Simply Healthy Family: Pumpkin and Apple Spiced Granola

21.10.14

Pumpkin and Apple Spiced Granola




Would you believe that I've never made my own home made granola before this? I'm not sure why, I never really thought it would be difficult or time consuming and it's definitely not. It was just a matter of gathering the ingredients and throwing them in a bowl, mixing, baking on low heat and then voila, warm, cinnamon apple and pumpkin granola for breakfast served with some Greek plain yogurt. 


Simple. Delicious. Fall flavors, Check.












I've made several batches of this and can't seem to keep it in the house for more than a day or two which is a very good thing.  The kids are enthralled with this granola and who can blame them? Home made granola is everything I imagined it would be and more. Seriously. Pumpkin and apples and cinnamon and o.k. everything fall flavored is my happy place. 


{I just had an image of Will Ferrel dressed as a school boy in Zoolander  spinning in circles saying "Happy, Happy, Happpppy, Happy....."















Unlike store bought granola, home made turned out much, much well, moister (is that a word? Can granola be moist?) Never mind. It's damn good. Obviously, you can substitute whatever nuts and dried fruits you like in this granola. I also like to add Hemp Hearts, ground flax and/or chia seeds.










A handful of ingredients to gather, change it up to your liking and in 10 minutes your house will smell like a potpourri of Autumn goodies.











Throw the mixed granola onto a stone baking pan for optimal toasting and non sticking.

















YIELDS    4-5 CUPS        TIME    40 MINUTES

Ingredients

2 cups Coach's Oats (or other whole, unrefined oats)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup *real maple syrup
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped, dried apple
1/4 cup pepitas/roasted pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons coconut oil
stone baking pan or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper


Preheat oven to 300F.

In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of your stand mixer with cookie paddle attachment, combine pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil and spices. Mix for 1 minute till combined.  Add remaining ingredients, mix till combined. Spread onto cookie sheet, place in oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until fragrant and toasted, tossing with a spatula once.

Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy with plain, fat free yogurt. 





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15 comments:

  1. What a great recipe for fall! I love this combination. Looks fantastic.

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  2. Chia seeds are my jam. I love homemade granola too! This version is so fall and festive and I've still got a can of pumpkin in my pantry waiting to be used…...

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    1. Aren't they great! Hope you like this.

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  3. This looks amazing Gwen! I must try it! I'm headed in to my Sydney's first grade class next week to make granola - this would be amazing to share! Thank you - your pictures are beautiful, as always :)

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    1. Thanks so much Jessica! I hope the kiddos like it, I know mine did.

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  4. Hi Gwen, yes I think moister is a word, love this combination!

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  5. Love the pumpkin addition to this granola!! My daughter loves granola in her lunchbox, and she and her girlfriends are all about pumpkin lately. Love this!

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  6. I LOVE the smell of homemade granola toasting away -- this sounds delicious! <3

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  7. I love a good granola recipe! And well, pumpkin. That's just a huge plus!

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  8. Ah, the flavors of fall...love it so much!! This sounds delicious!

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  9. I would love to try this for breakfast!

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  10. Oh I love this combination! Would've never though about combining pumpkin with apple :)

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  11. Love love this! Looks so good! I have never added pumpkin before my regular apple granola and I'm definitely trying that next time, such a wonderful idea!

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  12. Oh wow!!! You make it so logical. YES - pumpkin and apple are like mozzarella and tomato, peanutbutter and jam, just a stellar combo!!

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