Since devouring my chocolate banana gingerbread in record time, I’ve been craving some more ginger goodness in my life. ‘Tis the season!

It’s a funny thing, especially since I’ve bemoaned my non-love for gingerbread. But everything gets better with chocolate. You don’t have to twist my arm.

I had a bit of candied ginger left over from a recent Trader Joe’s trip, and at the last moment threw it into the bowl. I loved the kick and chew it gave to the crunchy granola.

Not like I needed another reason to love granola. I swear, this snack chases me. I hear it calling my name from inside my pantry. It whispers to me in grocery store aisles. Eat me.
Before I know it, I have a big bowl… okay, who am I kidding? I’m not classy enough to use a bowl. I have a big bag of granola in front of me and I’m going to town. Crunch after crunch after crunch, it just tastes better and better. Perfect for mindless snacking.

And this granola is no exception.

You can even make a granola gingerbread man.

Just don’t remove it’s outer shell. Oops. Won’t be hanging this guy on the tree.


Chocolate Gingerbread Granola

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup molasses

1/3 cup candied ginger chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large bowl, combine oats, flax, wheat germ, coconut, ginger, chocolate and sea salt. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, and combine. Pour spices into bowl of oats and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix honey, molasses and vanilla.  Add honey mixture to oat mixture and stir until moistened. If you need more moisture, add honey 1 teaspoon at a time.

Lay on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping every 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and toasty. Watch closely so granola doesn’t burn. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

I have a granola addiction. Send help. And bigger pants.

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93 Responses to “Chocolate Gingerbread Granola.”

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    Kathy — December 10, 2010 @ 2:06 am

    How do you stay so skinny!?!?

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    Amanda — December 10, 2010 @ 2:19 am

    Genius!! And gorgeous. You are brilliant my dear!

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    Salah@myhealthiestlife — December 10, 2010 @ 2:23 am

    I adore homemade granola….this looks amazing

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    Blue Penguin — December 10, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    Oh wow – that looks so incredibly irresistible!My favourite baked thing combined with my favourite breakfast. And chocolate!
    Much as I love my favourite muesli from Moose (http://moose.com.au/), this is going to be getting a go very, very soon…

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    Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish — December 10, 2010 @ 3:25 am

    Oh how yummy!

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    Culinary Cory — December 10, 2010 @ 4:31 am

    Your picture with the cookie cutter is CRAZY cute!

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    Lourdes — December 10, 2010 @ 5:37 am

    this looks so yummy! i can’t wait to try it out!

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    Mary — December 10, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    Mmm, this sounds amazing, and I’m definitely in a granola rut. This sounds like a great way to spice it up!

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    sophia — December 10, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Tis the season to get bigger pants, falalalala.

    Tis the season to gorge on all things ginger, falalalalala.

    Tis the season to share your amazing granola, falalalalala.

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    Blond Duck — December 10, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    I’ll go out and buy us both some bigger pants now!

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    Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul — December 10, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    I love anything Gingerbread, I’m itching to try this recipe. Perhaps I’ll make it to give as tasty Christmas gifts : )

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    Lori — December 10, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

    This looks incredible! And what a great idea! Yum.

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    Ingrid — December 11, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    Love your idea. The kiddos will love making this!

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    megan — December 11, 2010 @ 2:37 am

    I’m into the granola thing too and this looks perfect. I gotta get some more crystallized ginger! Gotta try!

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    Cindi — December 11, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

    I LOVE your chocolate banana gingerbread recipe! When I saw this recipe I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I made it. Now that I’ve made it, I can’t stop eating it! :) Absolutely delicious!

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

      So glad you liked it!

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    yasmine (mypurplegrape) — December 12, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    oh yum!!! I will make these!!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 14, 2010 @ 2:02 am

    Normally when I think chocolate and gingerbread, it’s not anything healthy. This granola looks fabulous… And healthier than what I would have done. :) Love it!

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    Samantha Ullrich — December 15, 2010 @ 1:13 am

    You’ve managed to combine the best ingredients of the holiday season and I seriously cannot wait to make this! I’m such a sucker for granola and an even bigger sucker for chocolate… gonna need bigger pants is right! haha

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:48 am

      I hope you love it!

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    Hannah — January 4, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    Absolutely delicious!! I had this bookmarked to make for awhile and finally did it this afternoon… just amazing!! Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

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    • Jessica — January 4th, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

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