Okay, so it’s OFFICIALLY December. If you’re like me, you will be delighting yourself with all the holiday foods from Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year. Well not this year, for me at least. I’ve tried these past few weeks to reel in my hand from grabbing all the delicious sweets and treats that can be found in our offices, my parent’s house, my in-law’s house, or down every aisle of our grocery store. There are jingle bells and ginger smells surrounding your every move.
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and I think that’s why, of all the holiday sweet treats, I tend to gravitate towards ginger snaps and gingerbread cookies. But just because they are traditional sugar cookies, does not mean ginger snaps and gingerbread cookies are healthy. I have been on a mission to find an alternative for my gingerbread cravings to get me through the holidays, and I found it on Well Plated by Erin via her Gingerbread Granola recipe.
In my house, instead of traditional gingerbread or sugar cookie baking, I turn to this gingerbread granola to get me through the holidays. It’s so crunchy and full of flavor that I don’t even miss eating the unhealthier version through the season. Bonus-it makes my house full of those amazing, holiday ginger smells. I eat the granola right off the tray, but it’s also amazing on vanilla sugar-free pudding, in parfaits and on-top of frozen yogurt!
The great thing about this recipe is that it includes legit ginger. Ginger has so many health benefits that it can be utilized by breast cancer patients. Ginger is known to reduce nausea, a huge side effect of cancer treatments. Ginger also may reduce muscle pains and soreness, which is another key effect of breast cancer treatment. On top of that, it is proven that ginger can lower cholesterol and reduce stress!
With all the health benefits associated with ginger alone and with the deliciousness of Erin’s Gingerbread Granola, you will not have a hard time going for the healthier option this holiday season. Oh! And you’re house will still be filled with jingle bells and smells. Happy Holiday Eating!