Fabulous Pumpkin Quinoa Granola

I absolutely love granola, so much so that this is my third granola post, check out the other two here and here.  Now that fall is in full force, I was obviously craving pumpkin!  I can’t say enough how easy, inexpensive and healthier it is to make your own granola.  It’s perfect to bake up on a Sunday afternoon and your house will smell amazing!

I found this amazing recipe on Skinny Taste.  She has some fabulous recipes, so be sure to check out her website here.
pumpkin granola
Yields about 3 1/2 cups

1/4 cup dry quinoa
1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
1/4 cup unsalted pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup unsalted pecan pieces
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/4 cup organic honey, pure maple syrup or agave
1/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the dry quinoa and oats.  Bake for 10 minutes, stirring once.

Remove from oven and add to a large bowl.  Stir in pepitas, pecans, flaxseeds and cranberries.  Reduce oven temperature to 300F.

In a medium bowl, combine honey, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt.  Pour this over the oats and mix well with a spatula.  Spread onto baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes stirring once half way though.  Remove from oven, let cool and store in an airtight container.

Remember, granola is not meant to be eaten like a big bowl of cereal.  It generally has nuts and is higher in fat.  A serving is typically 1/4 to 1/3 cup.  Add milk or yogurt and your favourite fruit to top it off and make a complete meal!

Nutritional Info for 1/3 cup
139 Calories, 21g Carbs, 6g Fat, 5g Protein, 10mg Sodium, 8g Sugar

2 Comments

  • wholefoodrunner October 4, 2013 at 5:35 am

    This looks delicious! I love making my own granola – it’s so much better (tasting & for you) than it is from the store. Iw ill have to give this one a try.

    Reply
    • thehappyhealthfreak October 4, 2013 at 8:54 am

      I agree! The pumpkin is a nice flavour 🙂 Let me know how it goes!!!

      Reply

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