Gingerbread spice granola is just right for the holiday season! Enjoy for breakfast, a snack, or go ahead and give it as a gift!
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I’m excited to partner with Madhava Natural Sweeteners to talk about celebrating Healthier Holidays with Madhava! How are you doing this holiday season? Are you staying healthy? Getting enough rest? Do you feel like you’ve overdone it in the sweets department?
I am personally trying to have a healthier holiday season. I’ve said no to some commitments, I’ve been trying to get enough sleep, and I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of sugar I’ve been eating. (Which is easier said than done at this time of year, right?)
One way that you can enjoy holiday treats without the huge sugar rush is to make your favorite recipes but to use natural sweeteners instead of refined sugar.
Madhava makes a variety of different natural sweeteners including maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar (a staple in my kitchen!) and agave nectar. These natural sweeteners still make your recipes taste great, but without sending your blood sugar into a tailspin.
Madhava asked me to develop a recipe using their Light Agave Nectar. I knew that gingerbread spice granola would be perfect, because granola is healthy, easy to make, and makes a delicious gift!
Now, we can’t do nuts in our family, but if you can, I would definitely throw in a ½ cup of pecans with this gingerbread spice granola. Or add your favorite nut. But if you can’t do nuts, never fear! This granola is super tasty without them. :)
You could also add some pumpkin seeds for a little extra crunch – that would be a delicious addition to this granola.
You may wonder about the addition of flour…it helps the granola form big clusters. If you leave it out, the gingerbread granola will still taste great, but there will not be any clusters.
How long can you keep homemade granola?
This granola should stay fresh for up to a week in an airtight container.
How do you get clusters to form in granola?
Adding some flour will help clusters to form when you bake this granola.
This gingerbread spice granola is:
- gluten free, vegan, and nut free
- perfect for gift giving
- delicious when enjoyed with dairy free milk, yogurt, or even plain!
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Gingerbread Spice Granola.
- ⅜ cup agave nectar
- ⅛ cup molasses
- ¼ cup organic canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups gluten free oats
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
- 3 Tablespoons gluten free flour blend or oat flour
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the agave nectar, molasses, canola oil, vanilla extract, and spices. Stir well.
- Add the gluten free oats, chia seeds, ground flax seed, and flour. Stir well until everything is coated.
- Spread the granola on the baking sheet, and bake at 275 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let cool completely and then add the cranberries.
- Store in an airtight container.
What is the best sweetener to use in homemade granola?
A sticky sweetener works well, like this agave nectar, or honey, or maple syrup. Each of these sweeteners is a little different. Learn more about agave and honey here.