Super Chunky Chai-Spiced Granola

GFVGVDFNS
Jump to Recipe
Hand holding a bowl of chai granola with almond milk

Who doesn’t love (and dream about) granola?! We’d been dreaming about a chai-spiced version, and today it’s here — and even better than our dreams. It’s perfectly sweet, undeniably chunky, and BURSTING with warming chai spices (we’re ready for you, fall)! 

Whether you enjoy your granola with milk, yogurt, or by the fistful (who says granola isn’t finger food!?), we hope you love this one! It’s gluten-free, vegan, naturally sweetened, and comes together with just 10 ingredients you probably have around. Let’s get granola-ing!

Coconut flakes, rolled oats, pepitas, walnuts, ground cinnamon, maple syrup, almond butter, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, ginger, and vanilla

Origins of Chai

Masala chai is a creamy, spiced tea that’s most popular in India but is increasingly enjoyed around the world. The spices used vary depending on the recipe, but common ones include cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger.

Our chai-spiced granola takes inspiration from the warming, sweet, and spicy flavors of masala chai and puts a crunchy, snack-able twist on it. 

How to Make Chai-Spiced Granola

Sugar, spice, and everything nice! That’s just what we need for this granola. Ground ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom provide classic chai flavor, while maple syrup and almond butter create a creamy (and incidentally oil-free) base. YUM.

Stirring cinnamon ginger, cardamom, almond butter, and maple syrup in a bowl

To the creamy, spicy base, we add rolled oats, walnuts (or pecans), pumpkin seeds, and coconut flakes. The result is not only flavorful but full of healthy fats, fiber, and minerals (hello, magnesium). Win-win!

Stirring oats, pepitas, coconut flakes, walnuts, almond butter, and maple syrup in a bowl

After combining, we transfer the mixture to a baking sheet and bake until it’s fragrant, toasty, and oh-so-crunchy!

Baking sheet of chunky chai-spiced granola with pumpkin seeds and walnuts

Enjoy it fresh from the oven or store it for up to one month in an airtight container for granola on demand!

Small wooden spoon in a jar of chai granola

We hope you LOVE this chai-spiced granola! It’s:

Bursting with spices
Perfectly sweet
Delightfully chunky
Crunchy
Nutty
& SO versatile!

We love topping it with dairy-free milk for a quick breakfast or enjoying it on top of yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothie bowls for a snack any time!

More Flavorful Granola Recipes

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Pouring dairy-free milk into a bowl of chai-spiced granola

Note: Recipe updated 09/09/2022 to address reader comments regarding cook time and intensity of ginger flavor.

Super Chunky Chai-Spiced Granola

Perfectly sweet and super chunky chai-spiced granola! Gluten-free, vegan, naturally sweetened, and just 10 ingredients.
Author Minimalist Baker
Print
Top down shot of an open jar of chai granola
4.59 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 (1/4-cup servings)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Oil-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 3 months
Does it keep? 1 Month

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almond butter (or other nut/seed butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats (ensure gluten-free as needed)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 C) and line a standard-size baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom and whisk until smooth. Add the oats, walnuts or pecans, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. Mix well until evenly coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer (use additional baking sheets as needed if increasing batch size). Bake for 20-25 minutes, watching carefully toward the end as to not let it burn. You’ll know it’s done when the granola is fragrant and darkened in color.
  • NOTE: If you don’t toss the granola while baking, it will stay extra chunky, but if you want a more crumbly granola, toss/stir a bit at the halfway point to break up the clumps.
  • Once the granola is visibly browned, remove from the oven and toss gently to let the heat escape. Cool completely on the baking sheet or in a heat-safe bowl.
  • Store at room temperature in a sealed container for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • This granola is delicious as is or with milk, yogurt, or on top of oatmeal!

Video

Notes

*Loosely adapted from our Super Chunky Coconut Granola, Bon Appétit’s Chai-Spiced Granola, and Lazy Cat Kitchen’s Granola Pots with Blackberries.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 quarter-cup serving Calories: 169 Carbohydrates: 15.8 g Protein: 4.2 g Fat: 10.7 g Saturated Fat: 3.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.4 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 4 mg Potassium: 169 mg Fiber: 3.5 g Sugar: 4.9 g Vitamin A: 4 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 48 mg Iron: 1.3 mg

Did You Make This Recipe?

