pumpkin spice granola

I'm jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon! I took my favorite granola recipe that I make every week and added some fall-like ingredients. The smell in my house was magnificent and it might just taste even better than the original. I added raw walnuts for their nutritional value. Did you know that they contain more than 100% of the daily recommended value of plant based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese and biotin. 

Remember eating healthy nutrient dense food, doesn't have to be boring. I think it's exciting and really delish!

What you will need

  • 4 cups gluten free granola
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbs pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened tart cherries or favorite dried fruit

How to put it all together

In a bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix together so that everything is incorporated. Melt butter and honey in a separate bowl. I like to do it on a stovetop, but feel free to use the microwave. Pour on to dry ingredients. Make sure to coat mixture well. Place granola onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. This is an important step!!! Granola will stick to the pan without lined cookie sheet. Place in 250 degree oven for 1 hour and leave granola out until completely cooled. it will not get crunchy until then. Add in dried cherries, I wait until the end because cooked dried fruit becomes very hard. Make it your own by adding flame raisins or apricots. Store in an airtight class container. It will keep for 1-2 weeks.