03 Dec Paleo Gingerbread Granola (Vegan)
This crunchy Paleo and Vegan Gingerbread granola recipe is packed with holiday flavors making it perfect for the Christmas season. Sweetened with molasses and maple syrup, this healthy granola recipe is low sugar and perfect to enjoy all year ’round too. It’s nutritious, quick and easy to make, and kid-approved too!
Besides this healthy granola recipe, you may have already known that I have been loving all the Gingerbread recipes with Christmas right around the corner.
- Gingerbread Chocolate Truffles (Paleo, Vegan)
- Vegan Gingerbread Cake with Cashew Cream
- Chewy and Soft Gingerbread Cookies (Paleo)
And this Christmas flavor continues. I’m so excited to share this homemade healthy Gingerbread granola recipe with you! It is Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free, packed with superfoods, nutrients and yet so easy to make.
It would also be great to throw in a cute little mason jar with ribbon and a pretty label to give as a homemade gift for the holidays too. Who doesn’t love delicious homemade gifts? Sharing is caring!
Ways to Enjoy Healthy Gingerbread Granola
There are so many ways you can enjoy this Gingerbread Granola. Here are a few of my favorites. You won’t be able to keep your hands off of them.
1. Top off your yogurt chia pudding with granola
The crunchy granola compliments those soft, delectable little chia seeds like they were made for each other.
2. Add crunchy granola to smoothie bowls
Perfect way to get fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats all in one meal.
3. Toss it with salads
I know granola isn’t traditionally thought of as salad topper, but the crunch of the granola can serve as a great substitute to croutons and gives the salad some depth. Not to mention fruit, nuts, and seeds in a salad are delicious.
4. Mix it with some almond milk and enjoy it as a bowl of cereal.
The possibilities are endless.
Health Benefits of Healthy Granola
All the clean ingredients, crunchy texture, and gingerbread flavors make up the holiday granola recipe.
Unlike traditional granolas, this recipe uses nuts as the base of this healthy granola recipe provides a great source of healthy fats, along with fiber and protein too! The fat, fiber, and protein provided by the nuts slow digestion, which also helps keep blood sugar levels stable along with keeping you fuller longer.
Molasses and maple syrup are great options for adding sweetness to a recipe because it’s lower on the glycemic index than refined sugars, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable.
The perfect balance of carbs, fats, protein, and fiber in this paleo gingerbread granola recipe make it a great staple to always have on hand for breakfast or snacks.
How to Make Paleo Gingerbread Granola
This recipe is SO easy to make. Just mix all of your ingredients together in one bowl, spread on a sheet pan, bake and that’s it!
In this recipe I used:
- Maple syrup
- Flax seeds (or chia seeds optional)
- Coconut oil
Tip: if you are using whole almonds, cashews or pecans, pulse the nuts in a food processor or roughly chop them up first.
A few Alternatives For this Gingerbread Granola Recipe
1. Coconut Oil
If you’re not a fan of coconut flavor you can use fractionated coconut oil which doesn’t taste or smell like coconut. Fractionated coconut oil is derived from virgin coconut oil but the LCTs (long-chain triglycerides) are removed, which leaves it liquid at room temperature. Not to worry though, the MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) and antioxidants are still present to give you all of the health benefits you find in virgin coconut oil.
2. Gluten-Free Rolled Oats for Complex Carbs
If you are not on a strict paleo diet, try adding some gluten-free rolled oats to provide a great source of complex carbohydrates. It will make them a perfect pre or post-workout snack.
3. Add your other holiday favorites.
Throw some chocolate chips in there to make it a great snack option to satisfy your sweet tooth. Besides chocolate, you can also add dried cranberries that will add a perfect pop of festive color and hold up nicely to the sweet granola crunch.
How to Store Healthy Granola
The best way to store your granola (if you don’t end up eating it all!) is to put it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge.
I hope you and your family will enjoy this recipe as much as I did! What are your favorite ways to use granola? Leave a comment below!
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