Lemon Chia Seed Granola

  • Author: Marissa Allen


This lemon chia seed granola is a healthier alternative to that jumbo lemon poppy seed muffin you were tempted to buy the other day! It’s bright, crunchy, a little chewy, and just sweet enough!


  • 1/2 C cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 C rolled oats
  • 3/4 C puffed quinoa or puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 C sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Combine the cashew butter, ghee, and honey in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20-30 seconds or until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. Stir in the lemon extract, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, puffed quinoa, sliced almonds, and chia seeds. Stir in the melted mixture till all the ingredients are coated well.
  3. If making crunchy granola: preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dump onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure to spread mixture out. Bake for 15-18 minutes; stir occasionally! 
  4. If making no-bake granola bars*: Press the mixture into a parchment lined 8×8 pan. Refrigerate for 3hours+. Slice into 8 bars.


You might need to add an additional 1/4 C of cashew butter to make them hold together a little better. Depends on the brand of cashew butter. You could add an additional 1 tbsp of honey for more sweetness.