This may sound a little weird, but I wish you could smell my house right now.
It smells like happiness.
Who needs holiday candles when you can toss some oats with cinnamon and ginger in the oven and instantly feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
The smell of this granola is almost as delicious as the taste — almost.
Once you try it, you’re a goner.
I’m talking “wake up in a cinnamony haze covered in crumbly oats with an empty jar next to you” kind of situation.
It happened to me and I fully blame the smell. It all started with the smell.
This Dark Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Granola is a take on my Blueberry Cinnamon Granola and it is so incredibly easy to make!
It takes all of five minutes to assemble. Then after a quick 20 minutes in the oven, you’ll be fist deep in crunchy goodness.
The best part is just how nutritious it is. Thanks to the sweetening and binding properties of the banana, this snack is super low in sugar.
The oats provide cholesterol-lowering, fiber-packed whole grains and the pistachios and chia seeds add a small dose of beneficial fat.
Even the somewhat “sinful” chocolate chips are on the healthier side, as this brand is sweetened with stevia instead of sugar.
Check out the easy, festive recipe! >>
- 3 C. Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 T. White Chia Seeds
- 1 T. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Ginger
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Banana
- 2 T. Honey
- 2 T. Coconut Oil (or oil of choice)
- ¼ C. Dried Cranberries
- ¼ C. Chocolate Chips (Lily's Dark Chocolate)
- ¼ Pistachios
- Heat oven to 300 F.
- Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Mix wet with dry.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread oat mixture evening on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping half way through.
- Let granola cool.
- Mix in cranberries and chocolate.
This granola makes an eye-catching topping to smoothie bowls, yogurt, and banana faux-yo, along with being a perfect snack all on its own.
And, thanks to the pretty red and green coloring, it would also make a great healthy gift alternative to Christmas cookies!