Healthy granola for the holidays


Try a healthy Gingerbread Granola recipe, courtesy of Texas Oncology, an advocate for healthy eating for cancer prevention. This granola is easy to make, high in fiber, low in sodium, and packed with healthy ingredients like oats, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and dried fruit, making it a delicious and nutritious way to celebrate the season.


Makes 16 servings / To advocate healthy eating for cancer prevention, Texas Oncology develops an annual holiday recipe featuring good-for-you ingredients. For 2010, it’s healthy Gingerbread Granola, packed with whole oats, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and dried fruit. This granola is also low-sodium and high in fiber, making it a delicious and nutritious way to celebrate the season. 

2 ½ cups rolled oats

¾ cup raw slivered almonds

¼ cup raw sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

¾ teaspoon ground ginger

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

⅛ teaspoon salt

Pinch of nutmeg

⅓ cup agave nectar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon molasses

¼ cup chopped dried apricots

¼ cup golden raisins


1. Preheat oven to 300˚F. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, and spices. In a separate bowl, whisk together agave nectar, brown sugar, and molasses. Pour over dry mixture and stir until incorporated thoroughly. Evenly spread granola mixture onto a parchment-lined and rimmed baking sheet. Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, for about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly before adding apricots and raisins. Once cooled completely, store in an airtight jar or sealed bag.

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 300 cal, 9g fat (0g sat), 0mg chol, 8g protein, 50g carb, 6g fiber, 40mg sodium, 29g sugars, 60mg calcium, 3mg iron

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