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The holidays are here! The wreathes may be hung, the tree may be decorated, and the presents wrapped tightly in a bow, but the menu??? Eek. Something always slips to the wayside, doesn’t it?

Thankfully despite the busy days ahead, I have a recipe that will not only make your home smell deliciously inviting, but it can be made ahead, stored festively, and provide a dash of health to your family during a not so healthy holiday season.

Let me introduce you to this recipe for Gingerbread Granola. Reminiscent of Gingerbread Cookies, this hearty cereal is a fun way to start (or end) your day! In our home, our toddler loves being able to nibble on “crunchies” (while handpicking out the plump raisins to enjoy separately), while the rest of us prefer to serve it over a dollop of Greek yogurt (vanilla for my husband, plain for myself – love the sweet-tart combo!).

Gingerbread Granola
This decadent granola will not only give your home a sweet holiday aroma – one that will surely help to lure late sleepers out of their cozy beds – it will also provide a nutritious meal to jump start your holiday with the energy you need.
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  1. 2 1/2 cups oats
  2. 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  3. 1/4 cup almonds, sliced
  4. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  5. 1/2 cup flax seed, ground
  6. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/8 cup molasses
  8. 3 TBSP olive or canola oil
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1/4 tsp salt
  11. 1 tsp cinnamon
  12. 1 tsp ground ginger
  13. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  14. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  15. 1 cup raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add oats and nuts.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
  4. Top the oats and nuts with the sugar mixture. Stir until the oats are coated.
  5. Place onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Bake 20 minutes before tossing to allow for even baking.
  7. Bake for another 15 minutes (until oats are beginning to crisp and turn golden brown).
  8. Serve with milk, kefir, Greek yogurt or crunch along as a stand-alone snack!
  9. Granola Mason Jars
  10. I like to store ours in Mason Jars to keep the granola crisp (and to make it easy to find for my boys!).
Nutrition facts
  1. 240 calories, 11 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 45 milligrams sodium, 31 grams carbohydrate, 5 grams fiber, 16 grams sugar (10 grams naturally from the raisins), 5 grams protein, 0% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 4% calcium, 6% iron