This gingerbread granola has all the festive flavors of gingerbread cookies, like ginger, molasses, and cinnamon. It’s the perfect way to add holiday cheer to your breakfast bowls!

Gingerbread Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free) - Daisybeet

I have a sentimental connection to gingerbread when it comes to Christmastime. Growing up, my mom always baked and constructed gingerbread houses for us to decorate from scratch.

We always had plenty of frosting and various candies to decorate with, and our completed houses were proudly displayed on the dining table. And of course, we also had gingerbread cookies to eat as well!

This gingerbread granola is an homage to these fun and festive memories. It has classic gingerbread flavor from ginger and molasses, plus a hint of sweet cinnamon.

Gingerbread Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free) - Daisybeet

What’s in gingerbread granola?

Here are all the ingredients you need to make this gingerbread granola:

  • Oats: Use old fashioned rolled oats when making granola, because it has the proper texture and shape.
  • Pecans: I love the taste of toasted pecans with these gingerbread flavors. You can try using another nut if desired, such as walnuts, almonds, or cashews.
  • Ground ginger adds proper gingerbread flavor to the granola.
  • Cinnamon adds sweet, festive flavor.
  • Maple syrup: This is my favorite liquid sweetener to use when making homemade granola. You can sub honey if desired, but the recipe will no longer be vegan.
  • Molasses: This thick and dark sweetener is the byproduct of the sugar making process. It has a distinct flavor that is necessary for true gingerbread flavor.
  • Vegetable oil adds moisture and helps the granola clusters hold together. You can also use melted coconut oil.
  • Vanilla extract adds complex flavor.
  • Salt
  • Mix ins: I used pepitas and dried cherries.
Gingerbread Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free) - Daisybeet

How to make gingerbread granola

First, mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl: oats, spices, salt, and pecans.

In a separate bowl, mix together all wet ingredients: maple syrup, molasses, oil, and vanilla extract.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix well to combine.

Bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet until the granola begins to turn golden brown.

Let the granola cool before stirring and breaking up into chunks. This helps ensure that you get big clusters of granola – the best part!

Stir in the mix-ins. You can store the granola in an airtight container on the countertop.

Gingerbread Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free) - Daisybeet

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Gingerbread Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This gingerbread granola has all the festive flavors of gingerbread cookies, like ginger, molasses, and cinnamon. It’s the perfect way to add holiday cheer to your breakfast bowls!

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 cups of granola 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix-ins

  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together the oats, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together maple syrup, molasses, oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well to combine everything so that the dry ingredients are well coated.
  5. Spread out the granola mixture in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Lightly press it down with your hands or rubber spatula.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until granola looks golden brown.
  7. Let the granola cool completely, then use your hands to gently break up the granola into chunks. Stir in the mix-ins.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container on the countertop, such as a large mason jar.

Keywords: gingerbread granola, vegan, gluten free

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