If you’ve never tried making your own granola before ~ YOU’RE MISSING OUT.
Granola is super simple to make, takes roughly 20 minutes TOTAL, and when you make it yourself you’re avoiding all the extra added sugar that store bought granola usually has.
Every time I go grocery shopping I’m always looking for something healthy to snack on. My staples are typically fruit, dried fruit (no sugar added), veggies & hummus, and sometimes I go for some good gluten free crackers or pretzels for when I’m craving something crunchy. It never fails though that I go to the granola section hoping to get my hands on something with little to no sugar. But never the less, I’m always disappointed to find most store bought granolas are sweetened with cane sugar.
So I looked into how to make my own granola and turns out ~ it’s actually REALLY easy.
By using pure maple syrup as my sweetener, I can cut back on a lot of the grams of sugar than just using regular sugar. YES, maple syrup does contain sugar, but it’s about 2/3 the amount of regular sugar and it also comes with nutrients! It is loaded with calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and manganese.
So while it is true that you’re not cutting out all of the sugar from your granola ~ at least you can have some peace of mind that you know exactly what’s going in it and reap some health benefits from it as well!
And now that fall has arrived and I’ve been craving all things pumpkin ~ I decided it was time to make a delicious Pumpkin Granola!
For this recipe I used almonds and walnuts to give it a nice warm nutty flavor, then added pumpkin seeds cause, duhh. Mix them together with oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and coconut oil and we’ve got ourselves a delicious fall breakfast!
Top it on your yogurt or smoothie, mix it with your oats or pancakes, or have it straight up with some almond milk!
Whatever you decide, the outcome will be delicious!
- 2 C Rolled Oats
- 1/2 C Almond Slices
- 1/2 C Walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 C Pumpkin Seeds
- 3 TBSP Pure Maple Syrup
- 2 TBSP Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/4 C Pumpkin Puree
- 1 TSP Cinnamon
- 1 TSP Pumpkin Spice
- 1/4 TSP Pink Salt
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Mix together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- On a sprayed baking sheet, spread mixture evenly across.
- Bake for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Be careful as nuts tend to burn easily.
- Remove from oven and let sit. Mixture will still be soft when it comes out but it will harden as it cools.
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