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Healthy Breakfast: Best Vegan Pumpkin Granola

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pumpkin granola

Granola was one of the first things my mother taught me to bake.  I’ve since learned her recipe by heart and make it frequently. I love the ritual of stirring the oats every few minutes until they’re just the right golden-brown.  A batch of granola in the oven fills the kitchen with a lovely scent.  The warmth of cinnamon air is ever comforting.

Like many Fall-enthuaists, I’m finding ways to add pumpkin to anything I can.  I’ve modified my mother’s classic recipe to include some of our favorite autumn gourd.  Pumpkin granola makes a wonderful seasonal gift—and a sweet, healthy treat for yourself! I’ll be enjoying mine with a splash of almond milk.

Best Vegan Pumpkin Granola

Ingredients:

(Makes about 8 cups)

7 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup chopped walnuts

3 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. pumpkin spice

¼ tsp. nutmeg

2/3 cup natural, gooey sweetener of choice (I like coconut nectar because it’s low glycemic.  Maple syrup works well, too).

½ cup coconut oil (warmed to its liquid state)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup pumpkin puree

Optional add-ins (mix in dried fruit and wheat germ after you’re finished baking):

Handfuls of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, toasted wheat germ, dried fruit, shredded coconut, etc.

Directions:

Preheat oven at 250 degrees.

In a large, oven-safe baking dish, mix dry ingredients (oats, spices, chopped walnuts). In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (sweetener, warmed coconut oil, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree).  Pour mixed wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir to coat evenly.

Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until oats are golden-brown.  Important: be sure to stir your batch every 5-10 minutes to ensure even baking.

Allow granola to cool before storing it.

More healthy breakfast ideas: Hidden Superfood Porridge

Mini Tofu Quiche with Broccoli

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Photo: Mary Hood

Mary Hood Luttrell

Mary Hood Luttrell

Beauty Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.
Mary Hood Luttrell

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