Pumpkin Spice Granola

Spice up your mornings with this cozy fall recipe



Ingredients


1/2 cup pumpkin

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup olive oil

3 cups oats

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1tbsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg


Instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Combine wet ingredients: pumpkin, syrup, and oil.

  3. Add the dry ingredients: oats, salt, nuts, spices.

  4. Mix until incorporated.

  5. Press onto lined baking sheet and bake for 20 min.

  6. Take sheet out and mix the granola up, bake for about another 20 min.

  7. Allow to cool and enjoy - I store mine in a large Ziploc.

* check the granola halfway through the second bake to prevent burning.





Granola is perfect to have in the cupboard for a quick breakfast! I used to buy store-bought, but then I started looking at the ingredient labels and noticing a lot of extra hard-to-pronounce ingredients. I am a firm opposer of extra hard-to-pronounce ingredients, especially in things I consciously eat to fuel my body. A cupcake from the store once in a while as a treat doesn't hurt, but in the morning when I start my day off with something I want it to give my body clean energy without any unnecessary ingredients. Fortunately, granola is ridiculously easy to make and (in my opinion) more delicious when homemade. It's amazingly customizable because the bare bones formula is: oats, oil, sweetener (optional), spices, and dried fruits/nuts. You can add nut butters too, for extra chunkiness.


When I wake up during autumn I immediately crave something cozy to pair with tea or black coffee. Enter pumpkin granola. Made with real pumpkin that doesn't come through in a strong flavor and iconic fall spices gives this granola the essential autumn taste. Adding in pumpkin seeds adds to the theme, as does the maple syrup. I like to eat it with berries in the morning or over vanilla ice cream in the evening. Its also the perfect snack to pack for lunches or a quick snack!


Love,

Rachel

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