Dec 18, 2014
Hillary

Gingerbread Granola

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Last week I had a crazy craving for some homemade granola. Honey granola, peanut butter and jelly granola, regular homemade granola, I didn’t care what kind, I just needed some granola in my life and on my cheerios! There was only one problem…my whole kitchen was packed away in boxes minus a few forks, spoons, salt, pepper and a few other essentials. Homemade granola is simple but not that simple! I think our first set of boxes were in the new place for about four hours before I started unpacking the mountain of kitchen boxes. I’ve tripled my cabinet space but bought nothing new between the move from the old kitchen to the new one yet I filled every single cabinet. Now I have no idea how I packed everything in my old closet sized kitchen! But with everything unpacked, the first thing I decided to bake was the granola I had been craving. I had seen gingerbread granola from Minimalist Baker recently and couldn’t get it out of my head. And because of the move, we’ve had to delay getting our Christmas tree and we needed to add some holiday cheer in our new home. So when you can’t get the smell of Christmas tree, make this gingerbread granola! It might not light up your living room but I promise it’ll light up your taste buds!

Ingredients

(Slightly adapted from Minimalist Baker. Makes one large batch of granola. Servings TBD depending on how and if you can refrain from eating large amounts in one sitting!)

  • 3 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of cloves (really, JUST a pinch)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon molasses

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Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees F and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the oats, chopped nuts, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. In a smaller bowl or a glass measuring cup, mix together the coconut oil, syrup, and molasses. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with your dry ingredients and give everything a good mix. Make sure that everything is evenly coated. Pour the mixture out on the prepared baking sheet and pop it in the oven. Let it bake for about 20 minutes. The scent coming from your oven might make you think that a gingerbread house is in the making inside!

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Be sure to start checking the granola after 20 minutes. When the oats start getting golden brown, go ahead and take it out of the oven and let it sit for a few minutes. It will immediately start to crisp up and give you the granola crunch you expect.

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This granola can be eaten on cereal, yogurt, fruit, with milk, or simply by the handful. It’s the perfect solution for a gingerbread cookie craving but avoiding all of the butter and sugar that comes along with the cookie. You miss out on the fun gingerbread man shape but at the same time at least you can now avoid the guilt of eating off the arms, legs, etc. of the little men! I know gingerbread is normally a “holiday” flavor but this granola has convinced me that gingerbread needs to become an all-year-round flavor. They do Christmas in July, so why not gingerbread, too! This is too good to only have during one month out of the year.

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Quick side note: if you haven’t tried siggi’s yogurt you need to get on this! It’s not actually greek yogurt but tastes like greek yogurt because of the straining process they use. There is very little sugar compared to other big brands (and believe me, you don’t need or miss the extra sugar that others add) but you still get all the protein that you love from greek yogurt. My favorite is by far the vanilla! They fly off the shelf at my local Whole Foods and I fill my bag with all the vanilla flavors I can get my hands on during each visit to the store. The cashier told me recently that I could get a discount if I bought a case and I actually found myself pausing and seriously thinking about that. But then I decided Jor might not be thrilled with half our fridge being yogurt when he is lactose sensitive! So make this granola, find siggi’s yogurt and your week will be made! For now, that’s gingerbread granola…in the shell of a nut!

 

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