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Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola
December 6, 2012 | Home >Healthy Kids > In the News >Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola

Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola

My kids and I are fantasizing about how many different granola flavors we can imagine! The possibilities are endless!  Here are a few they wanted to try:

  • Pumpkin Granola
  • Apple Pie Granola
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola
  • Maple Pecan Granola
  • Almond Coconut
  • Raisin and Cinnamon!
  • and today’s Gingerbread Granola!Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola. This granola is perfect for this time of year!

We love granola for a billion reason.  But the most important to my kids is that it tastes amazing.  The most important thing to me, is that we can include an incredible amount of nutrient dense foods with our granola. Nuts, seeds, dried fruits and whole grains are all a must!  Plus, adding fresh fruit to granola makes for some delicious quick breakfast, and is much more filling than a cup of commercial cereal!

Today’s granola has our nuts and dried fruit, but it also has something extra special, and also good for kids! Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg!  Spices have been used for centuries to treat common ailments and to cure animals and humans naturally.  These spices are no exception.

  • Ginger is helpful for gastrointestinal issues that kids may be suffering from. (source)
  • Cinnamon can help kids maintain normal blood sugar! (source)
  • Cloves can be anti-inflammatory. (source)
Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola. This granola is perfect for this time of year!

So, let food be your medicine and mix up some Granola with some heaping helpings of healing spices!  Can you really say your common breakfast cereal is as amazing?

Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola. This granola is perfect for this time of year! Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola. This granola is perfect for this time of year!

So, whip up some of this granola below. It won’t last long, but try it topped with plain yogurt, or even baked apple slices with cinnamon!! Yummy!

Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola

Gingerlicious Gingerbread Granola
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup – oats, dry
  • 1/2 cup – almonds, sliced
  • 1/2 cup – walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup – flaxseed, ground
  • 1/4 cup – brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup – molasses
  • 3 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon – ginger, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon – nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon – cloves, ground
  • 1 cup – cranberries, dried

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix oats, almonds, walnuts, and flax meal in one bowl.
  3. Mix all remaining ingredients in a second bowl.
  4. Combine the two until the sugars coat all the oats. Spread granola onto a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Stir ingredients, then return to oven for 15 more minutes. If you over bake it, it will taste burned, so watch it carefully. It's OK to be dark, and it will get dark because of the molasses.
  6. Take out and allow to cool.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 615 31%
  • Fat: 37 g 57%
  • Carb: 62 g 21%
  • Fiber: 12 g 48%
  • Protein: 13 g 26%
  • Sugar: 28 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(5)
Heather says:

Just made this today and the housed smelled AMAZING! Now I just have to resist the urge to eat it all myself. Tasted great mixed with my yogurt for an afternoon snack 😉 Can’t wait to try it with baked apple.

Brooke Duncan says:

Went straight to doubling this recipe…. maybe need to triple it next time it disappeared so fast.

jody says:

What is flax meal? Is it flax seeds grounded?

Yes Jody, It’s just ground up flax seeds!

Preeta says:

Can’t wait to try it. What can I substitute for molasses? Thank you.

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