Once you make this festive Holiday Spiced Granola you will never want store-bought again!
I am a granola girl for sure. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves combine to create that wonderful gingerbread granola taste. The perfect addition to my pumpkin yogurt.
Indulge in a delicious treat that captures the flavours of the season. Warm spices, dried fruit, and crunchy nuts are all combined in this festive granola. Elevate your breakfast, and add it to yogurt.
This Christmas granola in a jar makes the perfect food gift for the holidays. All the wonderful spices of the season. I think you need to give my pumpkin latte a try too.
Now that I have experienced the awesomeness of this over-the-top delicious goodness, bought granola will never make an appearance again. This is the best holiday granola ever.
Don’t ask me what took so long, but hey better late than never. I made this about 2 days ago, and I can still smell the wonderful aroma when I go into the kitchen. Want to make your house smell wonderful? Make some of this granola, works like a charm. You will instantly be in the Christmas spirit!
I still love my versions of Healthy Granola, Soft Chewy Granola Bars, and No-bake Granola Bars but this crunchy granola is my favourite so far. I cannot believe it took me so long to get on the bandwagon. One batch and I am totally addicted.
So many flavour combinations are rolling around in my head right now. HOW did I NOT try this sooner? The same thing happened with I made homemade cranberry sauce for the first time. I have never bought canned cranberries again.
What Is In Holiday Granola?
This homemade gourmet granola combines all the flavours of the season.
- old fashioned oats
- raw whole almonds
- hemp hearts
- raw pumpkin seeds
- raw pistachios
- dried cranberries
- coconut oil
- maple syrup
Super simple ingredients. In fact, if you don’t like something on this list, substitute what you do like. There is no wrong way to make this spicy granola recipe trust me.
Just reading this list of ingredients gets me super excited. I love the aroma as this bakes. It smells like Christmas. I am all about the holiday spices.
Since my mom is no longer with us, I try to make some of her recipes during the holidays to keep her spirit alive. She did love making lots of wonderful holiday cookies, and for this granola recipe, I used the flavours from her crispy molasses cookies.
Speaking of molasses, did you know there are many different kinds of molasses? I was blown away to find out that so many kinds existed. From dark to light, blackstrap, and pomegranate too. There is even a difference between sulfured and unsulfured molasses.
How To Make Holiday Spiced Granola
This granola recipe is so incredibly easy to make. It only takes about 30 minutes. Customize the ingredients to suit your palette. Simple ingredients, no artificial flavours or preservatives. You can never go wrong with easy, healthy, and delicious. Full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Mix up some oats and whatever nuts and seeds you like.
- Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, and spices.
- Let cool (it will turn nice and crunchy).
- Add some cranberries (or other dried fruits) and even chocolate chips too.
- Pour into a bowl and let everyone serve themselves. Perfect on its own, or as a topping on yogurt.
- Place it in a sealed container, and it will keep for several weeks.
Spices make this granola pop with flavour. You can make it just the way you like. More cinnamon, less ginger, make your perfect blend.
Cranberries are perfect for holiday recipes, but if you like swap them out for other dried fruit options. Raisins, currants, apricots, figs, blueberries, cherries. Whatever you like.
Nuts add crunch and texture. All nuts work in this spiced granola recipe.
Maple syrup works so well, but honey is a great option.
Oats can be regular or old-fasioned large flakes, not steel-cut or instant oats.
Store in a sealed container, or glass jar. It will keep for several weeks if you can manage not to eat it all before then.
Gifting is perfect since everyone will want some of this handcrafted holiday granola as a gift. Package it in jars or treat bags. You can even attach the recipe so they can make it a home.
Homemade Granola FAQ’s
Keep it in an airtight container or sealed ziplock bag. It will stay crunchy for weeks.
The directions on the recipe card are pretty accurate, but everyone’s oven tends to vary in temperature. When your kitchen smells like the holidays and the granola is a light golden brown it is ready.
Keep an eye on it during baking. Be sure to mix it to allow for even browning. If your oven runs high, turn the temperature down.
This granola recipe will get you dreaming of sugar plums and Cookies for Santa. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves combined with maple syrup and molasses.
Talking about homemade holiday food gift ideas, have you tried my Homemade Bourbon Fudge? OMG, this is a huge hit every year. A must for the holiday treat tray.
White Chocolate Popcorn Balls are super festive. Just like mini snowballs covered in holiday sprinkles.
Do you love making and receiving food gifts for Christmas? Well, you REALLY need to check out this post 28 Unique Edible Gifts for Christmas! Great for stocking stuffers, teacher’s gifts and to take to holiday parties too. You just might even want to make a few of these all for yourself.
Have I got you dreaming of Christmas spices yet? It is not too early to start enjoying the foods of the holiday season.
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Holiday Spiced Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup raw whole almonds (or your choice of nuts)
- ½ cup hemp hearts
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup raw pistachios
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 350º F, and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, and seeds. (I broke my almonds up slightly in the blender, but feel free to leave them whole)
- In a small microwavable bowl combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses and spices.
- Microwave for about 30 seconds until the oil melts. (You can also do this on the stove as well). Mix well.
- Pour over oatmeal mixture, and mix to coat well.
- Spread mixture onto prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes (or so), mixing half way through.
- I like my granola really crunchy, so I baked it a few minutes longer. Just be careful as the granola can burn easily near the end of the baking time.
- Remove from oven.
- Let cool slightly, and add in the cranberries.
- Place in a bowl (or container).