Dark Chocolate Chai Granola

This Dark Chocolate Chai Granola is easy to make and features loose-leaf chai tea, old-fashioned oats, nuts, and semisweet chocolate chunks. This sweet & crunchy granola is great on its own, or as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls.

This Dark Chocolate Chai Granola is easy to make and features loose-leaf chai tea, old-fashioned oats, nuts, and semisweet chocolate chunks. This sweet & crunchy granola is great on its own, or as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls.

I absolutely love granola. At any one time, you are likely to find 3-5 different kinds in my pantry. I prefer my granola to be sweet, with lots of mix-ins, and I’m always drawn to ones that have cinnamon, honey, or chocolate in their name. It wasn’t until recently that I thought to make my own batch at home! Instead of just picking one of those ingredients, I used ALL THREE and the results were amazing!

Chances are that you already have most of these ingredients on-hand, with the exception of the chocolate chunks and loose-leaf chai tea. Although I used loose-leaf tea for this recipe, you can use bagged tea as long as you brew it reallllly strong. Make sure you are only adding 1/8 c. of brewed tea to the granola and not more than that, or else your granola will be soggy instead of crunchy.

This Dark Chocolate Chai Granola is easy to make and features loose-leaf chai tea, old-fashioned oats, nuts, and semisweet chocolate chunks. This sweet & crunchy granola is great on its own, or as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls. This Dark Chocolate Chai Granola is easy to make and features loose-leaf chai tea, old-fashioned oats, nuts, and semisweet chocolate chunks. This sweet & crunchy granola is great on its own, or as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls.

My favorite way to eat granola has always been with greek yogurt. Sometimes I’ll add sliced strawberries and other fruit too and layer them to make a parfait. I recently discovered Elli Quark, which is similar in texture to greek yogurt but has half the calories and WAY less sugar than most greek yogurts. I’m really loving this granola paired with their Vanilla Bean flavor (as seen on my Instagram), as well as the Bananas Foster flavor.

This Dark Chocolate Chai Granola is easy to make and features loose-leaf chai tea, old-fashioned oats, nuts, and semisweet chocolate chunks. This sweet & crunchy granola is great on its own, or as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls. This Dark Chocolate Chai Granola is easy to make and features loose-leaf chai tea, old-fashioned oats, nuts, and semisweet chocolate chunks. This sweet & crunchy granola is great on its own, or as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls.

I also love to use granola as a topping for my green smoothie bowls. It provides the perfect amount of crunch! Or if you’re on-the-go, granola is a great because you can put it in a small container or Ziploc baggy and snack on it throughout the day.

Now that I’ve made homemade granola once, I don’t know if I can go back to the store-bought kind! I know exactly what went into this granola because I made it, and that’s really awesome. Plus, I was able to create my own flavor! I’ve never seen a Dark Chocolate Chai granola in the stores and I doubt I ever will.

This Dark Chocolate Chai Granola is easy to make and features loose-leaf chai tea, old-fashioned oats, nuts, and semisweet chocolate chunks. This sweet & crunchy granola is great on its own, or as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls.

If you’re a granola addict like me, I highly suggest making your own granola at home. You’ll save money and you can add whatever spices and mix-ins you want! Get creative with it and if you create your own flavor, I’d love to hear about it.

Dark Chocolate Chai Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: about 4 cups of granola

This Dark Chocolate Chai Granola is easy to make and features loose-leaf chai tea, old-fashioned oats, nuts, and semisweet chocolate chunks. This sweet & crunchy granola is great on its own, or as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. Dark Chocolate Chai loose-leaf tea*
  • 1/8 c. water, boiling
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 c. almonds, whole
  • 3/4 c. pecans, halved
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c. semisweet chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. In a tea steeping sack, add 2 tsp. of Dark Chocolate Chai loose-leaf tea. Place steeping sack in a glass and add 1/8 c. boiling water. Steep for 2-3 minutes, then discard steeping sack. Place tea in the fridge to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, add honey and coconut oil. Microwave for 15-30 seconds, or until melted and warm. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add oats, nuts, and cinnamon and stir until combined. Add the honey mixture, vanilla extract, and chilled chai tea and toss until granola is evenly coated.
  5. Spread the granola out onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the baking sheet from the oven and stir the granola (pull the edges to the middle and push the middle to the edges). Return baking sheet to the oven and cook for 10 more minutes.
  6. Remove baking sheet from oven and cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. The granola will crisp up as it cools. Once granola has cooled, add chocolate chips and stir until combined.

Notes

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

*Any loose-leaf chai tea will work. It doesn't have to be Steeped Tea's Dark Chocolate Chai.

Store granola in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

http://www.framedfrosting.com/2015/07/dark-chocolate-chai-granola.html

Have you made homemade granola before?
What is your favorite way to eat granola?

