Christmas Cashew, Cranberry & Orange Granola (low sugar recipe)

I’m back from a little blogging break with a recipe for crunchy cashew, cranberry and orange granola with warming cinnamon and ginger.
I haven’t made my own granola for a while, but it’s actually so easy do and always makes the house smell amazing! Plus, I like to make my own because I can control exactly how much sugar, nuts and add-ins to put in my granola!
This vegan orange, cashew and cranberry granola is perfect for Christmas. It's low sugar- sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon.
I decided to make a festive inspired, low sugar granola after I attended Food Matters Live last week (where I gave a talk on “Healthy choices: why psychology and the brain play a vital role“). At the show I tried some yummy granola from Breakfast by Bella and Troo. They were made with natural ingredients and very tasty, but while I was eating them I was thinking that the granola that I make (e.g. strawberry shortcake granola or carob clusters) are equally as good!
This recipe is inspired by Christmas*, with spicy cinnamon and ginger, as well as festive coloured the red cranberries and green pumpkin seeds. The granola is sweetened with one tablespoon of maple syrup, dried cranberries and cinnamon. You can add in extra sweetener if you like, but you might have to adjust the cooking time to make sure that it is still crunchy.
*Is it okay to say the C-word yet?
This vegan orange, cashew and cranberry granola is perfect for Christmas. It's low sugar- sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon.

 Orange, Cranberry & Cashew Low Sugar Granola Recipe

Serves 5
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  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unroasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries*
* I used ones sweetened with pineapple juice.
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
2. Mix together the oats, spices, maple syrup and orange juice.
3. Spread out the oat mixture on a baking tray and cook for 7 minutes.
4. Mix the granola and scatter over the cashews. Cook for a further 7 minutes.
5. Once the granola has cooked use the special crunchy granola trick – turn off the oven and leave the door jar. Once the oven has cooled down (2+ hours) transfer the granola to an air tight jar.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a go. You could even give it as a gift in a mason jar with a festive ribbon.


  1. November 30, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I love the sound of your granola and the fact that you add orange juice to it.Does it give it a citrus flavour? I am gong to try this recipe.

  2. Hannah
    November 30, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    This looks great, could definitely eat this now. Makes a good thing to eat for breakfast

  3. November 30, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    This looks great and I love that it’s low sugar! Some granola I’ve seen are laden with sugar and aren’t as healthy as I assume, I definitely need to make this!

  4. December 1, 2017 / 10:57 am

    This definitely has a Christmassy feel with the Cranberry in it. I should give making my own granola a go x

  5. Dannii
    December 1, 2017 / 11:20 am

    I am loving anything with cranberries in at the moment. This looks like a delicious festive way to start the day.

  6. December 1, 2017 / 11:51 am

    It’s great to come across a low sugar granola recipe; it’s surprising how much of the stuff they sneak into the shop varieties

  7. December 1, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    I love the idea of mixing in cranberries to the granola as it looks perfect for a winter morning! I do prefer to make my own as there is so much sugar in supermarket ones!

  8. December 1, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    MMmm nothing beats a homemade granola, and this recipe sounds divine! I’ll have to try it out soon 🙂

  9. December 1, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Well you had me at cranberries! I put cranberries in my porridge so I love this recipe a lot. There’s nothing better than home made granola in the morning. I think I’ll try this recipe for the holidays!

  10. December 2, 2017 / 9:00 am

    That granola looks delish. Homemade ones are really the best type of granola. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  11. December 3, 2017 / 10:17 am

    This granola sounds absolutely delicious and so nutritious. I’d love to try.

  12. Joanna Davis
    December 3, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I never thought of making my own granola but it makes sense if it is low in sugar. I have finished a no added sugar diet which made me feel great and in which I cooked every meal from scratch. This would be a great alternative for breakfast.

  13. December 3, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    oh this looks delicious! And the perfect festive breakfast too! x

  14. December 3, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    I’ve never thought of making my own granola before, this sounds lovely and definitely something I would enjoy. Oh and it’s not too early to mention Christmas x

  15. December 4, 2017 / 6:36 am

    You beat me to it! Hehe. I was thinking of making a Christmas granola the other day but now I can simply try your recipe, Rachel! Looks delicious 🙂

  16. December 4, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Oh yum this sounds delicious, I love the different flavours people manage to put together when making their own granola, I need to try DIYing it myself.

  17. December 16, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Such a great breakfast recipe which I can’t wait to try and start the day with, Rachel! Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?

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