Recipe: Cinnamon Chai Granola

Getting up for work is something that I'm downright bad at. It doesn't seem to matter when I go to bed, if I shower or have already showered the night before, or how late I move my start time back, I'm just not good at getting out of bed for work. So the idea of me sitting down and eating breakfast at home before work is actually absurd. No way, no how.

But over the years I have become quite good at bringing breakfasts to work that are easy to throw together, filling, and not too awful for me. Obviously there are days when I just grab a latte and donut or pick up some bagels on the way in, but on days when I'm looking for a slightly healthier options I stick with yogurt, fruit and some granola.

I like making granola at home because it's incredibly easy and way cheaper than buying it premade. Plus, you get to control what's included. This one is made up of a bunch favorites of mine: chai spices, cinnamon, almonds, and coconut. 

Cinnamon Chai Granola

Makes one small baking sheet's worth

2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup shaved coconut**
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper.

In a larger bowl, mix together oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and salt until combined and everything is evenly coated. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat butter, sugar and honey over low heat until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extra. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated and clumpy. Turn out onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, removing from the oven and flipping with a metal spatula every 5 minutes. Once granola begins to brown, remove pan from the oven and let cool. Once cooled, store in a airtight container.

My favorite eat to use up granola? Stirred into greek yogurt with either bananas or apple slices, and topped with more coconut and a drizzle of honey.

**I used shaved coconut from the bulk section of Whole Foods. You can substitute shredded coconut, but sweetened shredded coconut will obviously make the granola sweeter!