Granola is one of those foods that more often times than not is faux healthy. The foundation is typically a wholesome one, but then it becomes adulterated with loads of sugar, oil, possibly some chocolate chips, and sugar coated dried fruit. Sorry to bring you down from your sugar high but, as always, I've got your back. My recipe for a healthy feel good granola with just the right amount of fall essence will leave you satisfied and devoid of looking for your next pumpkin fix.
Pumpkin spiced granola encompasses all of your fall breakfast or snack essentials. You get filling fiber and protein from the oats, quinoa, and walnuts and a touch of sweetness from honey. Add extra mileage to your granola by tossing in chia seeds, ground flax seeds, and hemp seeds once the granola is cooked and cooled. Fresh or frozen fruit is a welcome addition too. This granola works great with your favorite yogurt, milk, or my personal favorite, kefir.
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- 2 cups extra thick rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
- 1/2 cup rainbow quinoa (black, white, or red are also fine)
- 2/3 cups chopped raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 tsp dried ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsps ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, quinoa, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and spices. Add coconut oil, honey, and pumpkin puree. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
- Spread oat mixture out on a parchment paper-lined sheet tray and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Be sure to check every 10 minutes and toss halfway through baking. Granola will be ready when lightly brown and firm. Once removed, the granola will continue to harden slightly.
- Store in an airtight container.
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