This Caramel Spiced Granola will be your go to granola recipe! Warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom are tossed with a sticky caramel sauce and crunchy clusters of nuts, seeds, and dried berries. Sure you could go buy some granola at the store for crazy money and that are filled with preservatives but why would you when you could throw this together in 20 minutes and customize it to your own taste? Ok, I know you’re thinking CARAMEL? That’s not healthy! Well, I’ve discovered a way to make an amazing caramel using dates, maple syrup, and tahini (sesame paste). It tastes just like the real thing but uses healthy ingredients and no refined sugar! I’ve been eating this for lunch, breakfast, snack time. Seriously, SO GOOD!
Makes about 7-8 cups
*Feel free to customize this with whatever nuts, seeds or berries you like
Preheat oven to 350F
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup dried fruit of choice
2 T ground flax seed
1 cup puffed quinoa (I buy mine from Nuts.com or you may sub 1 cup rolled oats)
2 T chia seeds
3 cups gluten free rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill brand)
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4-1/2 t cardamom (if you like it to have a spicier flavor add 1/2 t or if you are new to using this spice add 1/4 t and add more if you like)
5 dates (pitted)
3 T coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup tahini
Date caramel-In a small pan, mix tahini, coconut oil, maple syrup over low heat and stir to combine. Place everything in a food processor or blender with the dates until creamy and caramel like. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients nuts, seeds, berries, oats etc. with the caramel.
Place the granola onto 2 baking sheets and bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool. Mixture will harden up after an hour or so. Will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.