Gingerbread Almond Granola

A sweet and salty granola which is perfect for breakfast or a snack- Gluten free and the festive gingerbread flavours, with crunchy, sweet and salty roasted almonds throughout. 


I think it’s safe to say, this will be the final gingerbread recipe of the year. Well, unless I can recreate the gingerbread oatmeal I experimented with last week but no promises.


I literally had molasses in my hair. 

Let’s just say the lid got stuck, I went slightly crazy trying to rip it open and zing. Molasses in my hair. 

Let’s end this now with saying you’ll need to wash your hair three times to get it out. You’ll also have that ‘molasses’ scent for a week. 


Let’s talk granola and travelling and travel snacks. Did you know granola makes an amazing travel snack? I don’t mean a 2 hour country drive, a 45 minute bus ride or a 6 hour mini road trip to the beach. (Says the guy who keeps a jar of granola at his desk. That is clearly a road trip. a 1 second road trip). 

Before I went on my American and Canadian whirlwind trip, I whipped up an entire batch of my Hazelnut Espresso Granola. I looked at my air ticket and did some calculations and came to the realisation that the entire journey would take just under 37 hours. (Please don’t let that deter you from coming to visit me here- I had to go some alternative route!). For such a long trip, snacking is imperative. I knew that airlines would serve meals (hello, extra haagan dazs ice cream!) but snacks are non negotiatable. 

The granola was divided into a large, lunch box sized container and a smaller, delicate container. The latter was intended to be given to Davida as soon as I arrived. 


Friends, when I landed in Hong Kong the container designated for me was already finished. 

The flight to Hong Kong was also the shorter of the two flights. 

You know how it ended. Before hailing a cab to Dav’s place- I threw out two empty containers. 

Safe to say, this granola recipe is just as good and may or may not have the same effect. It makes the perfect gift (I’ve already jarred up three for some work colleagues and my neighbour!). It has the flavours of gingerbread thanks to the molasses and spices. The sweet flavours are complimented by sweet and salty roasted almonds. 


Got a road trip coming up or a long flight? Make four batches. Trust me. 

Gingerbread Almond Granola
A sweet and salty granola which is perfect for breakfast or a snack- Gluten free and the festive gingerbread flavours, with crunchy, sweet and salty roasted almonds throughout.
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  1. 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup gluten free quick oats
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp nutmeg
  5. 1 tsp ginger
  6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  7. 2 T neutral tasting oil (I used canola)
  8. 3 T molasses
  9. 1/2 cup sugar free caramelised almonds*
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quick oats, spices and salt and mix well.
  3. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the oil and molasses and heat until mixture starts to bubble (approximately 1 minute). Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine until fully incorporated.
  4. Spread out the granola mixture evenly on the lined oven tray and bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on the oven) until the edges start to go slightly golden. Remove from the oven and stir through the sugar free caramelised almonds. Place back in the oven and continue to bake until golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, break up the granola and add extra almonds if desired and store in an airtight container.
  1. Constantly keep an eye on your oven temperature throughout.
  2. The use of rolled oats and quick oats provided a more loose granola. To have more cluster like granola, use strictly rolled oats.
  3. You can sub the almonds for any mix ins- Keep the proportions the same. The Sugar Free Caramelised Nuts recipe can be found under 'Recipes'.
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96 thoughts on “Gingerbread Almond Granola

  1. Finally! After teasing us for so many weeks 😉 This sounds really really good. I love the salty addition and can’t wait to make a batch which I promise to have only as a snack 😉 Maybe I can make it through a container on my next flight which will take approx. 1.45h 😉

  2. Yep, this sounds amazing! I am miss cereal too, so I could eat it a lllllll day long, for every meal. Love that it is so easy to make too! A runners dream breakfast…..okay, not every runner, but mine! Thanks for the recipe, you are knocking them out the park lately!

  3. Why you got Molasses in your hair? Is that a new thing? Like something the kids are doing today, like “Yo bro, I’m totally molassing my hair!”
    Just kidding…
    BTW that is some serious crunchy granola goodness my friend!

  4. Yes! This is a genius idea, Arman! I eat granola almost every morning…and I love gingerbread, so it should go without saying that gingerbread granola would be the best snack ever on top of Greek yogurt. Done!

