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Super Pumpkin Granola

hemp granola
This granola isn’t called “super” by accident. It’s got delicious pumpkin spice flavor, but it comes with super foods like chia and hemp. I used maple syrup both for the flavor and because it doesn’t cause a blood sugar spike like regular sugar (but feel free to sub honey or brown sugar, if you want – they’d taste delicious, too).

granola pepitas

About the Ingredients
If you’re not familiar with hemp or chia, they’re two types of amazing seeds that are chock full of nutrition. Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, and hemp seeds are full of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Both can be purchased at health food stores, and maybe even your regular grocery store since they’ve gotten to popular. I also threw in pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, to up the pumpkin vibe and add some crunch.

About the Granola – Fat Content
This makes a crunchy, drier granola that I love on yogurt – I don’t see the point in adding additional fat when I’m eating it on whole milk yogurt. However, if you’d like a slightly richer, more buttery granola, swap out a couple of tablespoons of the pumpkin purée for butter.

Super Pumpkin Granola

Ingredients:

1 T. butter
1 c. pumpkin purée*
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. maple syrup (or honey or brown cane sugar)
1/4 t. each - ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cloves
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. sea salt
3 T. chia seeds
1/4 c. hemp seeds
1/2. c. pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
3 c. rolled oats

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300.
1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the pumpkin, vanilla, and maple syrup.
2. Add the spices and salt to the liquid. Stir well to dissolve.
3. Stir the seeds and oats into the liquid.
4. Spread the granola over a parchment covered or lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until granola is crispy. I've noticed the cooking time varies greatly because the water content of pumpkin purée can be so different.

*I used homemade pumpkin purée, which has a higher water content. If your granola looks really dry at step 3, add a splash of water or another spoonful of pumpkin.

 

 

   

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