My friend Robin is many wonderful things. When it comes to this Sweet Potato Granola, however, I want to tell you that my friend Robin is the healthiest person I know, an excellent home cook, and a really kind friend.
Not only does she bring me a mason jar of a delicious kale-ginger-cucumber juice combination she invented nearly every time I see her, she also gifts me a pretty steady supply of homemade granola. Her granola had me hooked after the first bowl. It's so good!
After enjoying this delicious granola for months (she kept me supplied through my pregnancy and even in the hospital!), I finally thought to ask her a few weeks ago how she makes this tasty stuff.
It turns out this granola owes a lot of its healthy goodness to a special secret ingredient: Sweet Potato!
Instead of adding in all the sugar that ordinary granola recipes call for, Robin purees a baked sweet potato and mixes that into the granola instead. It's not as sweet, but that doesn't make it any less yummy.
And that's another thing I love about Robin - she has this knack for making things healthy taste delicious and making sure things that taste delicious are still healthy. I really love that about her! Once, she brought me a bag of homemade mango cookie bars. They tasted very much like an indulgent dessert, but she assured me they were still full of spinach.
Unfortunately, Robin (like my mother) is a little too good at cooking on the fly . . . so, she doesn't actually have a recipe for this. However, as we sat poolside watching kids splash while we played with baby a few weeks ago, she gave me a few basic instructions that I have since then turned into a recipe for Healthy Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Granola. Just in time too, because Robin is travelling the East Coast for a few weeks and I still need my granola fix!
Thank goodness for friends like Robin! May everyone be blessed to find a friend like her somewhere along the path. This granola is pretty fantastic too!
Healthy Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Granola
Wow, I feel like it's my birthday! I am truly blessed to have you as a friend. I just dropped in after a day at the beach and what a nice surprise!
The funny part of this recipe is that I used to just use a packet of decaf chai from Oregon Chai along with the sweet potato puree, but when it was discontinued I made up the spice mixture based on your delicious decaf chai recipe. So, you have yourself to thank, too. I love what you added to it.
Ha! We're so good at collaborating. A day at the beach sounds delightful - hope you guys are having a wonderful time!
Wow, this is amazing sounding! I love the idea of using the sweet potato for sweetening! I'm always trying to decrease the maple syrup in our granola (sort of a weening process) but I will try this next time we make granola which will no doubt be in a few days since we eat so much of it. Thank you!
Thanks Jon - I hope you like it as much as we do!
There is nothing better than good friends and good food. What a bonus to enjoy them both at the same time! This surely will be added to my granola recipes of choice.
So true! Hope you enjoy it!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
i swear i have about fifty different granola recipes.. never tried sweet potato and chai flavoured before.. will be recreating this recipe!
I think I have about 50 different varieties of granola recipes too! This one is certainly unique though and it's delicious + healthy so it's at the top of my list right now. Hope you enjoy it like we do!