Orange Chia Granola
You’ll love the hint of orange zest in this Orange Chia Granola, loaded with healthy oats, chia seeds, and nuts!
What is your favorite meal of the day? Mine is most definitely breakfast. Maybe that’s partly due to the cup of coffee that I get to drink at breakfast time. But it’s also the breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, and toast… I love them all.
My favorite go-to easy everyday breakfast, though, is homemade granola. I love making (and eating) granola so much that last year I devoted a whole week to sharing granola recipes including peanut butter granola and mocha granola. I’ve written about the 5 reasons why you should make homemade granola in my tropical granola post. Basically, I’m a granola addict.
I never get tired of dreaming up new granola flavors, and this Orange Chia Granola is my latest obsession. I’ve mentioned that we’ve been getting the most delicious, juicy oranges in our farm box. Well, I pretty much can’t eat one of those oranges without first zesting it to make a batch of this granola!
I mix the zest into a little bit of granulated sugar, which releases the flavor and oils from the zest and flavors the sugar. This method allows the orange flavor to be evenly distributed throughout the granola. When you mix the orange-sugar into the oat mixture, be sure to break up any clumps of orange with your spoon so that everything is well combined.
I make homemade granola just about every week, so that we’ll have it on hand for quick weekday breakfasts. I always make a double batch and even that disappears way too quickly! If you make a double batch of this Orange Chia Granola, you’ll probably need to spread the granola out on two pans instead of one. Be sure to rotate the pans halfway through baking so that it bakes evenly.
I love to eat this Orange Chia Granola in a bowl with some milk or as a crunchy topping for plain Greek yogurt. What is your favorite way to enjoy granola? Do you have a favorite granola flavor?
Orange Chia Granola
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- zest of 1 large orange
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats, 340g
- 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (or your favorite nut)*, 100g
- ¼ cup chia seeds, 40g
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup melted refined coconut oil**
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, use your fingertips to combine the granulated sugar and orange zest until fragrant. Add the oats, pecans, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until well combined.
- In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.
- Spread granola in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring at 15 and 30 minutes and then not again. The granola is done when it is lightly golden and dry. Let the granola cool completely on the pan before transferring to an airtight container. The granola will crisp and cluster together slightly on the pan as it cools. I like to store my granola in the refrigerator.
**If you use virgin (unrefined) coconut oil, your granola will have some coconut flavor. Refined coconut oil does not taste like coconut.
I am so bad about breakfast. I’ve been in a huge eggs and toast rut. This orange granola sounds delicious!
I love eggs and toast! I’ve eaten this granola the past few days, so I think tomorrow morning it’ll be time for some eggs!
This granola! It looks so amazing and deliciously crunchy with huge flavor. I love chia seeds and the zest of oranges just have a smell like nothing else. I’m not the biggest breakfast person, but I LOVE granola, mostly because you can eat it all the time. Love this!
I’m pretty confident that you would love this granola, Jessica! I agree – the small of orange zest is just incredible!
This sounds amazing! I love the orange zest in there!
Thanks, Kelly! It’s hard to imagine how delicious granola is with orange zest until you try it!
This sounds GOOD!!! I’ve been wanting a delicious granola recipe with chia seeds in it. Thanks for this recipe!
You are very welcome! I hope you love this granola! We sure do. 🙂
Kristine I need to make this! I love the flavor combo. My breakfast routine keeps changing, but more often than not it involves me running out the door and eating it at my desk at work. I bet I’d be getting into work early if I knew a batch of this granola was waiting for me. 🙂
This granola is an excellent motivator to get going early in the morning! 🙂
I’m a little jealous of your farm box- a box in new england would never include fresh oranges 🙁 This looks amazing! Orange and pecan is one of my favorite flavor combos- definitely trying this! (my granola is usually so boring)
We are definitely spoiled with our produce here in California. Please try this granola! I think you’ll love it! 🙂
Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day, too! This granola looks just perfect, Kristine! I’m loving the orange flavor. Sounds so light and refreshing. And the chia seeds are a great addition. I try to sneak those in whenever I can!
If you’ve never tried adding orange zest to your granola, you’ve got to. It’s so good!
I love the chia-orange-pecan combination, Kristine, and would look forward to waking up to a big bowl of this granola!
I’ve been waking up extra early in the mornings lately, and this granola definitely gives me something to look forward to!
What a yummy flavor for granola! Looks delicious!! 🙂
Thanks, Christina! I can’t get enough of this granola!
I love breakfast but during the week mine always consists of a smoothie or a juice. I bet if I kept this at work it would make for an awesome “second” breakfast. Yummy.
I want to start making more smoothies for breakfast! That would save me some time in the morning!
I’m on board with the breakfast love, especially for the coffee 🙂 This recipe looks great, I’ve definitely never tried an orange-flavored granola!
It’s all about the coffee!
This looks amazing! I love chia seeds on anything and everything and I love both oranges and pecans, yet I’ve never had them together! SO yum 🙂
We have nut tree allergies in our house, any other suggestion for the replacement of coconut oil? We can use peanuts in our home just not tree nuts, peaches or products with palm kernel oil. Thanks in advance for your response.
Hi Gwen, thanks for your question! Is olive oil safe for your family? If so, I’d use that. 🙂
I love granola but for some reason I’ve only ever made it once! I always tell myself that I’m going to make a big batch of it and eat it for breakfast everyday and then I never do, haha! I love the addition of the orange in this! So fresh!
I probably make enough granola for the both of us, Izzy! 🙂
This recipe is amazing…everyone loves it! The orange zest gives a great flavour
Thank you, Ilse! I’m happy to hear you are enjoying this granola!
This was easy to make and it was delicious. It was good to have with fruit for lunch and filling.
I’m glad you liked it! I like the idea of having it for lunch with fruit and yogurt.
This is one of the BEST granola ever! I’m a huge fan of orange flavors and when healthy, makes the perfect combo! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.