Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains

Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains - this healthy, gluten-free granola is so easy to make at home, you won't want to buy store bought granola again! | healthynibblesandbits.com

This is happens when I need to clear out my pantry of nuts, oats, and grains in a hurry: granola. So many batches of granola. Make it, taste it, then give it all away. Everyone at work loves me right now.

If there is a lesson in all of this, it’s that baking sweets is the sure-fire way to anyone’s heart. 100% guaranteed.

Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains - this healthy, gluten-free granola is so easy to make at home, you won't want to buy store bought granola again! | healthynibblesandbits.com

You might not know this about me, but I am a granola addict. When I was in law school, I bought Nature’s Valley Pumpkin Spice granola in bulk to make studying a teensy bit more bearable. Here’s my big secret though: I’m that person who goes digging around the bin for the huge clusters, what I like to call nuggets of gold. I feel sorry for the person who was buying the bulk granola after me (but not really).

Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains - this healthy, gluten-free granola is so easy to make at home, you won't want to buy store bought granola again! | healthynibblesandbits.com

Who knows why it took me so long, but it wasn’t until 2 years ago that I started to make my own granola. Quite frankly, there’s no turning back. In case you need some convincing about making your granola at home, here’s some reasons why homemade > store bought:

  • It’s less sweet. YOU control the amount of sugar that goes into your granola.
  • I’m a “bring on the nuts” kind of girl, and I’m always so sad when boxed granola doesn’t have as much nuts as I want. Look at this granola. Those nuts and seeds! It’s perfect.
  • Just like chop suey, you can throw everything you want into the granola: oats, nuts, grains, dried fruit, chocolate . . . the possibilities are out there!

This time, I made a ginger spiced granola that was inspired by what I ate during the Almond Board of California’s Almond Orchard Experience in Lodi 2 weeks ago. (More details about my trip on Friday!) That granola had this gingery spicy thing that caught me by surprise, and I couldn’t stop eating it. Don’t worry, I left some granola clusters for everyone else at the conference.

To replicate that gingery zing, I added finely chopped crystallized ginger to this granola. With every few bites of this granola, you’ll get a nice subtle gingery flavor. It’s absolutely wonderful.

Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains - this healthy, gluten-free granola is so easy to make at home, you won't want to buy store bought granola again! | healthynibblesandbits.com

MASTER LISA’S MISTAKES (AKA COOKING NOTES)

  • The best granola is baked on low heat: I used to be super impatient about baking, so I baked granola on higher heat (around 375 degrees F) to cut down on cooking time. The problem with that baking method is that higher fat ingredients, like nuts and coconut, tend to burn quicker in higher heat. I can’t tell you how many times I scooped out charred nuts in my granola. Baking granola at lower temperatures (about 275 degrees F) ensures that the granola won’t burn during the baking process. This method takes up more time, but it’s well worth it!
  • CLUSTERS: I. LOVE. GRANOLA. CLUSTERS. I’m sure you do, too. The trick to making granola clusters at home is to make sure that you DO NOT stir the granola while it’s baking. I know, it also goes against my baking instinct, but trust me on this one. You want to wait until the granola is out of the oven and has cooled off before breaking it up. The rest is just clustery bliss.

Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains - this healthy, gluten-free granola is so easy to make at home, you won't want to buy store bought granola again! | healthynibblesandbits.com

If you make this recipe, be sure to share your creation with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use #hnbeats! I get super excited when you share your photos with me!

Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains

This ginger spiced granola is super easy to make and way better than store bought. The prep is done all in one bowl! Makes about 3 1/2 cups. Recipe lightly adapted from The Pretty Bee .

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Ingredients

  • Use about 3 1/2 cups of your favorite blend of oats, nuts, and grains. Here's what I used:
  • 1 1/2 cup (120g) rolled oats (use gf oats if gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup (30g) sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup (50g) pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup (20g) pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup (20g) unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 TBS millet
  • 3 TBS buckwheat groats
  • 1 1/2 to 2 TBS finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup (45g) vegan buttery spread, melted (coconut oil works also)
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, coconut, millet, buckwheat groats, crystallized ginger, cinnamon, and ground ginger together.
  3. Add the melted vegan buttery spread and maple syrup to the bowl and stir until well incorporated.
  4. Spread the granola on the baking sheet into a thin later. If you want clusters, make sure that the granola is somewhat stuck together. You don't want big gaping holes in that layer of granola.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Rotate the pan. If you want clusters, DO NOT stir the granola. Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown.
  6. Let the granola cool for 30 minutes before breaking it up.
  7. Store in room temperature in an airtight container.
Recipe Type: gluten-free, vegan, breakfast

Notes

Recipe lightly adapted from the Buttery Coconut Granola on The Pretty Bee.

http://healthynibblesandbits.com/easy-ginger-spiced-granola-with-ancient-grains/

Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains - this healthy, gluten-free granola is so easy to make at home, you won't want to buy store bought granola again! | healthynibblesandbits.com

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55 thoughts on “Easy Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, Kelly!! On an unrelated note, I’m trying to shoot photos in my new place, and oh boy, I’m struggling BIG time! I feel like I need to go back to square one again!

      Reply
  1. Sydney | Modern Granola

    Yay, granola! This looks so incredibly delicious. I love that you added ginger to the mix- how could this not be amazing?! I love your extra tips and tidbits, too! Can’t wait to dig into this cluster-filled granola. Yum!
    xx Sydney

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  2. Julia

    My GOSH this granola looks so good! I love the variety of healthful ingredients and my eyes perked up when I saw you added ginger. So warm and inviting!

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  3. Kelly

    I have the biggest weakness for granola too! I can seriously snack on it ALL day long! The big clusters are the best! Yours looks so deliciously addictive and I love all the ginger in here!

    Reply
  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Lisa, I LOVE making my own granola. . and like you, I didn’t start until a few years ago! I’m also all about the CLUSTERS! I like the big clusters stuck together! my fave! love love love this ginger spiced granola!

    Reply
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  7. Penelope

    Dear Lisa,
    I have just embarked on a Great Granola quest, and this looks most appealing. I would love to try your recipe, but ( silly me). I don’t seem to be able to find the actual recipe — or even a hyperlink to it — in your blog post. I’ve scrolled through. — slowly — half a dozen times without success. Would you please either send me the recipe, or point out its location in your blog post?

    Thank you, Lisa!

    Penelope

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Hi Penelope! I’m so sorry that it took me so long to get back to you. This is strange because you’re the second person who has mentioned having problems viewing my recipe. The recipe card should be located right above the comments. In any event, here is the link to a printable version of the recipe: http://159.203.224.87/easyrecipe-print/5812-0/. Let me know if you have problems accessing that!

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      1. Penelope

        Thanks, Lisa! Got it! And the recipe looks more than worth waiting for. I had left the window with this post open and, curiously, when I just went back to it to look for your reply, there was the recipe, just where you say it should be, right above the comments! I swear it wasn’t there before — and it’s not so short that one could easily miss it. Is a puzzlement. In any case, thank you for your response, Lisa! I look forward to trying the recipe. Penelope

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        1. Lisa Lin Post author

          Thank you so much, Penelope. By chance, do you remember if you were looking for the recipe on your desktop or mobile phone the first time (the time that you didn’t see it)? I want to try to get to the root of the problem. Thanks!

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          1. Penelope

            Sorry for this tardy reply, Lisa, I missed your query until just now. In both cases, I was using an iPad. Again, thanks for the great recipe! Penelope

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