  5. So, we’re on the same wavelength today, cuz I posted gingerbread roasted nuts. It was originally supposed to be this (with pecans too) but I had no oats…
    Pinning so other people can recognize your hands too

  6. Yummm I have a serious granola addiction. It never lasts long for me either!

    Other than granola, I also love homemade trail mix, homemade granola bars, and fruit for road trip snacks. I haven’t been on a road trip in a while though – I need to change that. I should just give up on this whole job searching thing and go pretend I’m Dean Moriarty for a while.

  7. This sounds awesome! I love homemade granola so much. I have a gingerbread granola I’m going to post next week, too! 🙂

  8. Good thing you have short hair… that would be a nightmare for me, but at least molasses smells pretty good. I love all your granola varieties- definitely makes for awesome gifts. I usually go the trail mix route for trips, but beef jerky is a good idea for next time!

  9. If it makes you feel any better, I found blue and white paint in my hair…two weeks after I painted my blue and white wall.

    I need to start baking with molasses. It sounds fabulous!

  10. Yeeeesssss. Confession: I’ve never made granola :O I have too many packages I need to use up in the pantry first! But um, YUM! And let’s be honest – I would love a guy that smelled like molasses 😀

  11. I DONT WANT THIS TO BE THE LAST GINGERBREAD RECIPE! You still promised you would try the chocolate and gingerbread train.. just saying 😉

    Also.. most of the world is blatantly aware of my addiction to nut butter, but they don’t know about my secret stash of granola. That’s my hidden hoarding problem, mostly because it goes unphotographed every night. every.single.night. and i’ve been dying to make a gingerbread edition because that sweetly spicy warmness is just crack in every way possible.

    Got gingerman holiday tea except it tastes like fiery red heads

    So i’m going to make up with that fail by making this and bringing it on both my plane rides and while i stationarily do nothing with my life =l

    1. I promise I will put gingerbread spices and molasses in my chocolate pancakes this week. Promise 🙂

      LOL- Guess what one of the search terms to my blog was- Gingerbread Quest Bar. Hello seasonal flavour for next year 😉

      1. ahhh CANNOT wait for your pancakes! and you have no idea how much i’ve been praying that the next Quest bar is pumpkin/gingerbread flavored. Smores was my first wish #granted and now i’m all about that seasonal edition. YOU READ MY MIND but like when do you not? LETS BE HONEST. also watched mean girls twice in a row last night and i’m not ashamed. i love danny devito’s work

  12. I love how simple this recipe is!
    Also, I was wondering if you would consider trying to replicate the Kind Bar Chocolate with sea salt if you’d ever had it – kind bars are so dang expensive.

      1. That would be so much FUN!! I#D kick your butt, haha! Seriously, I would be really cool to have a fit foodie neighbour… those are rare over here, lol.

  13. Oh lord…me and granola is really not the best combination. I eat and eat and eat [you get the point, right?] until it’s pretty much just crumbs left. And that’s just the damage I can do with my hands. We won’t even talk about how many different ways I [unnecessary] incorporate granola into my meals….

  14. Molasses scent is better than Greek dressing scent that’s all over your shirt and pants. I’ve also gotten a half-dead bee stuck in my hair before. That wasn’t cool.
    I’m a fan of popcorn and beef jerky on the road too! If I’m eating jerky, I better be traveling.

  15. I’m all about homemade granola and this flavor combination sounds awesome! Your espresso hazelnut granola also looks pretty darn tasty!

  16. This looks delicious! I bet your hair smelled delicious, too 😉 My grandma says to put honey in it as a moisturizing hair mask, sooooo same effect with the molasses?

    Oh and pinned 🙂

  17. I’m all about bringing travel snacks because I have a total fear of starving with nothing healthy & yummy available. I bring a lot of protein & granola bars, as well as nuts and dried fruit.

    I used to not like gingerbread but I think just about a year ago my tastebuds changed and I started to like it. So now I’m craving something gingerbread flavored – maybe some of this granola!

  18. I looooooove gingerbread EVERYTHING!! I would have never thought to make granola with the same flavours!

    I usually pack protein bars, fruit, nuts and raw veggies for snacks! Though I (more often than not) end up buying something a bit more “treat”-like once I get to the airport to add to my snack collection!

  19. I just made this – using honey in place of molasses – and it was so good! I also added popcorn and a chocolate drizzle on top. Definitely keeping this recipe.

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