Fuel Up Festively – Gingerbread Cranberry Protein Granola Recipe

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Some might say it’s “too soon”  — too soon to post a gingerbread-flavored recipe or even hint at the Christmas and winter holiday season.  But, when I was in my neighborhood grocery store today, I noticed that the displays had changed overnight from pumpkins and Halloween candy just the day prior to stuffing mixes, tree trimmings and fruit baskets (yes, I shop for food every day – three teen boys)! Halloween hasn’t even officially happened yet!

Some might also say that it’s “too soon” to do another granola recipe seeing as that’s what I just shared in my last post for Pumpkin Protein Granola. But, hello – look what showed up on my doorstep today – a mountain of muscle-making products from Designer Whey as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. I knew I had to whip up more good-for-me goodies and this time it would be Gingerbread – Cranberry Protein Granola.

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Their 100% Premium Whey Protein Powder is what I’ve been using in these recipes for various protein granolas. Lots of great flavors that whisk up really easy with the liquid ingredients – no lumps or clumps! I love putting a little protein powder in my recipes; it helps me build lean muscle, gives me longer lasting energy  and curbs my hunger between meals. Adequate protein for all my meals and recovery snacks (I aim for 100g a day) keeps me ready to take on the world!

A busy weekend - podium finish at 10 mile race, practicing crow pose & cartwheeling at Prevention Magazine's #R3Summit.

A busy weekend – podium finish at 10 mile race, practicing crow pose & cartwheeling at Prevention Magazine’s #R3Summit.

jennifer fisher thefitfork gingerbread granola 

Gingerbread – Cranberry Protein Granola Recipe

jennifer fisher thefitfork gingerbread granola ingredients


  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (2 scoops)
  • 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup chopped dried cranberries


Preheat the oven to 325 F degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, hemp seed, nuts, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Stir thoroughly to combine; set aside.

In medium pot, stir in the oil, maple syrup, molasses, water, applesauce, protein powder and vanilla over medium-low heat. Use a whisk to incorporate ingredients until smooth and just starting to bubble, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Add dry oat-mixture ingredients into pot; use spatula to stir and coat evenly. Turn the granola out onto prepared pan and spread it in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes; remove to stir up granola so that it cooks evenly. Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes for a total of 40 – 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. The granola will continue to dry out a bit more during the cooling process. Store in an airtight container.

Makes approximately 6 cups of granola.

11 thoughts on “Fuel Up Festively – Gingerbread Cranberry Protein Granola Recipe

  1. I’ve been eating gingerbread granola for the last week! I’m not over my pumpkin fix yet, but I’m already dreaming of eggnog, mint chocolate, and molasses! Your granola looks awesome–love the cranberries!

    • Ooooh, eggnog flavor . . . . that’s a favorite! I can’ wait (actually, I saw cartons in the store last week)

    • I use it mainly as a topping for my yogurt — but my husband eats it straight out of the bag and it is usually gone by the time I’m ready for some!

  2. This looks yummy! I love homemade granola! Quick question, I use protein powder much the way you do, as a protein booster in recipes. Recently, I’ve read that many protein powders contain high levels of heavy metals? What’s your take on this?

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