Gingerbread Granola 1

Gingerbread Granola

Serves: 10

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Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week! I know today will start the beginning of a long holiday weekend for many of you! I hope it is a relaxing and joyous time with your family and friends! Today is also the 21st of the month, which marks the exciting day that we get to share our recipe redux challenge for the month!

For those of you who are new to Ingredients Of A Fit Chick and aren’t familiar with Recipe Redux, it is the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians. The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. It was founded by 3 amazing dietitians with a belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. And let me tell you, I totally agree! The amazing bloggers who participate in this have come up with so many delicious, yet healthy recipes! If you haven’t been to the Recipe ReDux site yet, definitely pop over and check it out! Plus you can check out the other recipes from this month below!

This months challenge was to make a recipe using our favorite kitchen tool to help inspire some last minute Christmas gifts for your loved ones! At first, I didn’t even know what to pick since there are so many things I use! After sitting down and really thinking about it, I thought my baking sheet is probably one of my most favorite (and frequently used)! I use it for everything, cookies, scones, roasting veggies, baking fish, chicken and even making granola!! The baking sheet is such a versatile tool that it makes a great present!

A perfect Christmas gift would be a jar filled with all the ingredients to this recipe, the recipe attached and a baking sheet to make it on! Then they can store their homemade granola in the lovely jar the ingredients came in! Just a thought……. 🙂

I hope you enjoy!

Gingerbread Granola 2

Fit Ingredients

  • 2c (160g) Oats
  • 1/3c + 1 tbs (39g) Mila (or flax)
  • 1/2c + 2 tbs (75g) chopped walnuts (I ran out so this is the amount I used. I would recommend increasing to 1c)
  • 1/2c (80g) raisins (no sugar added)
  • 1/4c (15g) reduced fat, shredded coconut
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2c (113g) applesauce
  • 1/2c sugar free maple syrup (or pure maple syrup/molasses)
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract

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  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper

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Directions

1. Pre heat your oven to 3250 degrees.

2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper

3. In a bowl combine your applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cinnamon.

4. Mix well.

5. Mix your remaining ingredients into your applesauce and spices.

6. Ensure it is coated well.

7. Evenly spread your granola onto your baking pan.

8. Bake for 25 minutes.

9. Remove the pan from the oven and toss the granola.

10. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes.

11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. (it may seem a bit soft, but it will dry as it cools)

12. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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This holiday flavored snack is the perfect pack and go snack! I portioned mine out into ziplock bags so I could just grab some (along with a greek yogurt) and take it with me! It was loaded with flavor; sweetness from the raisins and syrup, plus crunch from the nuts and toasted oats! Plus, it isn’t loaded with sugar and fat like store bought granola!

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Nutrition (per 1 out of 10 servings) (1 serving is about 45g)

Calories: 184.6, Protein: 4.6g, Carbs: 24.7g, Fat: 8.5g (2g Saturated), Sodium: 46mg, Fiber: 5g (Net Carbs: 19.7g)

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This recipe was inspired by a wonderful woman named Marney who introduced me to the world of Mila over the summer. If you are interested in contacting her about Mila, please click here!

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21 Comments
  • Definitely hanging onto this recipe, looks delicious!
    December 21, 2012
  • How tasty! Dang i gotta remember to make this PRONTO!
    December 21, 2012
  • Mmm, I love everything gingerbread! And everything granola. I can put a good dent in the stuff. And yes, baking sheets are so underrated, but mine gets used for everything!
    December 21, 2012
      • Oh man, and here I was just thinking about how I'd ever make cookies without one--and I forgot squash, even more important!
        December 22, 2012
  • I love the idea behind this, so neat! And your recipe sounds delic, perfect for the holidays :)
    December 21, 2012
  • this sounds wonderful!!
    December 21, 2012
  • Looks yummy! I would definitely use full fat coconut and real maple syrup or coconut palm nectar. Why get rid of what' s so natural??
    December 21, 2012
  • a good baking sheet always comes handy and this post just inspired me to make last minute granola in a jar as a gift. Nothing beats edible gifts right! Happy Holidays to you too :)
    December 21, 2012
  • OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I would be afraid I would eat the whole batch BUT I will be trying this in the future for sure! At first I thought it said 3250 degress! ;) Great one Sarah!!! If I gain weight after I make this, I am blaming you! ;)
    December 21, 2012
  • OOPS - sorry about the spelling error - degrees!
    December 21, 2012
  • Great recipe! Glad to see your still a live!! I've been worried about you missy. Ha Ha =) Enjoy your holiday weekend.
    December 22, 2012

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