Friday, December 20, 2013

Grain-Free Gingerbread Granola

Although I'm completely obsessed with eating eggs for breakfast, sometimes I'm too lazy to clean a pan. The second choice is always yogurt. I'm from the upper peninsula of Michigan, where the wild blueberries are everywhere, so I usually have 30+ pounds in my freezer to get through the winter. So divine when you stir a handful into some yogurt. A little extra crunch from homemade granola also helps.

I'll admit that this granola has more exotic ingredients than my other granola recipe. You can always omit a few ingredients here and there depending on what you have on hand. Granola is very flexible and it shouldn't affect your end result too drastically.

I haven't eaten cold cereal in years, but just this afternoon I was craving it, so I poured this granola in a bowl, sliced up a banana, and poured some milk over it. Fantastic afternoon snack...

Grain-Free Gingerbread Granola
Yield: about 3-4 cups

1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
1 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped
1 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 cup raw hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup raw pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup raw pepitas
1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 250 F. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine almonds, cahsews, quinoa flakes, hazelnuts, pecans, pepitas, and hemp seeds.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg whites, maple syrup, cinnamon, molasses, cloves, and ginger.

Transfer the egg white mixture to the larger bowl and stir to coat evenly.

Spread on the lined pan in an even layer and bake for 50 minutes-1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes or so.

Allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours and thanks for supporting A Finn In The Kitchen!


  1. That sounds like a fantastic and filling breakfast! So festive!

    1. It's a miracle I still have some! Looks like it got buried under the grassfed beef we found for a ridiculous steal! Now I just have to get some yogurt...

  2. What a gorgeous post Loretta. I am a bit of a granola addict, love the fact that you made this both gluten and grain free (I have a friend who is gluten intolerant, I'll share the link with her as I'm sure she'd adore your recipe). Thanks for sharing the blogging year with me too, I look forward to swapping many more recipes and stories in 2014. Love the family photo... Merry Christmas! xx

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to see what this new year brings for you as well! Merry belated Christmas and New Year!

  3. Love that your granola recipe is grainfree and it comes along just in time when I try to eat healthy in the post Christmas time. :)
    Happy new year my dear!

    1. Haha! I made some health-related resolutions this year, so it works out good for me too! Hope you're having a great year so far!

  4. how did you know I was looking for a good granola recipe to try?! I don't have half of the ingredients but y'know that has never stopped me! LOL

    1. Hmmm...You must have got that from your mother :)


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