Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Granola :-)!

Holy goodness sakes y'all, this might be my favorite pumpkin-y creation EVER. It is deeeee-licious and it makes your house smell heavenly! You may have noticed I'm on a bit of a pumpkin kick lately, I'm not sorry. I love pumpkin flavored goodies. I love pumpkin flavored HEALTHY goodies even more :-) This granola is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, goooooodness! It is a PaleOMG recipe (I LOVE her and her blog & you should DEFINITELY go check it out :)) and I got it here: http://paleomg.com/pumpkin-granola/
On a side note I am currently doing a giveaway on the Facebook page! It is for a jar of coconut oil, some chocolate almond butter (HEAVEN), and a $5 Whole Foods gift card! All you have to do to enter is go to the page @- https://www.facebook.com/UnBearablyGood "Like" The page and comment on the picture of the giveaway! That's it. I will randomly pick a winner Friday afternoon and I will happily ship it to you if you are not local :-) Good luck!
The giveaway goodies!
Okay back to the granola...

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (make sure it's 100% pumpkin, no sugar added!)
1/3 cup coconut oil, liquefied
1/3 cup 100% pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 Tablespoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (I bought these @ Whole Foods in the bulk section!)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
8-10 dried dates, pits removed & chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
I'm sure you could substitute any kind of nuts and use pumpkin pie spice in place of some of the spices!
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine the pumpkin, oil, syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, & ginger. Whisk together until combined fully. (I didn't take a picture of this step, sorry it smelled so good I wanted to get a move on!)

Step 2: Add almonds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, dates, and coconut to the wet mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
Step 3: On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spread the granola mixture out in an even layer with a spoon.
Step 4: Bake 30-40 minutes, stirring at the half-way point so it doesn't burn! Mine took closer to the 40 minute mark.
Enjoy straight up (I was shoveling it in my mouth off of the baking sheet, no lie) or over milk as cereal :-D
 

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