In continuation of my longing for spring, I made this delicious Lemon Chamomile Granola. There is nothing more springish that lemon things, and the chamomile adds the perfect soothing touch to this unforgettable morning snack. When eaten plain, it is very lemony, but when eaten with milk (and possibly a banana on top) the flavor of the chamomile really comes out. This is basically my new favorite thing.
I’ve done a bit of experimenting with tea-infused baked goods, and I am always happy with the results. I don’t know why it isn’t done more often. For instance, this Honey Fig Tea Cake is the best thing I’ve ever made (it has green tea in it) and this Apple Green Tea Cake is a close second. Granola seemed like the natural thing to try next, but I’ve got high hopes for delicious tea-inspired goods coming soon. I’m thinking tea muffins, tea energy bites, tea truffles, tea brownies…The possibilities are truly endless.
Lemon Chamomile Granola
3 cups old fashioned oats
3 Chamomile tea bags
1/2 tsp salt
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
Poppy seeds (optional)
1. Place oats, contents of tea bags, salt, lemon zest, and poppy seeds into a large bowl and mix until combined.
2. Stir honey, coconut oil, and lemon juice together in a separate bowl. Note: if your honey is very thick or you are using solid coconut oil, pop in the microwave for a 20-30 seconds so the liquid mixture is easier to mix into the dry ingredients.
3. Pour liquid mixture into the oat mixture and stir until all of the oats are adequately wet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!