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skip the boxed stuff: homemade chocolate & pumpkin spice granola

I loooove me some granola!

I love it with yogurt {all varieties but especially sheep, goat, and greek}, granola with almond, hemp or coconut milk or a handful for a snack when I’m on the go.

What I don’t like, is buying boxed granola that often contains too many ingredients for my liking {added sugars and such} and costs too much money.

I am so happy to share this recipe with you and hope that you will take a few minutes to whip up your own batch so you can see just how easy it is. You can play around with ingredients and the amounts of each ingredient. Please, use whatever you might have in your kitchen and have some fun with it!


Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Granola 

granola

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups oats {whole, rolled oats}
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/8 cup ground flaxseeds
  • approximately 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • approximately 1/2 cup agave nectar, although that isn’t my favourite choice. I usually prefer maple syrup, or honey.
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon + for this batch I used about 1 tsp of Pumpkin Spice that I had in my pantry

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Portion coconut oil into a small glass bowl and set on top of the oven. As the oven warms up this will liquify your coco oil.
  3. Add all of your dry ingredients except the raisins {or any other dried fruit} in a medium sized bowl. 
  4. Drizzle your sweetener {maple syrup, agave, honey, etc.} + coconut oil on the mixture. Stir well to combine.
  5. Grease a baking pan with a bit of coconut oil then add the mixture to the pan. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes. Don’t burn this beauty mixture, but you want to keep it in their long enough to  dehydrate it.
  6. Once it is cooked to your liking and lightly browned, remove from the oven. Add in your raisins {or any other dried fruit of choice} and let cool.
  7. When it is cooled, add to a glass container or mason jar and store at room temperature.

close up granola


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vegan roasted apple + pumpkin butter

for those of you who had an extra long weekend – I hope you are back to your work week feeling rested + motivated today!

today’s recipe is a really easy-peasy and packs some serious flavour + it can be enjoyed as an addition to almost meal or snack.

so here is a vegan roasted apple + pumpkin butter (YUM) that I found courtesy of this website.


 

the recipe made a lot more than this little mason jar, so don’t be fooled.


Ingredients: 

  • three apples (preferably organic)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (OR as much as you like, I love cinnamon!)

Directions:

  1. set oven to 400 degrees.
  2. halve + core your apples. place on a baking sheet and place in oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender (or food processor).

I enjoyed mine several different ways…..

  • with some sprouted grain bread, toasted
  • mixed in with some oatmeal
  • added to a smoothie
  • dipped some fruit + crackers (my fav – Mary’s Organics)
  • ate it on it’s own for a snack with some chia seeds

there is clearly no shortage of ways to enjoy this tasty treat!

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