Pumpkin Spice Granola

It’s already Fall! Can you believe it? Time sure flies when you’re busy enjoying work and having fun with family and friends. I have a few Fall favourites and this recipe is one of them! It’s simple, nutritious and delicious! With the healthy fats from the coconut flakes, protein from the pumpkin seed and pecans, the fiber from the rolled oats, the sweetness of the dates and honey, and the kick from the pumpkin spice, you are sure to start your day the right way if you eat this! If you have been watching my insta-stories, then you would have seen at least one variation of my homemade honey granola. This one is the Fall version, I hope you fall in love with it! 😉

Pumpkin Spice Granola
Yield: 6 cups
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup organic coconut flakes
  2. 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  3. 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  4. 2 cups organic old fashioned rolled oats
  5. 2 Tbsp pumpkin spice
  6. 1/4 cup organic honey
  7. pinch of sea salt
  8. 1/2 cup medjool or deglet noor dates, pitted & chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Layer the coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, pecan pieces and rolled oats on the prepared tray.
  4. Mix and place in the oven. Bake for 7 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, chop the dates and set aside.
  6. Using an oven mitt, take the hot tray out of the oven and sprinkle the pumpkin spice all over.
  7. Drizzle the honey all over the granola and place the tray back in the oven and bake for another 7 minutes.
  8. Being very careful, take the hot tray out again. Using a spatula, mix the granola up to ensure that the honey has covered it all.
  9. Place the tray back in the oven once more for another 7 minutes.
  10. Remove the tray out of the oven for the last time. (At this point, you may feel tempted to put the granola back in the oven as it will still feel soft. To do so will lead to burning, so don't do that!)
  11. Sprinkle sea salt and add the dates. Mix and let cool. (Once it cools, it will harden and feel like a normal granola mix!)
  12. Place in a mason jar for storage. It can last for up to one week.
  13. Eat, Share & Enjoy! 🙂
Great Tip!
  1. After the oven is cooled, you can leave the tray of granola mixture overnight to "dehydrate" them further for a crispier granola mix. Just make sure you don't forget to take the granola out before you use the oven again!
  2. Do not jar up the granola until it has completely cooled; otherwise, it will soften up and taste a bit stale.
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♥Nutritional Content and Health Benefits

Rolled oats are packed not only with dietary fiber (to keep you satiated for longer periods) but also with minerals such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. And if those minerals aren’t enough, they are also rich in Vitamin E, flavonoids and carotenoids. 

Coconut flakes are a good source of healthy saturated fats and has some iron and phosphorus content.

Pumpkin seeds are also rich in magnesium and manganese as well as copper and zinc. They contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that help combat free-radicals.

Pecans are a rich source of vitamin C & B complex, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium, selenium and zinc. They are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid with are an excellent source of phenolic antioxidants.

Pumpkin spice is usually a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. These spices are packed with antioxidants, fiber, B vitamins and minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc.

Honey is full of antioxidants, vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin and thiamine. Yes, it is still a form of natural sugar so it’s best to eat in moderation. 

Dates are rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin K, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.

Overall, this homemade pumpkin spice granola can aid in better digestion, boosts energy, lower blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar and may even help prevent various forms of cancer. It is good for brain, heart, liver and immune health. So what are you waiting for? Go try this recipe out! 

 Happy Eating! 🙂

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