This ginger molasses granola is SO delicious - packed with warming spices and tons of texture from oats, seeds, and coconut. Made without refined sugar, this is a healthy, cozy way to start your day!
I know all things ginger molasses are traditionally popular around the holidays, but I love this ginger molasses granola all year round! With warming spices like cinnamon and ginger, this granola takes any yogurt bowl (or even oatmeal) to the next level. Plus, molasses is delicious way to increase your iron intake.
Below are the ingredients you need for a delicious ginger molasses granola.
- Whole rolled oats - Our foundation for granola!
- White whole wheat flour - Flour helps lightly bind ingredients together so you can create lovely granola clusters.
- Ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salt - These are the spices you'll use to flavor this granola.
- Sunflower seeds, pepitas, coconut flakes - Some seeds and dried fruit for extra nutrients, flavor, and texture.
- Unrefined coconut oil - A bit of fat in helps coat the granola to provide incredible flavor, nutrients, and also helps prevent it from burning.
- Molasses - To sweeten the granola and create that iconic ginger molasses flavor.
- Maple syrup - Also to sweeten. Adding in some maple syrup helps us get the right amount of sweetness without overdoing the molasses.
- Vanilla extract - Always a must for the best flavor in granola.
This granola recipe is easy to make in a few steps, plus 30 minutes at lower heat in an oven. Let's go!
Combine oats, flour, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pepitas, ground ginger, cinnamon, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
Melt the coconut oil, molasses, and maple syrup in a saucepan together over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour the molasses mixture into the dry granola ingredients and stir until all dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Spread granola onto a parchment-lined sheet pan in an even layer. It's okay if the layer is somewhat thick.
Finally, bake the granola at 300 degrees for 30-35 minutes, stirring gently halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan. It will harden as it cools, and then you can break it up into clusters of your desired size.
Hint: A convection oven tends to cook granola very quickly, so if you bake this granola on a convection setting, the outer edges may get too browned and slightly dried out.
Substitutions & Variations
Below are some substitutions and variations to help you make this granola recipe work for you!
- Nuts & seeds - Feel free to sub in different nuts and seeds to get different textures and flavors.
- Dried fruit - Golden raisins, dried cranberries, or candied ginger would be delicious in this granola!
- Gluten free - Use gluten free flour instead of wheat-based flour, and make sure your oats are certified gluten free.
We also have other granola recipes you can try when you're in the mood to completely switch up the flavor! Simple coconut chia granola is a reader favorite, and I ADORE this maple cinnamon walnut granola.
For homemade granola, all you need are a couple bowls, a sheet pan, a spoon for stirring, and some parchment paper if desired. I always use parchment paper when I make granola for easy clean-up and to help prevent sticking.
After allowing it to cool completely, store your ginger molasses granola in an airtight container in a cool, dry place (such as a pantry or kitchen shelf). This granola is best when enjoyed within two months.
You could also freeze it in a reusable zip-top bag or airtight container for up to three months.
For giant granola clusters, don't stir your granola too much while cooking (stirring separates the pieces). Also, let the granola cool completely before you stir or try to break it apart on the pan. This allows the ingredients to cool together in clusters that you can break into the size you want. Note, this doesn't mean you can't take a little taste test while it's cooling 😉
I recommend using unsulphured or dark molasses in this granola. One of my favorite kinds is the molasses by Wholesome!
Yes! I've tested my granola recipes with olive oil as well, and it works really well and tastes just as delicious. You can swap a liquid oil 1:1 for the coconut oil. I haven't tested other oils, but given that olive oil is a liquid, I expect other oils (such as avocado or grapeseed) would work as well.
Yogurt is an obvious choice, but I also recommend topping smoothies, overnight oats, and even hot oatmeal with granola. Something about the crunchy sweetness against a creamier texture is so satisfying. See my recommended pairings below!
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These are my favorite dishes to serve with ginger molasses granola:Print
Ginger Molasses Granola
This ginger molasses granola is delicious anytime of year! With oats, coconut, pepitas, and sunflowers, it packs a nutrition punch - not to mention the extra dose of iron from molasses. Enjoy for breakfast or snacks!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 5 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast, snacks
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- 3 cups whole rolled oats
- ¼ cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pepitas
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- ⅓ cup extra virgin coconut oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat and prep. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix dry ingredients. Add oats, white whole wheat flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and coconut flakes to a large bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Heat & mix wet ingredients. Add coconut oil, molasses, and maple syrup to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once mixture just comes to a boil, remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Give the mixture a quick whisk to make sure it's all combined.
- Combine. Pour molasses mixture into dry ingredients and stir until everything is fully coated.
- Bake. Scoop granola onto prepared sheet pan and spread into an even layer (it'll be a somewhat thick layer!).
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