This was not the recipe I planned on sharing today. This was the recipe I made while the recipe I planned to post was in the oven. This was like “well the oven is already preheated so I might as well play around” recipe, because you know once the oven is preheated you’ve gotta take advantage of it. Am I right?
But then when this came out of the oven, I couldn’t stop eating it. I eventually had to stuff it all in a mason jar and hide it from myself in the pantry so I didn’t keep eating eat. (I kept calling my name, but I managed to resist.) The thing is, I love crunchy granola. It’s all about the clusters. And the secret to clusters? Egg whites. Yes, really.
And even though this is chia almond granola, you can make it even if you don’t have chia seeds. It won’t be quite as
cool & trendy as full of omega-3’s but it’ll still work. (I know, it’s hard to imagine someone not keeping their kitchen stocked with chia seeds.) So let’s get to that recipe.
- 1 cup of oats (mine were gluten free)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3 tbsp egg whites
- Preheat the oven to 325.
- Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
- Stir in the melted coconut oil.
- Once combined, stir in the egg whites. Make sure you really get everything combined! The chia seeds have a tendency to want to clump.
- Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray and spread out the granola across the tray. It's ok if it's a little clustered together, since you want clumps, but don't make it too thick.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until it starts to brown.
I made a pretty small batch because I wasn’t sure if it would be good, but you can certainly double this if you want to make more. I’m kind of already wishing I’d made a double batch…
In other news, I’m thrilled it’s Friday! I feel like our to-do list has been getting a little out of control so I’m looking forward to tackling some house projects this weekend. My in-laws are coming next week (YAY!!) so I want to get a few things in order before they come for a visit.