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Christmas Granola

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This spiced Christmas Granola recipe is an easy, healthy, homemade and festive treat packed with wholesome grains, nuts, and fruit, that tastes like Christmas in every bite. This winter granola recipe is also great for packaging up for Christmas food gifts!

Bowl of Christmas Granola with jarred homemade granola for food gifts

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Who doesn’t love homemade food gifts at Christmas?

Simple to make, this Christmas Granola bakes in about 20 minutes and is ready for gift packaging shortly after.

There are so many ways to enjoy this delicious winter granola recipe. I like it as a healthy snack on the go, served with milk as a delicious Christmas breakfast, as a crunchy, festive topping for a bowl of yogurt, or even sprinkled over baked apples or ice cream.

The possibilities are rather endless.

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“Thank you for sharing this granola recipe. My family loves it! It’s so good on top of yogurt. Every time I make it, I always gift part of it. Currently making my 4th batch! 😋”

🗨️ SYLVIA B.

Bowl of Christmas Granola with mason jars ready to gift

How to pack Christmas Granola for gift giving

Homemade food gifts are so appreciated and rather easy to make!

This Christmas Granola is no exception. Much like our 5 Minute Christmas Crack, or Spiced Nuts, this granola is easy to pack into mason jars and tied with festive ribbons.

It can also be packaged into cellophane bags or treat bags. It is also tied with a Christmas ribbon.

Jars of Christmas Granola with red and white ribbon

Ingredients

Like our Healthy Granola Recipe, this Christmas granola is easy to adjust ingredients to your taste preferences. Here are the ingredients I added to mine:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats: You can also use certified gluten-free oats when needed!
  • Nuts and/or seeds provide a delicious texture to this granola. I’ve used almonds, pecans, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds in this batch, but use your favorites!
  • Dried fruit: Any combination of winter dried fruit is delicious in this recipe. I’ve used dried cranberries and dates, but raisins, currants, dried apricots, etc are delicious choices too!
  • Spices and Seasoning: Salt, ground cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
  • Melted butter and cooking oil give the perfect texture to this granola as it bakes.
  • Sweet flavors: Brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla bring the holiday flavors we love.
Baked Christmas Granola on a sheet pan
The granola is so tasty you must watch out for roaming family members (my husband) who can hardly resist handfuls.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment; set aside.

Step 1: Add Dry Ingredients to a Large Bowl

Add oats, nuts, and dried fruit to a large bowl; set aside.

Unbaked Christmas Granola on a Sheet Pan

Step 2: Combine Flavoring

Warm the oil, maple syrup, molasses, melted butter, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium-low heat over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar until dissolved. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet.

Christmas Granola cooling on the counter

Step 3: Bake

Bake for 18 to 23 minutes, stirring halfway through. It browns quickly so watch it toward the end.

Once browned, remove from the oven and let cool completely on the pan.

Closeup view of a bowl of Christmas Granola

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this granola gluten free?

Yes if you use certified gluten-free oats.

Can I make this granola nut free?

Yes! I love how customisable this Christmas granola recipe is, simply use seeds instead. Pepitas or sunflower seeds would make good substitutes for the nuts.

How long does this granola last?

If stored correctly, the Christmas Granola should last a couple of weeks at least.

How should I serve this Christmas granola?

It’s perfect as a snack, but delicious with milk, as a topping for yogurt or ice cream or on fruit. The serving size is about 1/2 cup and makes about 16 servings or 8 to 10 pint-size mason jars.

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Bowl of Christmas Granola with jarred homemade granola for food gifts

Easy Christmas Granola

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Christmas Granola is an easy, healthy homemade treat packed with wholesome grains, nuts, and fruit, that tastes like Christmas in every bite. Perfect for Christmas food gifts!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1½ cup nuts and/or seeds (I used almonds, pecans and walnuts)
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries and dates)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil (use your preferred oil)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment; set aside.
  2. Add oats, nuts, and dried fruit to a large bowl; set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the oil, maple syrup, molasses, melted butter, spices, and vanilla extract. Whisk in the brown sugar until dissolved. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 18 to 23 minutes, stirring halfway through. It browns quickly so watch it toward the end.
  6. Once browned, remove from the oven and let cool completely on the pan.

    Notes

    GLUTEN FREE: Use certified gluten-free oats.

    NUT FREE: Use seeds, like pepitas or sunflower seeds, instead of nuts.

    How Long Will It Keep? If stored correctly, the Christmas Granola should last a couple of weeks at least.

    Serving Ideas: Perfect as a snack, but delicious with milk, as a topping for yogurt or ice cream or on fruit. The serving size is about 1/2 cup and makes about 16 servings or 8 to 10 pint-size mason jars.

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 16 servings Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 5g

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    11 Comments

      1. I enjoy salted nuts for flavor— but when I’m making them for others, I use unsalted nuts and seeds and then taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

    1. The granola recipe looks delicious. Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to making some for gifts and for my family. Thanks again.

    2. Thank you for sharing this granola recipe.. My family loves it! It’s so good on top of yogurt..
      Every time I make it, I always gift part of it. Currently making my 4th batch! 😋

      1. Hi Sylvia! This makes me so happy because I too LOVE this granola, all throughout the year. I’m currently out and you’ve inspired me to refresh my pantry for quick snacks and breakfast. Thank you for letting me know how you liked it!

    3. I was a bit worried at how it was coming together in the oven. Took longer to bake, but I think my oven needs recalibrating. Nonetheless, this granola is absolutely amazing!
      Gifted some from Christmas. About to make more. Love it in my yogurt or simply by itself.

      1. I’m SO glad you loved this granola. It’s one of our favorites and I love to gift it as well. In fact, this weekend I’m making more too!

    4. This is a great recipe. My husband can’t leave it alone. It also makes such a pretty homemade gift from your kitchen. Thank you for the recipe.

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