Gingerbread granola recipe with puffed quinoa

This is not an empty promise, my friends! This is the most delicious gluten-free granola recipe you will ever come across. Made with puffed quinoa and maple syrup, it tastes like gingerbread cookies, maybe even better.

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Gingerbread granola with puffed quinoa

I know there are many great gluten-free granola recipes on the web, but this one is a little different. I made this homemade granola with puffed quinoa and that makes it not just delicious but also nutritious.

Why make this recipe

  • This granola recipe is gluten-free and safe for people following a gluten-free diet. Just make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
  • It’s a simple recipe and easy to make: mix, bake, and enjoy!
  • With wholesome ingredients, this granola is not only gluten-free but also nut-free and makes a perfect breakfast to start the day.
  • And the taste? It’s reminiscent of a gingerbread man. Should I say more?
gluten-free granola with quinoa puffs spread across the tables around a glass jar

Ingredients for gingerbread granola

All you need are quinoa puffs, quick-cooking oats, pepitas (or pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds, sultanas, coconut oil, and maple syrup 🍁

IMPORTANT: To ensure your granola is truly gluten-free, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

ingredients needed to make gluten-free granola with puffed quinoa

Puffed quinoa:

As I mentioned before, I used puffed quinoa to make this granola recipe. Quinoa puffs are naturally gluten-free and are a great addition to a classic granola. 

It is high in fiber and rich in iron, all of which make this delicious granola a perfect breakfast to start the day.


The biggest secret to this amazing granola recipe is the spices. I used cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger, which make this granola taste like GINGERBREAD!

In fact, the whole house smelled like Christmas while I was baking the granola. So yummy! Needless to say, my kids couldn’t wait to try it.

gingerbread granola

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil binds all the ingredients of this delicious granola together. It also adds a touch of sweetness without overpowering the gingerbread flavor. In fact, you can hardly taste the coconut oil.

Maple syrup:

This gingerbread granola is sweetened with maple syrup. Please make sure to read the label before you buy it. You want to have 100% Canadian Maple Syrup. Most of the maple syrups that are sold in supermarkets are just sugary colored water mixes.

If for whatever reason you don’t like maple syrup, feel free to substitute it with agave syrup or rice malt syrup.

gingerbread granola in a glass jar

How to make homemade gluten-free granola:

I never realized how easy it is to make delicious and nourishing granola at home until I made my own. All you need are the ingredients, a big mixing bowl, a spoon, and a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

You mix all the dry ingredients, add maple syrup and coconut oil, spread it on a tray, and bake for around 15 minutes. That’s it.

I promise you and your whole family will love it. It’s such an amazing treat for you and your loved ones.

The step-by-step recipe is in the recipe card below 👇

What to eat with gingerbread granola?

There are many delicious ways to enjoy granola. Here are some suggestions you might want to try:

  • Yogurt: Granola and yogurt make a classic and delicious combination. Greek yogurt or your favorite dairy-free alternative are great choices.
  • Milk or Milk Alternatives: Simply pour milk (dairy or non-dairy) over a bowl of granola for a quick and easy breakfast.
  • Fresh Fruit: Top your granola with fresh fruits like berries, banana slices, apple chunks, or diced mango.
  • Smoothie Bowl: Create a smoothie bowl by blending your favorite fruits with yogurt or milk, then topping it with this homemade granola for added crunch. Try my easy Tropical Mango Pineapple Smoothie Recipe.

How to store

Store your granola in an airtight container or resealable bag for up to 2-3 weeks to keep it fresh. Keep it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, and it will stay crisp and delicious for an extended period.

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Have you tried this granola recipe? If so, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could leave a star rating and share your thoughts in a comment. Your feedback means a lot to me, and it can also help others who are interested in trying it out. Thank you! 🌟👩‍🍳

gluten-free granola with quinoa ouffs in a glass jar, view from above

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Granola Recipe With Puffed Quinoa

Elena Elliott
This delicious gluten-free granola is crispy, comforting, and sweet. Made with quinoa puffs and pure maple syrup, it tastes like freshly baked gingerbread cookies, maybe even better 🙂
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 6 serves


  • 2 cups puffed quinoa also known as quinoa puffs.
  • 1 cup quick oats certified gluten-free of needed
  • 60 ml pure maple syrup subtitutte with agave syrup or rice malt syrup.
  • 40 ml coconut oil substitute with avocado oil or mild olive oil.
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup sultanas (raisins)
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°Fahrenheit).
  • In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the dry ingredients, leaving out the sultanas.
  • Melt the coconut oil, being careful not to overheat it. Then, add the maple syrup to the melted coconut oil.
  • Add the melted coconut oil and maple syrup mixture to the dry ingredients. Thoroughly combine to ensure all ingredients are evenly coated with the coconut oil and maple syrup mixture.
  • Spread the granola mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes or until it turns golden, do not stir the granola.
  • While the granola is baking, soak the sultanas (raisins) in some water.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the granola from the oven, drain the soaked sultanas, add them to the granola mixture, and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Take the tray out of the oven and let the granola cool completely before breaking it up.
  • Once fully cooled you can store your gluten-free granola in an airtight container or in a glass jar. Enjoy!


Please make sure you are using the quick oats for this recipe. The rolled oats won’t bake in 15 minutes. If you bake the mix for longer, the quinoa flakes will burn. 
This granola is gluten-free and nut-free, but you can add any nuts and seeds you like.
You can also add some chocolate chips or dried fruit.
Enjoy with your favorite milk or yogurt. 
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  1. How good is this granola recipe! I made it twice already and my son absolutely loves it. It tastes like Christmas 🙂 Thank you for sharing

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