Chai-Scented Granola with Kefir and Blueberries

by Kirsten on January 16, 2011 · 25 comments

in Breakfast

Breakfasts are usually very simple at our house, mostly because I am not a morning person and it is definitely not the first thing on my daily agenda to get up early to prepare an elaborate meal for everybody. I often feel like I am sleepwalking preparing school lunches. But I still think that it is important to get a healthy start in the day, especially for my kids.

Here is one of my very favorite breakfasts. It is a homemade Chai-scented granola sprinkled on top of some Kefir with organic fruit. Since I love the spice combination of a well prepared Chai tea this granola delivers it all in one bite. Crunchy honey sweetness blends perfectly together with some of my favorite spices cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.

This homemade Chai-scented granola became a favorite in my house in an instant. It beats any store bought granola by miles. Don’t miss out and bake some today!


* 4 cups old-fashioned oats
* 1 cup sliced almonds
* 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
* 1/2 ground cloves
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1/4 cup honey
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with silicon pad.

Mix first 10 ingredients in large bowl (oats-pepper). Combine oil, honey, and sugar in small saucepan; bring to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour hot liquid over oat mixture; stir well. Using a rubber spatula, toss mixture until thoroughly mixed.

Spread the granola on the lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally (every 10 minutes), about 30 minutes. Transfer sheet to rack; cool granola completely. (Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)

I serve my granola with plain Greek yogurt or goat milk Kefir and add some fresh or frozen organic fruit.

Inspired by Kirsten from and Bon Appetit.

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fitundgluecklich February 17, 2011 at 8:07 am

hab auch erst vor kurzem granola gemacht, deines klingt auch extrem lecker!! ich liebe chai 😉

Zeralda February 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Dear Kirsten, I made your granola today, and it's fab! Can't wait for breakfast tomorrow – but who's to say I can't have a bowl of Müsli any other time of the day? Thanks for this treat. Liebe Grüße, Annick.

culinaryneophyte February 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I just made this recipe, and I can't wait for the granola to cool! My house smells AMAZING. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Anonymous January 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

This was a great recipe! I only tweaked it a little bit by doubling the cardamom to bring out more of the chai flavor and scent 🙂

scrambledhenfruit January 21, 2011 at 4:13 am

I'm not a morning person either, and this easy breakfast sounds healthy and delicious. 🙂 I love the flavor of chai!

Merut January 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Chai scented granola sounds fabulous! I am mighty jealous!

Neo-Homesteading January 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I tried making a granola very close to this last week but I forgot about it being in the oven and ended up with the worlds most expensive bird food! (I also added lots of seeds and nuts I bought from the organic market …lucky birds)

I'll try this one next time it looks great plus since my sons allergic to most nuts he will be ok with this since its just almonds.

Uma January 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

great blog and great pictures.

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks January 18, 2011 at 3:37 am

Clever use of the chai spice blend. This granola would be delicious as a baked crumble over apples.

Boulder Locavore January 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Yummy, YUMmy! Love chai and have not ever thought of it incorporated into a dish like this! Great photos too!

Medifast Coupon January 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Breakfast is such an important meal, and this recipe is the perfect healthy way for kids and adults to enjoy it. The blend of spices here makes this granola full of flavour and no doubt delicious. Great recipe!

Chele January 17, 2011 at 8:05 am

Wow – such an exotic way to start the day. Will need to keep this recipe in mind the next time I need to make granola ;0)

JelliDonut January 17, 2011 at 6:34 am

Yum! This sounds wonderful! I love granola, and I'm going to make this soon.

Heather (The Menu Mama) January 17, 2011 at 4:54 am

Oh wow, that looks so good! I am bookmarking this, I need to make it!!!

The Galley Gourmet January 17, 2011 at 4:18 am

Homemade granola is such a wonderful way to start the day. Thanks for sharing your recipe–it looks delicious!

Die andere Seite January 17, 2011 at 3:31 am

Sieht fantastisch und unheimlich lecker aus, auch das werde ich ausprobieren!!! ;0)
Ganz liebe Gruesse

Zoe January 17, 2011 at 3:21 am

Chai scented brekkie sounds like a great idea! Good to kick start a morning with a relaxing and therapeutic brekkie.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes January 17, 2011 at 3:05 am

Thank you for your kind words on my blog! I hope you get to see the ocean soon! I think I'd starve without it!

Your breakfast looks delicious! I love granola, and your combination of spices add a warm winterly flavor!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sage Trifle January 17, 2011 at 2:58 am

Yummy. Sounds delicious. I love the combination of spices you use.

Susan January 17, 2011 at 12:50 am

Your blog is very pretty and the food always looks so good. We were in Elsass last May and since then I am have been searching for a Flammkuchen recipe. Do you have one to share? Thanks. Susan

The Food Hound January 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

Believe it or not, I've never had kefir! I agree that homemade granola runs circles around anything from a store. This looks like a lovely combination of spices!

kitchen flavours January 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Always wanted to make my own granola! Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

EliFla January 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi dear..I like this breakfast!!!

I hope you and your friends are going to join to my "romantic" contest….it's funny and there will be prizes…. that i'm going to send anywhere winners live!!!Hugs, Flavia

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom January 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I loved your post. The photos are absolutely gorgeous and I love the blues. So soothing and comforting.

This looks like a great recipe too. I can't use honey in our granola as I need to make them low-sugar. I do this by using applesauce. I'm gonna try to tweak my recipe so it resemble yours above. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing 🙂

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