The Simple Plate

Gingerbread Granola

Gingerbread Granola is one of my favorite snacks to have on hand for Christmas Eve and Day! If you’re attending a family gathering or even cooking the big dinner, this is a great snack for everyone to munch on while you wait for Christmas dinner. You can even serve it a breakfast on Christmas Day with some bananas or in a bowl with a milk of your choice. It’s really, really easy to make and you can add in all kinds of other goodies if you want (coconut, chocolate chips, raisins, etc). Kids and adults alike will love this sweet addition to your holiday spread. It also makes a great snack anytime of year (stay tuned for more flavor options). And feel free to use whatever varieties of nut you prefer or have on hand. The best part about this granola is it’s versatile, so use whatever you’d like. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Ingredients:

2 cup raw almonds

1 cup raw cashews

1 cup raw pecans or walnuts

1/4 cup flax seeds

4 tbs honey or maple syrup

1 cup almond butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

How To:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, add in all of your nuts and pulse just a few times. You want the nuts broken up, but not pulverized. They should keep most of their shape. Alternatively, place your nuts in a gallon sized bag and use a meat cleaver or soup can to crush them up a bit. This takes a few minutes, but you will also have better control over how much they are broken up.
  3. Next, add your nuts into a large mixing bowl along with the remaining ingredients. Stir together until the nuts begin to form clumps and the almond butter is well incorporated.
  4. Now, place your baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 min. Then, remove from the oven and give the granola a good toss. Bake an additional 10 min. Allow to cool before sealing in a Ziploc bag or airtight container before serving.

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