Homemade Pumpkin Granola

Updated: May 26


One of my favorite ways to enjoy Sunday mornings is with a bowl of sweet and chewy homemade granola. This Fall-inspired pumpkin granola recipe is especially perfect right after Thanksgiving. Do you have any pumpkin puree leftover? This is the best way to use it.

This homemade pumpkin granola is chewy and slightly crunchy, nutty, and full of spices! Best enjoyed with a bowl of your favorite plant-based milk or yogurt. What else can we ask for on a cold morning?

I also love to add it to fruit salads, parfaits, smoothies, oatmeal, and even ice cream! Late night snack? This healthy homemade granola by itself is the perfect evening snack.

What’s more, it’s incredibly nutritious. Without all the extra added sugars from store-bought versions, this easy homemade pumpkin granola has the perfect amount of sweetness and lots of nutrients from the nuts, dried fruit, seeds, oats, and pumpkin puree. Nothing beats a deep and comforting pumpkin flavor!

Details:


Yield: 6 cups

Prep time: 5 min

Cooking time: 40 min

Total time: 45 min


Ingredients:


3 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup pumpkin puree

½ cup maple syrup (or any other liquid sweetener)

½ cup slivered almonds

½ cup walnuts

½ cup dried cranberries or dried cherries

½ cup dried apricots

⅓ pumpkin seeds

1 tsp pumpkin spice

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt


Directions:


1. Preheat oven at 400 F.

2. Roughly chop the walnuts and dried apricots.

3. In a small bowl, mix the pumpkin puree and maple syrup.

4. In a large bowl, add the oats, almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries, and dried apricots. Mix well.

5. Add the mix of pumpkin puree and maple syrup, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix well.

6. Lightly grease a baking dish with vegan butter or coconut oil and pour the mixture.

7. Put it in the oven and cook for 40 min. Stir halfway until browned.


Notes:


- Store in airtight containers at room temperature.

- If you’d like a crunchier version, add 2 tbsp of coconut oil to the mixture before putting the baking dish in the oven.


Approximate cost:


$12.50. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. It does not include seasoning.


Nutrition:


* Pumpkins are loaded with a variety of nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Pumpkin gives you a hefty dose of beta-carotene, which is partially converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A can help your body fight off infections. Recent research has shown that vitamin A is particularly important for strengthening the intestinal lining, making it more resistant to infections. Also, the antioxidants found in pumpkin are important for skin health. These include beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.


*Oats are packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients. They’re rich in carbs and fiber and higher in protein and fat than other grains. Oats are also high in a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and promotes healthy gut bacteria.


*Walnuts provide healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are an excellent source of antioxidants that can help fight oxidative damage in your body, including damage due to “bad” LDL cholesterol. Walnuts are a good source of the plant form of omega-3 fat, which may help reduce heart disease risk. They contain nutrients that may help protect your brain from damaging inflammation and support good brain function as you age.


*Pumpkin seeds are full of antioxidants that may help protect against disease and reduce inflammation. They are rich in magnesium - Healthy magnesium levels are important for your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, as well as heart and bone health. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of tryptophan, zinc, and magnesium — all of which help promote good sleep.


*Dried apricots are a great source of many antioxidants, including beta carotene and vitamins A, C, and E. They are also a good source of soluble fiber, which feeds your healthy gut bacteria and may boost digestive health.

Did you try this delicious and crunchy homemade pumpkin granola recipe? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #everyhealthybite

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