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl

Everything you love about a smoothie, but with a spoon instead of a straw. This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl is dairy-free and the Matcha green tea powder is perfect for a boost of energy in the morning!

Everything you love about a smoothie, but with a spoon instead of a straw. This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl is dairy-free and the Matcha green tea powder is perfect for a boost of energy in the morning!

A few months ago, I became obsessed with smoothie bowls. I was making them a few times a week and they were good, but the texture wasn’t very smooth. However, I am officially hooked on them again now that we have a high-powered blender (I recently received a Blendtec – review coming soon!)

Smoothie bowls are a great way to make sure you are eating those fruits & veggies first thing in the morning. Plus, the natural sugars from the fruits are a great energy boost! As the name suggests, these recipes require a bowl and spoon which will force you take a few minutes to sit down and eat breakfast each morning, rather than running out the door in a hurry.

Everything you love about a smoothie, but with a spoon instead of a straw. This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl is dairy-free and the Matcha green tea powder is perfect for a boost of energy in the morning!

Another great thing about smoothie bowls is that they are 100% adaptable to your tastes – use as many or as little greens as you want or if you need an energy boost in the morning, add 1 tsp. of Matcha green tea powder. If you aren’t familiar with Matcha – it’s a powder made from green tea leaves that contains caffeine and provides a lot of health benefits. You can buy Matcha powder at most speciality tea shops or from Amazon.com.

The recipes for most smoothie bowls are pretty basic and the real fun and flavor comes from the toppings! This way you can have that smooth, creamy smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruit and granola or nuts for crunch.

Here are a few of my favorite toppings:
– Fresh fruit: strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, etc.
– Dried fruits: goji berries, dried mango, etc. (make sure there is no sugar added!)
Chia Seeds (white and black have the same benefits, just a different color)
Homemade Dark Chocolate Chai Granola (or store-bought brands: KIND, Barely Naked, and Purely Elizabeth)
– Unsweetened coconut flakes
– Almond or Coconut Butter, melted and drizzled on top

Or if you’re feeling adventurous, top your bowl with maca powder, raw cocoa nibs, hemp seeds, bee pollen, golden berries, or spirulina powder. Honestly, the possibilities are endless!

Everything you love about a smoothie, but with a spoon instead of a straw. This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl is dairy-free and the Matcha green tea powder is perfect for a boost of energy in the morning!

The recipe for this green smoothie bowl is really simple. One frozen banana, a huge handful of spinach, frozen pineapple chunks, a heaping tablespoon of almond butter, and coconut water (or substitute for almond milk, coconut milk, etc.). That is the basic foundation and once you try it and like it, you can start to experiment.

You can experiment in different ways – by adding new flavors to the smoothie base or by trying different toppings. My most recent experiment is a combination of both. I had been melting and drizzling coconut butter on top of my bowls but found that it wasn’t adding a lot of flavor to my smoothie bowls, so I started searching online for flavored coconut butters.

That’s when I came across the Philosophie Coconut Dream superfood coconut butter. Instead of melting and drizzling this on top, I add a heaping tablespoon of this right into my blender. Philosophie sent me this jar of coconut butter to try and I’m happy to report that it tastes AMAZING! It tastes like coconut and has the texture of cookie dough, and is packed with a lot of healthy greens. I would never be brave enough to put spirulina powder into my smoothie bowl, but I don’t need to because this butter has that in it!

If you love green smoothies, you HAVE to try my Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl. You’ll love it!

Everything you love about a smoothie, but with a spoon instead of a straw. This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl is dairy-free and the Matcha green tea powder is perfect for a boost of energy in the morning!

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: one large bowl

Everything you love about a smoothie, but with a spoon instead of a straw. This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl is dairy-free and the Matcha green tea powder is perfect for a boost of energy in the morning!

Ingredients

    For the smoothie bowl:
  • 1/2 c. coconut water (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. Philosophie Coconut Dream coconut butter (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Matcha green tea powder*
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 1/2 c. frozen pineapple
  • 1 c. spinach
  • Toppings:
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. granola

Instructions

  1. Add smoothie bowl ingredients to a blender, in the order they are listed. (Liquids in the bottom, then solids, then frozen, and greens on top.) Blend on the "Smoothie" setting or medium-high speed until smooth.

Notes

*If you don't have Matcha green tea powder on hand, feel free to use brewed, chilled green tea instead. Omit the Matcha green tea powder and use 1/2 c. chilled green tea instead of coconut water.

Variation #1: Add 5-6 oz. of greek yogurt (one individual yogurt cup) to this recipe. It makes the smoothie bowl very thick & creamy and adds protein. Look for a greek yogurt that is high in protein with no added sugar.

http://www.framedfrosting.com/2015/07/matcha-green-tea-smoothie-bowl.html

Have you tried Matcha green tea powder?
Do you prefer to drink your smoothie with a straw OR eat it out of a bowl with a spoon?