This Gingerbread Granola is deliciously festive and so easy to make that you’ll love to bake it in batches to enjoy – and to gift.
This oil-free granola recipe is now included in Dreena’s Kind Kitchen, since readers have loved it for many years since posting it.
As I mentioned, this granola is very easy to make. You can mix a batch in under ten minutes. However, you will want to prep far more than a batch!
Be prepared to at least double-batch it, even triple-batch. Because it’s irresistibly good to nibble on, and you’ll want to have plenty on hand to nibble on, and also to gift in jars with ribbons. It keeps well in airtight containers in the pantry or fridge.
Now, this healthy granola is wonderful any time of year, but of course, being Gingerbread Granola, it’s so well-suited to the holiday season and is especially wonderful for gifting.
Oil-Free Granola FAQ
No, but it does need some whole foods fat. I have made it without adding whole foods fat with good results, but it’s really best with a small amount of nut butter (this is my favorite) or a seed butter.
This recipe does the trick! It’s a combination of nut butter and brown rice syrup. See this video for more info about using a thick sweetener to create clusters.
It can be. This granola is not sweetened as heavily as commercial granola varieties, and also uses whole food nut butter fats for texture. Storebought granolas typically have added oil and too much sweetener.
Not at all! I love straight-up snacking on this granola. Also try it as a topper for non-dairy yogurt (try this recipe), or as a topping for non-dairy ice cream.
For more, watch my full Tea Time video about this granola recipe:
Gingerbread Granola (vegan, oil-free, gluten-free)
- 3 cups rolled oats use certified gluten-free for that option
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans OR 1/4 cup hemp seeds see note
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 3/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3 tbsp cashew butter or almond butter
- 3 – 4 tbsp pure maple syrup adjust to desired sweetness
- 1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup or a thick coconut nectar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit optional, can omit, see note
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pecans or hemp seeds, spices and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, first combine the nut butter with the maple syrup and molasses, stirring to fully blend. Then, add the brown rice syrup, and vanilla to the maple/molasses mixture and stir through. Add wet mixture to dry mixture, and stir through until well combined. Transfer mixture to your lined baking sheet and spread out to evenly distribute. Bake for 25-27 minutes, stirring a couple of times throughout baking to ensure the mixture browns evenly. Remove from oven, stir in dried fruit if using, and bake for just another 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven again. At this point the granola may not look completely dry. Do not overbake it, as it will dry more as it cools. Let cool completely, and then break up into clusters. Once cool, store in an airtight container. Eat straight, or with non-dairy milk or to top fresh fruit or non-dairy yogurt.
photo credit: Angela MacNeil
This post was originally published in December 2014 and updated for December 2021.