pumpkin granola

it’s pumpkin season!!! so i like granola and i like pumpkins so when i saw this on PaleOMG and i HAD to try it. of course i made some tweaks to it. hopefully y’all will enjoy it as much as we did! it’s a perfect snack OR you can add coconut or almond milk to eat it like cereal. OM NOM! ….you also get the added bonus of filling your home with a holiday pumpkin scent…until the smelly puppy starts farting. :/

ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 8-10 dried dates, pits removed, then chopped
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (i’ve read in some places this isn’t paleo but i still think it is. you can use maple syrup or honey instead if you don’t believe in agave.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of salt

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. in a large mixing bowl, mix the wet ingredients (pumpkin puree, coconut oil, agave nectar, and vanilla extract) and all spices.
  3. add the nuts, seeds, and dates.
  4. place parchment paper on a large baking sheet and pour your granola mixture on top. make sure to spread out the mixture evenly so everything will cook evenly.
  5. place in oven and cook for 30-40 minutes, moving the granola around half way through to be sure it doesn’t burn.
  6. add the dried cranberries and mix.
  7. LET COOL so it will harden up — i HATE waiting so this was the hardest part!
  8. eat all by itself or top it off with coconut milk, almond milk, or even dairy milk (if you do that).
  9. enjoy the crap out of this pumpkin goodness.

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