You know that once the holidays roll around, all of the gingerbread recipes come out! I looooove ginger. I’ve always loved ginger snaps, thanks in part to my Grammy and Papa who always had a box in the pantry whenever we came over to visit. I’m also a huge fan of those gin gins chews by The Ginger People. Like, Santa, for real…fill my stocking up with some gin gins! Plus, did you know that ginger can be soothing on an upset stomach? I mean, that doesn’t mean you should eat an entire bag of ginger candy. THAT might cause an upset stomach, too, but sucking on ginger candy or ginger tea can relax the muscles of the stomach. Pretty cool, right?!
Last year was our first year living in Washington, and Michael and I visited Snowflake Lane in Bellevue for the first time. We actually went twice. The first time took so long to find parking that we missed the whole Christmas parade! We were much more prepared the second time. We left hella early and spent the whole afternoon browsing around shops. Snowflake Lane was absolutely MAGICAL. Not only is Bellevue, Washington stunning during the holidays, but all of the buildings and streets were lit up, there was a Christmas parade with music and dancing, and it even “snowed!” Fake bubble snow, that is. It really doesn’t snow up here so we do the best we can.
I can’t wait to go again this year. Obviously we’ll leave early. No need to make that mistake twice. But I’m thinking of packing homemade gingerbread cookies and eggnog. It’s makes for the perfect holiday date! What are your favorite holiday activities to do with your significant other? Let me know in the comment section, below!
When it came to brainstorming recipes for the holiday season, gingerbread granola was a no brainer. It’s easy and you can add a variety of healthy ingredients. I kept it pretty traditional with oats and pecans, but you could add crystalized ginger, dried cranberries, walnuts, ground flaxseeds, whatever your heart desires!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter, melted (can substitute coconut oil)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the dry ingredients with a whisk in a large bowl to evenly distribute everything together.
- Add the wet ingredients and mix well with a spatula so each morsel is coated evenly.
- Spread the granola out on a large baking sheet and put in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to prevent burning. Ovens can vary so watch the granola closely and remove from oven once browned and no longer wet.
- Allow the granola to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Enjoy with a splash of eggnog, on top of Greek yogurt (like this), or by itself! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!