Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters

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Christina Ross
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Pumpkin spice gets all of the love this time of year, (I succumb to the temptation as well, and will be posting a pumpkin spice recipe soon), but what about other aromatic autumnal spice combinations? Chai spice is basically pumpkin spice with the addition of cardamom and allspice; you’ve still got the sweet cinnamon, spicy ginger, and warm nutmeg & cloves, but the additional two spices give the blend a deeper, more exotic flavor profile.

NameCrunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters
Prep Time10 minutes
Cooking Time25-30 minutes
Total TimeApproximately 35-40 minutes
ServingsAbout 12 servings
YieldVaries depending on serving size
Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters

The fragrant spice blend is used here to flavor crunchy granola clusters that are lightly sweetened and insanely addictive. You bake the granola at a low temperature in one giant “sheet”, and then break it up into clusters as big or as small as you’d like.

Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters

Oat flour helps to hold the clusters together. I love this brand, and keep it on hand for ease of use, but you can absolutely make your own simply by tossing a few big handfuls of old fashioned rolled oats into a high-speed blender or food processor and blending/processing until the oats break down into a fine flour.

Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters

Clusters, magnificent clusters!

You could certainly eat this clustery granola with milk for breakfast, but I personally think it’s better suited for snacking on throughout the day.

I helped myself to a few handfuls while taking photos for the post; even Lily couldn’t keep her hands away. In fact, when I asked her if she liked the granola, she said: “No. I LOVE it!”

Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters

Well said, kiddo, well said.

Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters

Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters

Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters

by Lauren Zembron (method of baking adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes


  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil (such as safflower oil)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 275°F. Line a 9 x 13 inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, oat flour, salt, and all of the spices.

In a medium bowl, combine vegetable oil, coconut (or brown) sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract; whisk until well-mixed. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir until dry mixture is fully and evenly moistened.

Spread mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Press down so the top is even. A pastry roller comes in handy here, as you want the mixture in as thin & even a layer as possible. The mixture should reach the edges of the baking sheet. The mixture will be sticky, so it can be helpful to lightly wet your fingers or a rubber spatula (if you don’t have a pastry roller) with water before pressing down.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until hard through the center and golden brown, rotating baking sheet about every 15 minutes for even baking.

Let cool completely, then break into pieces.

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving (1/2 cup)

  • Calories: 235 kcal
  • Total Fat: 15g
    • Saturated Fat: 7g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 73mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 22g
    • Dietary Fiber: 3g
    • Sugars: 10g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Vitamin D: 0%
  • Calcium: 3%
  • Iron: 9%
  • Potassium: 140mg

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