorite nuts there.

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Plus, if you’re conscious of your daily refined sugar intake {like I try to be…minus the nightly occasional dessert} then making your own granola is perfect because you can use honey instead of granulated sugar for a subtly sweet flavor.

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If you can’t have honey, you can always use maple syrup or agave nectar in it’s place.

I personally like my granola to have big chunks in it so I added a few egg whites as well but you can leave those out if you are vegan or if you prefer it to be less chunky.

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You can also use any kind of seed you like but I prefer chia for their superfood powers. I know they might look a little scary but other than adding a slight crunch, you can barely tell they are there.

Really, you can just change the entire recipe to suit your heart’s desire but this one is great if you’re looking for a place to start!

 

Honey Almond Chia Granola (gluten-free)

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats*
  • 3/4 cups raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup honey (I used raw, unfiltered)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons egg white (from one egg)

Makes about 24 ounces; *use certified gluten-free for gluten allergies

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, almonds, chia seeds, salt and shredded coconut.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the honey, coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and two tablespoons of egg white.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir until everything is mixed thoroughly.
  5. Spread mixture onto baking sheet so that it is a large, flat rectangular shape.
  6. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. If you prefer not to have large chunks of granola then remove it from the oven at 30 minutes and stir before cooking the remainder of the time. Otherwise, allow granola to cool for at least thirty minutes before breaking up into large chunks.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks or top a parfait with freshly sliced peaches and consume immediately.

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I know, somehow peaches managed to find their way into another recipe. They’re just so perfect right now, I can’t help myself.

 

What’s your favorite flavor of granola? Have you ever made your own?