August 4, 2021

Orange Cardamom Granola

I mentioned in one of my What’s in Season Wednesday posts over on social media that I cannot get enough oranges this year. With all these oranges hanging around, I started thinking about other ways to use them and enjoy their bright citrusy flavor. I was also preparing to share my Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls with you, which include granola. Well, sweet potatoes and oranges are a delightful flavor pairing, as are sweet potatoes and warm spices like cardamom and cinnamon. Thus, Orange Cardamom Granola was born.

This granola variation is a solid winter option for your yogurt + granola pairings. Winter is citrus season, so let’s celebrate it as often and in as many ways as we can. I enjoy cardamom year-round, but it feels especially cozy during the winter months. Plus, it has a slight citrus note to it on its own, so marrying it to orange zest in this granola just feels right. Nutritionally, cardamom aids in healthy digestion - what better way to start your day?

Ingredients assembled for granola
Assemble your ingredients.

Dry granola ingredients, then wet ingredients, then mixed granola
Combine your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together wet ingredients separately, then pour over dry ingredients and stir until everything is moistened.

Baked granola on a large baking sheet
Bake granola on a large sheet tray in an even layer. Once fully cooled, transfer to an airtight container to store.

Original publication date: January 21, 2021

Orange Cardamom Granola

Winter is citrus season, so let’s celebrate it as often and in as many ways as we can, and I enjoy cardamom year-round, but it feels especially cozy during the winter months - hello, Orange Cardamom Granola.


Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful











3 cups old-fashioned or rolled oats

1 cup sliced raw almonds

1/2 cup hemp hearts

1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

2 tsp. ground cardamom

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. sea salt

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

⅓ cup pure maple syrup

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Zest of 1 orange


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the oats, almonds, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Stir together the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and orange zest. Add to the dry ingredients, and stir until everything is combined and moistened.
  4. Transfer the granola mixture to the prepared baking sheet. Spread out into an even layer. Bake for 25-27 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  5. Allow the granola to cool on the baking sheet, which will help it become crisp and crunchy.
  6. Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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November 4, 2023
Jana Schroeder
Kira made this dish for a bridal shower I hosted. She decorated it with skewers of cucumelons. It not only looked delightful, but tasted wonderfully refreshing! So much flavor!