Pumpkin Spice Granola

Autumn is in full swing and I’m still finding ways to use my seasonal fruits, vegetables, and spices. My clients have raved about my granola recipes… I’m kind of a big fan too. Well, today I’m going all pumpkin crazy. Pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin spice. THE PUMPKIN TRIO!!


The Marvelous Pumpkin Seed

  • Pumpkin seeds are rich in manganese and vitamin K, both of which are important in helping wounds heal.
  • They also contain zinc, a mineral that not only helps the immune system but also helps your skin heal after an injury.
  • Zinc may also protect skin from UV damage and acts as an antioxidant.
  • Pumpkin seeds also contain cucurbitacin, which is a unique amino acid that helps in hair growth.
  • They are are also rich in vitamin C, which also plays an important role in hair growth and healthy skin.
  • Pumpkin seeds are especially beneficial for women in terms of a better bone density. Being highly rich in magnesium and calcium, pumpkin seeds help maintain healthy bones. It also helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women ( a common issue among women post-menopause)
  • A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds dadily, which is approximately 30 g will provide you with a good amount of protein, healthy fats, fiber, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and other effective nutrients.

Can you see why I love this recipe so much! The benefits of pumpkin, along with these benefits of the pumpkin seeds… it’s a powerhouse of awesomeness. Enjoy the granola!

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Granola
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Clean Eating
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: granola
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Nicole Camba RHN at NicoleCamba.com

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Oats rolled
  • 1 cup Walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup Pureed Pumpkin

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix the oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, ground flax seed, sea salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Stir well to mix.
  • In a pot, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup and pureed pumpkin. Place over medium-low heat and whisk until all ingredients are well distributed and it is warmed through (about 2 to 5 minutes). Pour it over the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula. Spread across the baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Rotate the pan at the halfway point. (Note: Don't stir as this will break up the clusters.)
  • Remove the granola from the oven and let cool completely. It may seem wet, but it will crisp up as it cools.
  • Divide into bowls or store sealed in a jar until ready to use. Enjoy

Notes

  • Leftovers – Stores well in an airtight container for up to a week. Freezes well for longer.
  • No Walnuts – Use pecans or slivered almonds instead.
  • Nut-Free – Skip the nuts and add extra pumpkin seeds.
  • Serve it With – Oatmeal, yogurt, almond milk, and/or chopped apples with cinnamon.
  • Optional Add-Ins – Raisins, dried cranberries, berries, or coconut flakes.

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