Granola can be eaten as a snack on its own, tossed in a lunch box for an addition to a healthy lunch, mixed with milk instead of sugar-filled breakfast cereal, or layered with homemade yogurt and fruit for a fabulous DIY breakfast parfait.
Store bought granola can be loaded with added sugar, fat, and ingredients you just don’t need. Be VERY careful when using packaged granola, the serving size is usually small with a high calorie content per serving. This granola is sweetened with no added sugar, adds protein-packed nuts, and includes whole grains and vitamins from the oats. Need gluten free? Make this with GF oats. You can feel confident that you are choosing a healthy option when eating this and feeding it to your family. Most importantly, you know what is in it, and it is vegetarian and delicious.
Make this on the weekend or evening when you are not busy, store it in a glass jar for up to 2 weeks, and you have it ready to go on busy mornings or after school snack time. Customize it by adding different nuts, coconut, and even raisins. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Seed Granola
Homemade, vegetarian, DIY, pumpkin seed granola with fresh oats, nuts, and no added sugar!
1cupraw quartered pecansor sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, or raw sunflower seeds
3cupsOrganic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oatsuse gluten free oats for GF Granola
3/4cupraw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 cupmelted unrefined coconut oil
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Heat oven to 375 degrees
Mix 1/4 cup maple syrup with pecans (or other nut of your choice) until nuts are coated in syrup
Combine oats, pumpkin seeds, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, oil, and remaining maple syrup in a bowl, stir
Spread oat/pumpkin seed mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Bake for 7-10 minutes, remove from oven and gently stir the granola mixture rotating the center ingredients towards the edges of the pan to ensure even baking. Return to oven for an additional 7-10 minutes, repeat this process again one more time if necessary until the edges of the oats are golden brown.
Remove from oven, spread reserved nuts from step 2 over top of your granola, place back in oven and bake an additional 10 minutes or until granola is golden brown, watch carefully not to overcook and burn. Remove from oven and gently mix while still in pan, let cool on pan, and enjoy!
recipe from my dear friend, Sussi, passed down from her family and originally adapted from a NYT recipe, thank you!
drizzle with water after removing from oven if you like your granola clumpy
any nuts will do here but adjust cooking times to not burn your mixture
As pictured, this granola was made with Trader Joe's US-made maple syrup, organic oats, and pecans