Happy Monday, everyone!!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I slept in for the first time in ages on Saturday morning and woke up to the glorious feeling that that time last Saturday, I was running a marathon–and now it’s all over! So I spent most of the weekend getting a little Christmas shopping done, working out inside (Barre3!), and getting some much needed couch time in. Lord of the Rings marathon, anyone?
I also spent most of Sunday in the kitchen, making pie for Thanksgiving, cookies for a cookie exchange at work, and lusting over this granola. Such my running season is over, I’ve decided to take a break from my usual daily smoothie and start branching out in the breakfast world. I mean, it was 18 degrees when I woke up on Sunday and with the wind chill, felt like 9. Not exactly smoothie weather, anyway!
This past week, I’ve been eating mostly packaged oatmeal, but have been really missing my usual plain Greek yogurt fix. Plus, I have a ridiculously sensitive stomach, so I’ll take all the friendly bacteria I can get. So since I was making pumpkin pie anyway, I figured why not just throw in a little of the puree into some granola and have yogurt + pumpkin granola all week!
I used to eat Trader Joe’s apple cinnamon granola with their vanana (vanilla + banana) yogurt pretty much every day in college, and I feel like now is the perfect time to harken back to those days with a little homemade granola. Plus it’s super easy too–10 minutes of hands-on time (if that) and 60 minutes of baking. Easy!
Easy Pumpkin Granola
Makes 8-10 servings
3 cups oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flaxseeds, ground
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
Combine oats, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds and mix well.
Stir in pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Stir until evenly distributed.
Spread granola mixture evenly on two baking sheets.
Place in oven and bake for about an hour, stirring occasionally to ensure even browning.
Remove from oven, transfer to a large bowl, and stir in raisins.
Time: 70 minutes.