Cardamom Hemp Granola


This Cardamom Hemp Granola is packed with flavor, low in sugar, and made with nourishing ingredients. It’s perfect as an everyday cereal or snack.

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Homemade Granola

One of the fan-favorite recipes on this site is my Homemade Granola. My family refers to it as “Hälsa ‘Nola” and it’s perfect for hearty morning breakfasts and bringing as a hostess gift. But I have also had some requests for granola that is lower in saturated fat and sugar.

So in response to these requests–and my own desire to mix up some new versions of granola, I got testing. It didn’t take that many batches to come up with this Cardamom Hemp Granola recipe, which must be pretty good because we keep running out of it!

This heart-healthy Cardamom Hemp Granola is perfect for weekday breakfasts! Share on X

Nourishing Ingredients

This recipe features hemp hearts, which are hulled hemp seeds. Hemp hearts are a nutrient powerhouse, packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. I keep them on hand to add to everything from smoothie bowls to avocado toast to salads. I also love to add them to my cocoa-coconut bliss balls instead of nuts.

Because it’s lower in added oil and sugar, this granola doesn’t always form big clusters like many granola recipes do. (Though if you let it bake without stirring and then let it cool without touching it’s more likely to stick together.)

But it’s perfect for sprinkling on everything from kefir to yogurt to smoothies to donut apples. Of course, you could always up the sugar and oil content a bit if you are craving a more classic granola!

One more reason to make this recipe? The combination of cardamom and cinnamon will have your house smelling like a bakery for several hours. So. Good.

Heart-healthy cardamom granola that is packed with flavor and nutrients. Gluten-free, vegan, kid-approved,Pin

Cardamom Hemp Granola

Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RDN
This heart-healthy cardamom hemp granola is made with canola oil and is lower in sugar than most granolas. Make a batch and keep it on hand for topping yogurt, kefir, smoothies, or donut apples. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Scandinavian
Servings 12


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats certified gluten-free if needed
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ cup canola, avocado, or grapseed oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 300° F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats through salt and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • In a small prep bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and vanilla extract. Add to the oat mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Transfer oat mixture to the baking sheet. Spread out evenly and then bake in the oven for about 35 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant.
  • Let cool and then transfer to an airtight container. Enjoy!
Keyword breakfast, cardamom, gluten-free, granola, hemp, oats, vegan

Another healthy spin on granola is muesli. It’s basically granola but without any added oil or sugar! You can check out my Cardamom Muesli here. (Yes, I like cardamom!)

This healthy cardamom hemp granola is packed with nutrients and flavor, not sugar. Make a batch and keep it on hand for topping yogurt, kefir, smoothies, or peanut butter toast. Pin

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