Recipe: A Gift That Hits the Sweet Spot – Christmas Granola

We’re all for Christmas cookies, but really, aren’t there enough of them out there? Surprise your loved ones with a batch of this gorgeous, wholesome granola instead. granola

Keep in mind, this is still a high-calorie treat. A half-cup of this granola has the added sugar and calories of 2-3 sugar cookies. However, swapping white flour and butter for oats and walnuts boosts the nutrition: Healthier fats as well as more fibre, protein, and potassium.

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Christmas Granola

A beautiful gift you can make in no time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Breakfast, Snacks
Servings 14 1/2 cup svgs
Calories 297 kcal


  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) nutmeg
  • 4 cups (1000 mL) old-fashioned large-flake oats
  • 1 cup (250 mL) oat bran
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil
  • 1 tsp (75 mL) almond extract
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (optional, but it helps with cleanup).
  • In a small bowl, stir cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl, mix oats with oat bran, walnuts, and salt.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, stir syrup with oil until warm, 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove oil and syrup from heat. Stir in almond extract and spice mix.
  • Pour over oat mixture. Stir to coat.
  • Turn onto baking sheet, spreading out as evenly as you can. Bake until golden for about 20 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and stir in cranberries.
  • Cool. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.


This recipe was adapted from Josee di Stasio's recipe on Check out the original for variations.

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