Who doesn’t love pumpkin? I am all about this wonderful flavor, and will eat it any time of the year. However, many people tend to only think of pumpkin during this Fall season, when we celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s the lure of pumpkin carving, Jack-o-lanterns, and pumpkin pie? Did you know that pumpkin is a very nutrient-dense food? It is full of many vitamins and minerals, all while being low in calories. So, why not think about it all year? I think you may reconsider the use of this delicious, plump, orange plant when you see this yummy pumpkin granola recipe. I use this to top off all kinds of delicious foods, like crepes, waffles, fruit and yogurt bowls, and more.
This is just one of many ways to use pumpkin in your cooking. There are so many other creative ways pumpkin can be incorporated into any meal, including desserts, soups, salads and preserves. Did you know that it can even be used as a substitute for butter? Try out this recipe, or feel free to share some of your own favorite pumpkin meals, recipes and foods. Don’t forget to check out one of my favorite pumpkin recipes, Pumpkin Waffles, from my earlier blog.
A friendly reminder…be careful when buying pumpkin. Look for the 100% pumpkin, as pumpkin pie filling is often loaded with added sugars.
Read this article from Medical News Today to learn more about this great food.
As always, eat well and be merry!!
Pumpkin Granola Recipe:
3 cups oats
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 individual size cup of apple sauce (no added sugar)
3 Tbsp. molasses
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
3-5 tsps. pumpkin pie spice (based on individual preference)
Add in options: dried cranberries, raisins, cashews, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, vanilla, pecans, walnuts
Mix everything together really well. Bake at 300 degrees for about 70-80 minutes. Keep a careful eye on the granola, and stir a few times. It will harden a bit as it cools. You will most likely also have to break it up once it cools down. It may look burnt when done, but that is just from the pumpkin, molasses and spices.