Chocolate Gingerbread Granola.
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.
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93 Comments on “Chocolate Gingerbread Granola.”
Sweet goodness gracious! What an amazing idea!
Great idea! I would have never thought of combining gingerbread and chocolate, but why not?! Chocolate makes anything taste good! ;-)
I made pumpkin granola around Thanksgiving and I think it’s time for me to make another batch using this recipe! I don’t have cloves though, is there another substitution I could use?
I think you could just leave it out – or maybe add a little more nutmeg?
i love how you keep inventing ways to incorporate chocolate into breakfast!
You’re a genius – because this looks AWESOME.
Pure brilliance- this would be awesome in oatmeal form too.
Mmmmm, yes it would.
Anything and everything can be remedied with chocolate or bacon. Fact.
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This is so creative! Love the addition of candied ginger :)
Looooove candied ginger…ooh and chocolate…this stuff looks completely addictive.
This recipe sounds so amazing! I love when you create unexpected flavor combinations!!
Chocolate and gingerbread sound like they don’t taste good together. And then you try something with both flavors, and you can’t put down the fork/spoon. Or you do, and you stop using the fork/spoon and just use your hands.
I would eat this granola with my hands. Reasonable.
I love the idea of using cookie cutters to shape granola!! Cute!!
so cute! i love the gingerbread man granola idea :)
I love granola and I love gingerbread. I never thought to combine them. Thanks for the idea!
Oh me too. All this food this time of year. I’ve already gained 5 pounds.
Let’s add more molasses and honey and make gingerbread men-bars.
Granola is sooooo good and homemade is the absolute best!!!!!! Just remember, anything that is called granola is automatically healthier than “oats and seeds covered in chocolate and maple syrup”. I have a friend that says that if you don’t say what something is out loud, its not fattening! =D
I’ve become obsessed with granola lately too… Bear Naked Granola, Nature’s Path Ancient Grains Granola, THIS granola…. oh my. I may need some bigger pants too! :)
I love Bear Naked too.
Oh holy, yum! As soon as I saw your post title this morning, I was immediately hooked. I’m a ridiculously huge fan of each of these three things individually: chooclate, gingerbread, and granola. The idea of combining them into one tasty dish makes me very happy :) Looks great!
Granola is totally the devil. I can’t keep my hand out of the container. I like the idea of gingerbread granola. Sounds super tasty.
Yum! This looks awesome, and I bet it would be perfect over the most tangy greek yogurt!
Yummy granola! Mmmm.
ginger, molasses, cinnamon, all those flavors are my bff’s. i do love chocolate but truly a perfect oatmeal raisin molasses snickerdoodle-ish type cookie…nothing beats it. well maybe those flavors in granola beat it! :)
you’re my new best friend.
can we sit on your couch and eat granola and oreo balls every day, please?
I loved your banana gingerbread – so I’m trusting you with all things gingerbread from now on. This looks delicious!
Love the little gingerbread man cookie cutter with the granola. So cute. And I don’t think I have ever had chocolate mixed with gingerbread flavor. It calls to me.
I love ginger in anything!
I have to make this. I love homemade granola!
Do you know any recipes including mini pretzels? I have a fond memory of the sweet salty combo from a holiday treat but can’t remember now. Maybe what I’m thinking of is just chocolate dipped pretzels!? Or maybe Hershey’s kisses atop a pretzel…
I personally don’t, but I have seen people melt the Hershey Kiss or other piece of chocolate on a mini pretzel and top with an m&m?
YUM this stuff looks so good. I’ve never tried chocolate and ginger together but you have convinced me!
Oh you must try it!
I love granola too…it can be dangerous. I have given myself numerous tummy aches from granola overdoses.
Those are the best kind!
great idea for granola! love your little bear cookie cutter- too cute!
This looks amazing, writing down the ingredients now for a trip to the grocery store!
Yes, that looks very tasty! A great snack to take on the go too!
I am impressed with your granola-making skills. I still have a bunch of oats, raisins, and dried fruits sitting in the cabinet. It’s strange how certain baking projects intimidate me!
You can do it!
I can totally see the ginger giving a nice kick! Sad not gingerbread man ornament :( isn’t it crazy how they can last forever?
Seriously! My mom has some from when I was 5.
Granola is good. I will not rescue you from something good :)
I looove your photos today! So pretty!
Thank you! I need that today. :) You rock.
Yum! I want to put it on top of yogurt :)
Oh my goodness! This granola is so decadent and sounds absolutely amazing!
Looks so good! I love the honey and molasses in there…swooon! :)
3 of my favorite things in 1!
Yum! Looks super tasty!
you. would. =)
looks great jess!
Jessica, your photos keep getting better & better & so are all of your tempting treats! Gotta give this granola a whirl! xo
Thanks! You are the best. :)
I love all things gingerbread!…and granola! yummmmm!
I love that you put wheat germ in your granola. I love that stuff.
Looks wonderful, and dangerous.
Ah, this recipe was calling my name! Instead of chocolate chips, I added 1 T. cocoa powder and I added 1 more cup of oats because it was kinda sweet for me! It’s really good, the ginger + chocolate combo is divine! I just had a big bowl with milk, so tasty!
So glad you liked it! :)