Chia Granola {with clusters!}

Healthy Homemade Chia Granola | Mama Papa BubbaHomemade granola is somewhat of a staple in our house…  Gracen and I usually made a big batch once a month or so, jar it up, and eat it as a cereal, serve it with yogurt, sprinkle it on nut butter toast, or use it as a smoothie topper.

IMG 7955Though it can be full of sugar and not-good-for-you fats when purchased in stores, we jam pack ours full of nutrient-rich nuts and seeds, use a good pure maple syrup to sweeten it, and include a relatively small amount of oil, so I can feel good about giving it to Grae {and eating it myself}.

IMG 7956While I’ve posted about our granola making adventures in the past, we’ve tweaked our recipe just a bit and I love the effects it’s been having on finished product.  Normally, the one downside to healthy homemade granola is that it’s nearly impossible to make it all clustery like its store bought counterpart… That is, until you add chia (magical little seeds that they are – just look at those clusters!)  Now not all of your batch will look like this obviously, but 1/3 to 1/2 of it will, which is good enough for me. ☺

Chia Granola {with clusters!}

  • 2 individual cups ‘just apples’ applesauce
  • 1/4 cup of pure organic maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (optional)
  • 6 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups of raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup of hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup of wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup of ground flax seed
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut
Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Mix the wet ingredients, spices, and chia seeds in a small bowl and let sit for 10 minutes or so.  

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the wet chia mixture into the dry ingredients and combine well (use hands if needed).  Spread the mixture onto two parchment-lined baking sheets and let sit for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour until golden, stirring every 15 minutes to ensure even browning.

Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Chia Granola {with clusters!}

  1. This looks like an awesome recipe! We love making our own granola too. So much healthier than the store-bought versions. Can’t wait to try this. 🙂

  2. Jenn says:

    I think it looks great too and have been looking for a recipe for a while. Any thoughts on a substitute for wheat germ Jen? More of something else perhaps?

    • jkossowan says:

      Hey Jenn! (Whew…There’s a whole lot of Jen/Jenn/Jennifer action going on in this comment section. 🙂 ) Yes, 100% you can substitute more of something else and still have the recipe turn out great! While I love the variety in this particular recipe, it does include a lot of ingredients, and I just sometimes don’t have everything on hand. I simply make sure I pair the 6 cups of oats with 3 cups of ‘add-ins’, and I’ve never had a bad batch. Enjoy!

  3. carmen says:

    What do you mean by two individual cups of applesauce? Do you mean you use a total of 2 cups of applesauce?

  4. jkossowan says:

    Hey Carmen! I mean the small cups that come in packages of 6… I guess I should have measured them for the recipe! Just googled them and apparently they’re 3.9 ounces each, so you’ll need about 8 ounces of applesauce all together. 🙂

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