This winter spiced granola has all the flavors of the holiday season. It packed with warming spices, dried fruit, and a hint of citrus. Plus, it’s homemade, healthy, and only takes about half an hour to make. Whether you’re looking for breakfast or something to snack on, this homemade granola recipe is delicious and super easy to make!
Winter Spiced Granola
This winter spiced granola is inspired by one of my favorite holiday candles. From orange zest to winter spices, this homemade granola recipe takes all those nice scents and makes them into something tasty (and edible!). And you want to know what makes this granola so good? It’s naturally sweetened, made with whole ingredients, and packed full of flavor. Once you’ve made homemade granola, you’ll never want store bought again! Especially since it’s super easy and quick to make.
The walnuts, pecans, and pepitas add an extra bit of crunch, while the dried cranberries add a bit of sweetness. And we can’t forget about the coconut flakes. They’re lightly toasted which gives them an extra kick of flavor. Not to mention, coconut is a staple in some holiday recipes. So bake yourself a batch of this homemade granola, and enjoy it any way you want! It also makes a nice homemade gift!
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: Whole oats are best for granola, so be sure to skip the quick oats.
- Nuts: For this recipe, we use a mixture of walnuts and pecans, but almonds would be a great choice too.
- Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds): These add a bit of color and they’re perfect for winter recipes.
- Orange Zest: ½ tsp of orange zest adds a subtle pop of flavor.
- Spices: Cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom make the perfect winter spice combination.
- Salt: Just a bit of salt is needed to bring out the other flavors.
- Coconut Oil: This helps to bind everything together.
- Vanilla Extract: You’ll need 1 tsp.
- Maple Syrup: We like to use maple syrup for the sweetener, but feel free to add honey if you want.
- Coconut Flakes: Be sure to get unsweetened coconut flakes and not shredded coconut.
- Dried Cranberries: You’ll need ½ cup or 60 g. You’re also free to add any other fruit that you like. We recommend golden raisins as a replacement or an add-in to your homemade granola.
Place it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.
– Large baking sheet
– Microplane (for zesting)
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A Few Tips
- If you like your granola on the chunkier side, let it sit longer than the recipe says after it’s baked. You also want to avoid stirring it as this separates the pieces.
- For gluten free granola, use gluten free oats.
- If you like lots of fruit in your granola, add some golden raisins to the mix. Not only do they add more flavor, they pair perfectly with the other winter flavors as well.
How to Enjoy Winter Spiced Granola
- Enjoy it with a splash of milk and eat it as a breakfast cereal.
- Use it as a topping on Greek yogurt for a healthy breakfast or snack.
- Add it to your favorite winter salad for a bit of sweetness and crunch!
This homemade granola is filled with winter flavors like cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, and dried cranberries. It also has other delicious ingredients like orange zest, coconut flakes, and nuts. It’s perfect as a healthy breakfast or snack.
- 2 cups (230 g) old-fashioned rolled oats
- ⅓ cup (40 g) walnuts
- ⅓ cup (40 g) roughly chopped pecans
- ⅓ cup (50 g) pepitas
- ½ tsp orange zest
- 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground cardamon
- ½ tsp fine sea salt
- ¼ cup (60 ml) coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) pure maple syrup
- ½ cup (25 g) unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup (60 g) dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, pepitas, orange zest, spices, and salt. Toss until everything is evenly mixed.
- Pour in the coconut oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Toss until everything is coated and thoroughly mixed.
- Place onto the prepared baking sheet, evenly spreading it out. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and toss in the coconut flakes. Bake for another 5-8 minutes or until the the oats and coconut flakes are lightly golden.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and cool for about 10 minutes before stirring in the dried cranberries. Enjoy!
For chunkier granola, let it sit longer before breaking it up and storing it. Do this after you’ve tossed in the dried cranberries.
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