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Healthy Gingerbread Granola

This Healthy Gingerbread Granola is made with extra virgin olive oil, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves for a holiday breakfast that is naturally gluten free and refined sugar free. Feel good about indulging this holiday season with this lightly spiced Healthy Gingerbread Granola!

If you’re looking for more homemade granola recipes, check out some of my other favorites like my Chocolate Olive Oil Honey Granola, Cinnamon Sugar Quinoa Granola, or my Honey Coconut Granola.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

No Refined Sugar: This Healthy Gingerbread Granola is free of refined sugar. I use coconut sugar, honey, and maple syrup in this lightly spiced granola making it a much healthier option for breakfast, especially during the holidays when you’re indulging in so many other sweets!

Gingerbread Spices: This Healthy Gingerbread Granola is lightly spiced with my favorite gingerbread spice trio: cinnamon, ginger, and cloves! This Healthy Gingerbread Granola is reminiscent of your favorite holiday cookie!

Healthy Fats: This Healthy Gingerbread Granola has so many healthy fats! I use extra virgin olive oil, coconut, and pumpkin seeds which are all healthy fats that will keep you going all day long.

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Ingredients for Healthy Gingerbread Granola

Organic Rolled Oats

Food to Live Organic Unsweetened Wide Flake Coconut

Food to Live Organic Unsweetened Fine Shredded Coconut

Food to Live Organic Roasted & Salted Pumpkin Seeds

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Frontier Co-Op Organic Ginger

Frontier Co-Op Organic Cloves

Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Organic Raw Honey

Organic Maple Syrup

Food to Live Organic Coconut Sugar

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

Mixing Bowl

Small Pot

Spatula

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How to Make Healthy Gingerbread Granola

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a large bowl, add the oats, wide flake coconut, fine shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Mix together.

Step 3

In a small pot, add the olive oil, honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup. Put over medium heat and stir to combine completely. Continue to cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat.

Add the salt into the olive oil mixture and stir to combine completely.

Step 4

Pour the mixture into the bowl with the oats and stir to combine completely. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly.

Step 5

Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and stir to rotate granola. Bake again for 20 minutes or until the oats look dark golden brown. Let cool completely on the baking sheet. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to follow the high altitude instructions that are in the Notes at the bottom of the recipe!).

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Tips for Healthy Gingerbread Granola

• Make sure to use parchment paper! This granola clumps up into beautiful crunch clusters, so that means it can stick very easily to the pan. So parchment paper is key! My favorite nontoxic parchment paper is from Kana, use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off your order!

• I use extra virgin olive oil in this granola which I love! I have been obsessed with olive oil granola, making my Chocolate Olive Oil Honey Granola, Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Granola, and my Maple Cinnamon Olive Oil Granola. Canola oil will also work, but it won't be as healthy. But, if you want to use coconut oil, I think that would also work very well!

• If you don’t have pumpkin seeds you can use almonds, walnuts, or pecans in place of them.

• The granola may seem wet when it comes out of the oven, that is okay, it will harden up as soon as it cools!

• Make sure to store granola in an airtight container. I store granola in a glass jar in the pantry.

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FAQ's

How can I serve this Gingerbread Granola?

You can enjoy this healthy Gingerbread Granola so many ways! I love it with just plain milk (or coconut milk) for a healthy cereal. You can also enjoy this with yogurt and fresh fruit. And, because this makes such great clusters, it makes the perfect little snack!

What if I don't have coconut sugar?

If you don't have coconut sugar you can replace it with 57 grams (¼ cup) organic cane sugar. I just like to use coconut sugar as it's a little healthier and I don't like to eat a lot of sugar for breakfast. But, either one will work just fine!

Can I add nuts?

Yes, if you want to add nuts you can do that. I would recommend adding about 85 grams (3 ounces) of nuts. I think almonds or pecans would be a great choice in this recipe!

How should I store homemade granola?

The best way to store homemade granola is in an airtight container in the pantry. It will last for up to 1 month.

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Healthy Gingerbread Granola

Mimi Council
This Healthy Gingerbread Granola is refined sugar free, full of healthy fats, and lightly spiced to be reminiscent of your favorite gingerbread cookie! Enjoy with milk, yogurt, or grab clusters for a snack!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 43 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Makes 16 servings
Calories 253 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the oats, wide flake coconut, fine shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Mix together.
  • In a small pot, add the olive oil, honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup. Put over medium heat and stir to combine completely. Continue to cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the salt into the olive oil mixture and stir to combine completely.
  • Pour the mixture into the bowl with the oats and stir to combine completely. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and stir to rotate granola. Bake again for 20 minutes or until the oats look dark golden brown. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Video

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Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 325°F for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and stir to rotate granola, bake again for 15 minutes or until the oats look dark golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 85mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 2mg
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