Pumpkin Spice Granola

We caught up with Jen Diaz, a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, who shared this delicious Pumpkin Spice Granola recipe. If you agree that October is all-pumpkin-everything month, this recipe is for you!

It’s officially the month of the pumpkin! I have to be honest with you, I’ve never made anything, besides jack-o-lanterns, that included actual pumpkin. There’s a first time for everything, so I decided to play around with this festive vegetable in more than just a decorative way!

©Jennifer Diaz Pumpkin Spice Granola Athleta-6

Granola is one of those health foods that has so much potential to add essential nutrients to your diet. However, a lot of store bought granola is packed with preservatives, added sugars, or artificial sweeteners, making it less desirable. Not to mention, making your own is easy and cheaper!

As I began researching pumpkins, I was pleasantly surprised to discover all the nutrients they contain. Pumpkin seeds are actually a good source of protein, and contain magnesium and zinc. The meat of the pumpkin also contains quite a few essential vitamins, minerals, and is a great source of fiber. So not only is it nutrient dense, but it’s also incredibly filling!

This recipe was extremely easy. I basically guesstimated the amounts of each ingredient to put in, so there is a lot of leniency and room for creativity!

PUMPKIN SPICE GRANOLA

Prep Time: 12 min
Cook Time: 30-40 min
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • 3 Cups of Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup of Silced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Hazelnuts
  • 1 TBS Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 2 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/4 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Organic Maple Syrup or Local Organic Honey
Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Stir in liquid ingredients until all the dry ingredients are equally covered.

Spread granola evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Once the granola is done baking, you’re free to add any chocolate or dried fruits if desired! Let it cool (it will harden as it cools).

Break up, serve, and enjoy!

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