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gingerbread granola

vegan gingerbread granola

It’s beginning to look smell a lot like Christmas. Even though it hasn’t snowed and we haven’t picked up a tree yet, I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit. I whipped up a batch of this granola the other day while watching The Muppet Christmas Carol, and it began to feel a little bit more like the holidays (even if it’s not a winter wonderland outside). If you’re into homemade gifts, this would make a pretty good stocking stuffer 🙂 You can pull together a batch of this granola in five minutes, then get cozy on the couch and start marathoning Christmas movies as the smell of gingerbread fills your house.

vegan gluten free gingerbread granola

gingerbread granola (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free)

makes about 4 1/2 cups

1/4 cup neutral oil (I used grapeseed)
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
pinch cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
3 cups oats (gluten free if needed)
1/2 cup dates, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking tray with parchment or a silicone mat. Mix together the oil, maple syrup, vanilla and molasses in a large bowl. Add the spices and stir until combined. Add the nuts and oats and stir until everything is evenly coated. Spread out evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, turning the tray about halfway through. Don’t stir the mixture during this time! You will be rewarded with clusters of granola 🙂 Remove the sheet from the oven after 25 minutes, and leave it alone for 10 minutes. Add the chopped dates and gently break up the mixture a little bit, then leave to cool. Store in a sealed jar.

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