Tag @minimalistbaker on Instagram and hashtag it #minimalistbaker so we can see all the deliciousness!

If you love this recipe...

Get Our Fan Favorites eBook Here!

Reader Interactions

Leave a Comment & Rating!

Have a question? Use ctrl+f or ⌘+f on your computer or the "find on page" function on your phone browser to search existing comments! Need help? Check out this tutorial!

My Rating:




  1. SK says

    I made this with 3T each of palm sugar syrup and peanut butter since maple syrup and almond butter are too expensive where I am. Went with a 30 min bake time at 150C. The coconutty fragrance was great. Would experiment more with various combinations on ingredients again.

  2. Shannon says

    This granola is delicious and was so easy to make! I followed the recipe as written (using creamy butter & chopped walnuts in mine with a ~25 minute bake time). I’ve been enjoying it on top of Greek yogurt everyday since making it, and it will definitely be a repeat in my house this fall and winter!

  3. Caley says

    wowowow!!!! 11/10 will be making again and again. cannot wait to add to smoothie bowls (if I stop snacking on it ha!)

    always love your recipes! thanks for another hit in our house :)

  4. Shan says

    Literally the best granola I’ve ever had! Such amazing flavours. I added a few dark chocolate chips after it cooled down. Incredible.

  5. Lindsay L says

    If you love chai-spice this granola is for you! Bursting with flavor and easy to throw together. Great twist on an old favorite. Yum!

  6. Melissa says

    I made this granola recipe today, and it was a pleasant taste of fall, very yummy! :) Next time I will only add 4 tsp. cinnamon instead of the recommended 5, as I found it a bit overly cinnamony (although I do love cinnamon!) I also added chia seeds, flaxseeds, hempseeds, a handful of puffed quinoa & a pinch of Himalayan salt. Overall very delicious! :) Thanks again for another great recipe!

  7. Jean says

    Firstly, thank you so much for offering metric measurements and the ability to easily increase the size.
    Our autumnal breakfasts are homemade yoghurt with homemade granola. I was getting sick of current recipe so thought I’d try this one. After first reading reviews, I substituted nutmeg for cardamom. It was nice. And, this definitely needs salt. I’d go ahead and have 11 ingredients, as salt is a necessity; most recipes are lost without it.
    Finally, I’ve been using sunflower oil in my current granola recipe and I really missed what a light oil does to the mix. Otherwise, great flavour and a welcome change. Thank you, as always.

  8. Sara says

    This turned out pretty good! It was a little too gingery for me, the aftertaste it leaves is mostly a spicy ginger flavor. But, maybe that’s user error or just personal preference! So next time I’ll probably do half the ginger and maybe add a pinch of salt to bring out some of the flavors more. I also wish it was a little sweeter, but overall not bad and probably just some adjustments based on my preferences would make this amazing!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you for the feedback, Sara! We did go for a more noticeable chai flavor, but we’ll take another look at the recipe and see if we can make improvements and adjust for differing preferences. We’d also be curious to know if perhaps your ginger was newly purchased and extra fresh? Salt is always welcome =) we were struggling to keep it within the simple factor (10 ingredients!) with the inclusion of salt and found it ultimately didn’t make the cut of essential ingredients.

  9. june-aloha says

    Wow! This is super, super and super chunky granola ever had:)
    And truly chai-spiced flavor\(^o^)/♪
    I was just trying to test taste, and never able to stop eating, lol!
    Surely will make again very shortly! Thanks for delicious recipes, always!

  10. Rose says

    This recipe didn’t work out for me. I used a thin peanut butter and it was really difficult to mix with the oats and nuts. I put it in the oven, and everything was starting to get really dark after about 20 minutes, so I pulled it out. I think it needs salt as well, but also the spices are overpowering because they clumped together.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rose, sorry to hear it didn’t turn out right and thank you for your honest feedback! We’ll take another look at this recipe and see if we can make improvements.

  11. Geneviève says

    This looks delicious! I will absolutely make this soon. I love the idea of using nut butter as a base.

    Question: i’m not a huge fan of coconut so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas to replace it with something else?

    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Geneviève, yes! We’d suggest more oats, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or a combination of all four. Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Esther, you could try more oats, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or a combination of all four. Let us know how it goes!