Holiday Spice Granola


Holiday Spice Granola! Oats, almonds, cashews, cranberries, and dried apricots spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Great homemade gift or special holiday treat!

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

This granola surpasses any you can buy at the store. It also doesn’t take a lot of effort, so making a weekly batch has become routine in our house.

I sometimes keep the granola plain, and other times, I add maple syrup and nuts. This holiday season, I’ve been making it cinnamon, ginger, and cloves for a subtle spiced flavor.

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Give it as a gift or keep it all for yourself!

Holiday Spice Granola

This granola won’t hit you over the head with sweetness. You can start your morning off right or happily munch on it for a late night snack, all without fear of a sugar rush.

The spice flavor is also gentle – it’s just enough to give it some holiday cheer. I like this mild rendition, but feel free to increase the spices if you like.

Dried cranberries and apricots add the perfect tart counterpoint to the sweeter oats and give the granola a healthy boost. Last but not least, I add just a hint of salt, just enough to make it addictive.

Holiday Spice Granola

This granola really does make a terrific gift for the holidays. Pack it up in a Mason jar and tie it with a bow! And if you have guests staying the night, this granola is a special treat to look forward to in the morning.

Either way, you will surely want to have a good supply in your cupboard!

Holiday Spice Granola Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant; use gluten-free oats, if needed)
  • 2/3 cup flax seeds
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 /2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots


1 Heat the oven to 350F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper that is about 1 inch larger all around than the baking sheet.

2 Make the syrup: In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves. Stirring occasionally, cook for 2 minutes, or until the syrup is warm and fluid, and the salt dissolves.

Holiday Spice Granola

3 Mix the granola: In a large bowl, combine the oats, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, and chia seeds. Pour the warm syrup over the nuts and grains. Stir to coat them thoroughly. Spread evenly on the baking sheet.

Holiday Spice Granola

4 Bake the granola: Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven. Grasp the corners of the parchment paper and pull them toward the center to mound the granola in a pile. Stir with a large spoon and spread the granola out again in one layer.

Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and mound the granola in the center again. If it still looks pale in places, give it another stir, spread it back out, and return the pan to the oven to toast for 3 or 4 minutes more. (Total baking time is 20 to 25 minutes.) Leave on the baking sheet to cool completely.

5 Add fruit and store the granola. Scatter the cranberries and apricots over the cooled granola and stir to combine. Transfer the granola to an airtight jar or tin, and store at room temperature for several weeks.

Holiday Spice Granola

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Holiday Spice Granola

Sally Vargas

Sally Pasley Vargas is a freelance writer and the author of three cookbooks (Food for Friends, The Tao of Cooking, Ten Speed Press, and The Cranberry Cookbook). She currently writes the column The Confident Cook for The Boston Globe along with seasonal recipes for the Wednesday Food Section.

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  1. Christine

    This is an excellent granola recipe.! The ratio of grains, nuts, sweetener and fat is perfect. I added some diced up candied ginger and dried orange slices (Trader Joe’s) and it really amped up the “holiday” flavor. I also baked it at 300 degrees for around 35 minutes. I find that a 350 oven makes it too easy to overcook the outer edges of the granola.


  2. Piedad

    Love granola , and this one looks very yummy.


  3. Piedad

    Thank you for your recipes , I enjoyed them very much.
    Piedad konda


  4. Kelly

    This recipe was so perfect! Thanks for sharing.


  5. Laura Larin

    This is the best granola recipe I’ve found! I don’t like dried fruit so leave that out. I only use cinnamon and leave out the ginger and cloves to accommodate my husband’s tastes. I add walnuts and hazelnuts as well. After baking and cooking I add dried coconut slices (at Costco they’re called coconut smiles). This makes an amazing breakfast with yogurt. It keeps me full all morning. I find the baking time right on, as opposed to other recipes I’ve tried where they cook for longer and burn. I’ve been making this for a while now and wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the great recipe! I often make a double recipe and give away bags of it to friends.

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