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Gingerbread Granola {with Dried Cranberries, Pistachios, & White Chocolate Chips}

Sweet, lightly spiced Gingerbread Granola is studded with red dried cranberries, green pistachios, and white chocolate chips, making it a perfect holiday breakfast or homemade food gift!

Gingerbread Granola with Cranberries, Pistachios, and White Chocolate Chips ~ warm spices and Christmas colors make this a perfect holiday breakfast or homemade food gift! | FiveHeartHome.com

Happy Wednesday, friends! I have big plans for plenty of fall favorites and Thanksgiving menu ideas this month, but I hope you’ll forgive me for briefly jumping ahead to a Christmas recipe today. Homemade granola is one of my family’s favorite breakfasts, so I thought it would be fun to put a holiday spin on my favorite, tried and true granola recipe this year by jazzing it up with gingerbread spices and adding some yummy red, green, and white accents!

Gingerbread Granola with Cranberries, Pistachios, and White Chocolate Chips ~ warm spices and Christmas colors make this a perfect holiday breakfast or homemade food gift! | FiveHeartHome.comI love packaging up generous bags or jars of granola as gifts around the holidays (or really, any time of year!) for teachers, neighbors, family, and friends. I must say that such gifts are always well received and, more often than not, result in at least a few recipe requests! This Gingerbread Granola is drizzled with maple syrup and molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. And then to make things extra festive, the cooled granola is studded with dried cranberries, toasted pistachios, and creamy white chocolate chips. It’s guaranteed to smell heavenly as it bakes and one taste will transport you straight to a holiday frame of mind!

Gingerbread Granola with Cranberries, Pistachios, and White Chocolate Chips ~ warm spices and Christmas colors make this a perfect holiday breakfast or homemade food gift! | FiveHeartHome.comIt’s easy to make a big batch of this granola to divide up between several gifts. I typically package it in clear cellophane bags or glass jars (quart-sized Mason jars work perfectly). Then simply fancy up your gift with some ribbon or colored twine, and don’t forget to add a cute gift tag! I made these “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” printable gift tags last year, so feel free to hop over and download them for your Gingerbread Granola gifts…or for any of your other gift-giving needs this December. 😉

Gingerbread Granola with Cranberries, Pistachios, and White Chocolate Chips ~ warm spices and Christmas colors make this a perfect holiday breakfast or homemade food gift! | FiveHeartHome.comI hope y’all have a chance to try this recipe sometime soon, whether you bake it for your family, add it to a brunch spread while hosting guests, or whip it up as a thoughtful, much-appreciated, homemade food gift this holiday season. Enjoy, friends, and may your holidays be merry and bright!

Gingerbread Granola with Cranberries, Pistachios, and White Chocolate Chips ~ warm spices and Christmas colors make this a perfect holiday breakfast or homemade food gift! | FiveHeartHome.com

Gingerbread Granola {with Dried Cranberries, Pistachios, & White Chocolate Chips}

Gingerbread Granola {with Dried Cranberries, Pistachios, & White Chocolate Chips}

Sweet, lightly spiced Gingerbread Granola is studded with red dried cranberries, green pistachios, and white chocolate chips, making it a perfect holiday breakfast or homemade food gift!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raw slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup lightly salted roasted pistachios
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, almonds, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves. Pour coconut oil over mixture and stir. Combine maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla, pour over oat mixture, and stir all ingredients until evenly coated.
  3. Transfer granola onto a 13"x18"x1" rimmed sheet pan and spread into an even layer. Bake, stirring and flipping with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 30 minutes total. Watch carefully for the last 10 minutes of baking time, checking every few minutes and stirring as necessary to prevent over-browning.
  4. Remove granola from the oven and stir frequently as it cools, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. Once completely cool, mix in pistachios, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Measure the maple syrup/molasses into the same measuring cup you used for the coconut oil. The residue of the oil helps the syrup slide out of the cup without sticking. If you prefer, melted butter may be substituted for the coconut oil. The granola will probably need to bake for a total of about 30 minutes, but ovens vary so watch the granola carefully, particularly the first time you make it and particularly for the last 10 minutes of baking time. If you cut the recipe in half, it will require less time, and if you double it and cook two sheet pans at once (switching racks and rotating pans each time you stir), it will take longer. Since this granola tends to stick to the pan if not stirred very frequently during the cooling process, I've found that using a Silpat or some parchment paper on the bottom of your sheet pan alleviates this problem (you just have to stir carefully to make sure the granola doesn't wind up stuck under the parchment paper).

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I was excited to originally share this recipe as part of this year’s Bake Craft Sew: A Handmade Holiday series! Leigh Anne of Your Homebased Mom (where you’ll find the BAKE ideas), Mique of Thirty Handmade Days (where you’ll find the CRAFT ideas), and Cindy of Skip to My Lou (where you’ll find the SEW ideas) are the hostesses of this fun holiday series, where over 100 amazing ideas, recipes, and tutorials will be shared leading up to December. Bake Craft Sew was started five years ago to encourage readers to create and enjoy a handmade holiday, and I was thrilled to be a part of it this year!

BAKE CRAFT SEW: A Handmade Holiday series with over 100 amazing tutorials! | FiveHeartHome.com

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Candy Cane Kiss Brownie Bites ~ perfect for your holiday cookie platter! | {Five Heart Home for Love Grows Wild}

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