You can eat it for breakfast, have it for a snack, or add it to some yogurt with fresh fruit for lunch. Granola is a great versatile food. Because it is versatile and healthy, it’s a great food to take with you on road trips and other travels. If you are like me, you need something to crunch on. Since I don’t want to be eating all junk food, I like to take these strawberry chia granola clusters along to crunch on while traveling.
We all know that the chunks in granola are the best part. I’m always picking them out whether I’m eating granola on the go or from a bowl with yogurt or milk. They just always have to be eaten first. Since I like the chunks the best, I’ve started making most of my granola that I carry with me for snacks in clusters. It’s easier to eat and it tastes better. 🙂
The strawberry chia combination in these granola clusters gives you fiber, minerals, complex carbs, and omega-3’s. It’s naturally sweetened with honey and the strawberries. Feel free to switch it up with the fruit of your choice if you aren’t a fan of strawberries. The only sad part of this granola? It got left at home, so I don’t get to eat it on this trip!
- 3 C regular oats
- ¼ C chia seeds
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 C freeze dried strawberries, coarsely broken
- ¾ C almonds, coarsely chopped
- ½ C honey
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp water
- Preheat oven to 300. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, cinnmaon, nutmeg, salt, strawberries, and almonds. Add in honey, olive oil, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon water and stir until oat mixture is well-coated. If mixture is still dry, add another tablespoon of water.
- Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
- Press mixture into prepared baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes or until granola starts to turn golden brown, rotating the pan every 10 minutes.
- Remove pan to wire rack and cool completely. Break granola into clusters and store in an airtight container.