Christmas Granola

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Christmas Granola combines oatmeal, nuts, Christmas spices, molasses, honey, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Make this delicious holiday granola and treat your friends with the sweetest gift!

A shallow bowl of gingerbread granola with raisins.

Gingerbread Granola

Bring on gingerbread everything. It’s almost Christmas!

There is nothing like homemade granola and our family is nuts about it. Yogurt and granola, fruit and granola, milk and granola, and just plain ole granola…eaten by the handful. We keep it in the freezer because it’s best served cold.

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Why This Recipe Works:

  • SIMPLE PROCESS – The process is simple. Just mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients, combine, bake, and cool. No problem!
  • SMELLS AMAZING – We love the fragrance of granola baking in the oven. In fact, I recommend making some right before guests arrive!
  • FULL OF FLAVOR – I’m a huge fan of gingerbread so this granola is one of my favorites. Plus, we’re adding white chocolate chips and craisins for even more flavor!
  • MAKES GREAT GIFTS – Need a hostess gift? Make a batch of this Christmas granola for your family and friends who are hosting a holiday gathering this year. Simply portion some out into mason jars and add a holiday ribbon for good measure!
A baking sheet of Christmas granola.

Ingredients Used:

These are basic pantry staples that I usually keep stocked in our kitchen.

  • Base Ingredients – old-fashioned oatmeal, chopped pecans, and chopped almonds
  • Spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt – plus brown sugar
  • Wet Ingredients – avocado oil, honey, molasses, and vanilla

How to make Gingerbread Granola:

Step 1
Prep. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add parchment paper to a large baking sheet.

Step 2
Combine dry ingredients. Combine the oatmeal, almonds, pecans, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a large mixing bowl. Stir to mix well.

Step 3
Combine wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into a glass measuring cup (2 cups) – the avocado oil, honey, and molasses. Heat in the microwave for one minute.

Step 4
Pour wet ingredients into the dry. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to combine. Add mixture to a prepared baking sheet and use a spatula to smooth to all sides of the pan.

Step 5
Bake. Bake granola for 15 minutes, rotate pan, and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. The edges may get a little dark but watch it closely to avoid burning.

Step 6
Cool. Let the granola sit in the pan until cool. Then use your hands to break it up into smaller pieces.

Step 7
Add Craisins and chips. Add the Craisins and white chocolate chips to the cooled granola.

Storing and Freezing

  • Store granola in an airtight container or a large storage bag for about one week.
  • Freeze granola in a freezer bag for up to three months (or more)

Head to read how we enjoy our Yogurt with Granola bowls!

A large sheet pan of gingerbread granola.

Recipe FAQs:

Can I customize the fruits and nuts?

Yes, feel free to choose your favorite nuts and dried fruits to personalize this granola to your taste.

How can I sweeten this granola?

The honey and molasses will add sweetness to the granola, but brown sugar can be added for a little extra sweetness.

What makes up the gingerbread flavor/

Ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves give the granola its warm and spicy gingerbread flavor.

How do I avoid burning the granola?

Keep a close eye on the granola and stir occasionally (if desired).

Can I make the granola in advance for gifting?

Gingerbread granola makes a wonderful homemade gift. I like to add it to mason jars and add twine to the lid.

Side view of a large jar of gingerbread granola.

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xoxo ~Sue

A shallow bowl of Christmas granola with white chocolate chips.

Christmas Granola

Christmas Granola combines oatmeal, nuts, Christmas spices, molasses, honey, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Make this delicious granola during the holidays and treat your friends with the sweetest gift!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 14 1/2-cup servings
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup low-sugar dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add parchment paper to a large baking sheet.
  • Combine dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oatmeal, almonds, pecans, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir to mix well.
  • Combine wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into a glass measuring cup (2 cups) – the avocado oil, honey, and molasses. Heat in the microwave for one minute.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to combine. Add mixture to a prepared baking sheet and use a spatula to smooth to all sides of the pan.
  • Bake. Bake granola for 15 minutes, rotate pan and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until golden brown on top. The edges may get a little dark but watch it closely to avoid burning.
  • Cool. Let granola sit in the pan until cool. Then use your hands to break it up into smaller pieces.
  • Add Craisins and chips. Add the Craisins and white chocolate chips to the cooled granola.
  • Enjoy granola with yogurt, milk, fruit and yogurt, or plain by the handful!

Notes

  • Store granola in an airtight container or a large storage bag for about one week.
  • Freeze granola in a freezer bag for up to three months (or more).

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. Linda Lee Biggs says:

    My family and best friend LOVED this gift. So delicious!

  2. Albert Bevia says:

    yeah I´m pretty much addicted to granola too, but this here is above and beyond, this looks and sounds so amazing! thank you for the great recipe 🙂

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Let me know if you give it a try!! 🙂

  3. What an awesome idea for Christmas edible gifts – will definitely be making a few small jar of this beautiful and delicious granola!

  4. An awesome recipe and guilty as charged. I love to eat this as a snack! The best part is no dishes or evidence. Just open the freezer, grab some in your hand, eat the good stuff and nobody every knows! Perfect. When it comes to the freezer, I put all the “good” stuff on one shelf and I refer to this as my shelf! Yep, this recipe is on that shelf. Let me know if you need a picture as proof.

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