Honey-Chia Granola

Time55 minutes
YieldsMakes about 6 cups
Honey-Chia Granola
(Maria Zizka)
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After many years in the kitchen, what I’ve come to love most is cooking simply, with only a handful of ingredients. My favorite recipes are the kind that grow with you, teach you something new, and have emotion and subtlety. Every so often, I am caught breathless at the discovery of a recipe that miraculously checks all the boxes: simple, rewarding, doable on a busy weekday, elegant, and most importantly, incredibly delicious.

This recipe is that kind of gem and is made with fewer than five ingredients. Salt doesn’t count because it is a pantry staple. I suppose you could argue with my math, but why bother? In the same amount of time, you can grocery shop (now’s your chance to breeze through the express lane) and cook something unexpectedly wonderful.

From the story: Five or fewer: From breakfast to dessert, less is more with these dishes


Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.


In a large bowl, stir together the oats, chia seeds and salt.


Melt the butter using a microwave or in a small pot on the stovetop. Stir in the honey, mixing until blended, then pour the honey-butter into the bowl of oats. Mix well.


Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet, spreading evenly and pressing down with the back of a spoon to encourage the granola to form clusters. Bake for 15 minutes, stir the granola and press it down once again, then continue to bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Recipe by Maria Zizka.