Pumpkin Granola

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!

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Pumpkin Granola

INGRIDIENTS:

  • 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

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Mix together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  3. On a sprayed baking sheet, spread mixture evenly across.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Be careful as nuts tend to burn easily.
  6. Remove from oven and let sit. Mixture will still be soft when it comes out but it will harden as it cools.
  7. ENJOY!! 

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No Bake Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars

I know Summer isn’t over just yet, but I can’t help but dream of hot apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and cozy Netflix & chill nights.

Anyone with me? 😀

So to tame my cravings, I decided it was time to whip up a new version of protein bars!

Making my own bars has been something I’ve been doing for years now since beginning my journey to a healthier me. This way, I know exactly what’s going in them and avoid any strange ingredients.

This recipe is super simple to make and uses only 5 ingredients as the base ~ plus I added Hemp & Pumpkin seeds for some added nutrients!

Fueling your body properly is a HUGE factor for building confidence. I know personally when I wasn’t treating my body with respect ~ I had less energy, I constantly felt tired, and my skin was dull and oily… which of course only made me feel bad about myself.

I struggled a lot with my relationship with food and it wasn’t until I started making my favorite foods in a healthy way that my life truly began to change!

Dates instead of sugar?

Green juice instead of apple juice?

Pink Himalayan Salt instead of table salt?

Who knew such little changes could make such a huge impact!!

With these protein bars you’ll get the boost of energy you’re looking for in a way that supports the waist line.

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No Bake Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C Pitted Medjool Dates, tightly packed
  • 1 C Walnuts
  • 1 C Dried Apple Rings, NO SUGAR ADDED
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 C Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 C Protein Powder
  • Water as needed

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a food processor, add apple rings and blend until they are in small pieces
  2. Remove apples from processor and set aside
  3. Add dates to processor and blend until little pieces form
  4. Add walnuts, Cinnamon, Protein Powder and blend until well combined
  5. Add Pumpkin and Hemp seeds and blend once more until a sticky ball forms
  6. If mixture seems too dry, add water 1 TBSP at a time until a ball forms
  7. Line an 8 in square pan with wax paper and transfer mixture to pan
  8. Evenly spread out the mixture
  9. Place in freezer for at least 20 minutes before cutting into 10 bars
  10. Enjoy!!

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