This time of year is all about good food, which I love. Most events throughout the holidays are centered around rich, delicious and often decadent food…which is great. However, at some point you might need a teeny, tiny break from all the richness to just eat something healthy and simple. Think of it as your mid-holiday cleanse. Or perhaps your goal is to have a nutritious breakfast each day, to justify and balance out the holiday feasting that tends to fill your evenings. In any case, this simple pumpkin granola can be part of your plan to add something clean and healthy to your diet this season.
This pumpkin granola comes together super fast, and it’s incredibly versatile. Sprinkle it on oatmeal, or eat it on its own with some cold almond milk. Top a bowl of yogurt and fruit with it, or even add it to a smoothie for a little crunch. Get really creative and sprinkle it on your sweet potatoes or baked apples. Whip up some homemade caramel sauce, spoon it over vanilla ice cream, and top the whole thing with a few tablespoons of granola. Hey…a
healthy dessert! 🙂 Pumpkin granola lasts for several weeks, so make a big batch and use it throughout the month. Happy eating!
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds (We use Trader Joe's Spiced Pumpkin Seeds)
- 1 cup pecan or walnut pieces
- 3 cups oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. cloves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine pumpkin seeds, nuts and oats in a large bowl with chia seeds and spices. Mix well.
- In a small saucepan on the stove, add coconut oil, syrup and pumpkin puree, and cook on low heat until melted and combined, stirring constantly. This should only take a couple minutes.
- Pour melted mixture into dry ingredients, and mix well.
- Spread onto greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper or silicone baking mat.)
- Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring once, until mixture starts to turn golden brown.
- Cool completely, and store in a sealed ziploc bag. (Cooling completely without mixing will help the granola to cluster).
*Granola stores well for several weeks if kept in sealed container.
*Ideas for using granola: sprinkle on oatmeal, eat with cold almond milk, top a bowl of yogurt and fruit, add to a smoothie, sprinkle on roasted sweet potatoes or baked apples.
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