My festive Gingerbread Granola recipe is made using healthy ingredients like rolled oats, macadamia oil and honey. The warming flavor of ginger makes this granola have your house smelling like gingerbread cookies and is perfect for the holiday season. Gingerbread is my favorite holiday flavor!
I love this gingerbread granola served with fresh fruit and yogurt. Or serve with your favorite milk and warm the milk for cooler mornings. This delicious recipe is so good you'll want to make a double batch! For more delicious granola recipes, I recommend you try my Hemp Seeds Granola or my Vanilla Almond Granola! And if you're feeling in the mood for actual gingerbread cookies, then I would recommend trying my healthy, gluten free gingerbread cookies!
What's to Love About Gingerbread Granola
- allergy friendly - this recipe is dairy free and can easily be made nut free by swapping the pecans and macadamia oil (see the ingredients notes for more information). It can also be made wheat free by using certified wheat free oats.
- easy to make - my homemade granola might sound intimidating but it is really SO easy to make, even for the most beginner cook.
- wholesome breakfast - this healthy granola is a healthy and wholesome breakfast, providing plenty of fiber, complex carbohydrates, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
- meal prep - granola is perfect for meal prepping on the weekend as it lasts for weeks once cooked. I would recommend even making a double batch of homemade granola!
- the perfect homemade holiday gift - package this gingerbread granola up beautiful to gift to family members or gift to teachers at the end of the school year. Nothing says Merry Christmas like some gingerbread goodness!
Ingredients Notes & Substitutions
The ingredients for my homemade gingerbread granola are simple and easy to find at any grocery store. And you only need 6 ingredients!! For the full list of ingredient quantities see the recipe card at the bottom of the post. Below is a list of any ingredients you will need as well as possible substitutions and any notes.
- raw honey - There is something about the flavor of ginger and honey together that is so perfect. Honey can be swapped for pure maple syrup, however.
- ground ginger - ground ginger is essential for getting that gingerbread flavor. You can also swap for pre-made gingerbread spices if you have some on hand.
- old fashioned oats - also known as rolled oats. I prefer to use wheat free rolled oats. I would recommend against using quick oats for this recipe.
- pecans - you can swap the pecans for walnuts or almonds, or add extra sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds if making nut free. Use raw nuts for this recipe that haven't already been toasted.
- sunflower seeds - sunflower seeds can be swapped for pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
- macadamia oil - I love using macadamia oil as it is a mild flavoured but healthy oil to cook with. You can swap macadamia oil for extra virgin olive oil if preferred. Use olive oil if you are making this recipe nut free.
That's it! Just 6 ingredients and you can have this delicious, autumnal breakfast.
How to Make Gingerbread Granola
Making homemade gingerbread granola is a very simple process. Follow my step-by-step guide to make the perfect granola!
First, preheat the oven.
Then whisk together the honey and macadamia oil in a small bowl.
Next, add the rolled oats, pecans, sunflower seeds and ground ginger in a large bowl. Pour the oil mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until really well combined. All of the oats should be evenly coated in the oil mixture.
Pour the granola mixture out onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you're making a big batch then you will want a second cookie sheet. Alternatively you can use a large baking dish. Spread the granola mixture out into a thin layer across the bottom of the tray. Place the tray into the oven and bake until crispy, golden brown and fragrant.
Allow the granola to cool completely before breaking up and transferring to an airtight container.
Here are some fun variations that can be made to your own granola if you're feeling extra creative!
- chocolate chip - add ½ cup of dark chocolate chips once the granola is completely cooled and stir through.
- dried cranberries - add ½ cup of dried cranberries to the granola once it has been cooked, otherwise the cranberries go really hard.
The best thing about making a homemade toasted granola is that it stores really well! Once the crunchy granola is completely cooled, pour into a large airtight glass jar and place the lid on. Store this toasted granola in the pantry for approximately 3 weeks (ours never lasts this long so I can't tell you for sure that it will last longer than this).
Some simple serving suggestions for this honey ginger granola are:
- have a bowl of this granola served with warmed milk - I love using almond milk but you can use your favorite milk.
- use to top yogurt along with seasonal fruit or make a yogurt parfait making layers of coconut yogurt or Greek yogurt, granola and fruits.
- sprinkle on top of your favourite smoothies, smoothie bowls or chia pudding for some added crunch factor!
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Large Baking Dish
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup macadamia oil
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Add rolled oats, pecans, sunflower seeds and ground ginger to a large mixing bowl and mix to combine.
- In a seperate smaller bowl whisk together the macadamia oil and honey. Pour honey mixture into the oats mixture and stir to through to evenly coat.
- Spread out across the base of a baking dish and place into oven to bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir with a spoon. Return back to the oven for a further 10 minutes.
- Once baked, remove from oven and use an egg flip to stir granola, pushing it from the base of the dish. Allow to cool in the baking dish completely before transferring to a airtight jar for storage.
- serve with yoghurt and seasonal fruit
- use to top your smoothie for extra crunch
- serve in a bowl with warm or cold milk
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