It’s pumpkin pie season! Raise your hand if you’re ready for Thanksgiving. I know I am. One of our Thanksgiving table staples growing up was pumpkin pie. I’ve learned recently that many people don’t actually eat pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. And of those who eat it, many seem to do so grudgingly. Pumpkin pie isn’t just a staple for me, I think it’s absolutely delicious! I look forward to it every year and think a Thanksgiving table without it isn’t complete. But that’s just me. For my fellow pumpkin pie fans out there, here’s something to tide you over – a Healthy Pumpkin Pie Granola Recipe!
As long time readers know, I love to make oil-free granola thanks to fruit based mixtures with applesauce or canned pumpkin. This Healthy Pumpkin Pie Granola Recipe is made with the latter. Toss in a little pumpkin pie spice, and you get a delicious breakfast granola.
I thought about just adding pepitas (pumpkin seeds), which seemed like the obvious crunchy ingredient, but the pecans add a nice, buttery taste to the mix. I know pecans aren’t traditionally in pumpkin pie, but just go with it. It’s worth adding the pecans in for the texture and flavor.
And about that texture, the optional brown rice syrup will help give this granola a stickiness and chewiness that I really enjoy. I love when the granola clusters up a bit, so I do recommend adding that extra ingredient to this Healthy Pumpkin Pie Granola Recipe. Brown rice syrup is great for many recipes (including this healthy coconut macaroon one).
- 2 cups rolled old fashioned oats
- ½ cup chopped pecans, chopped
- ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed, optional
- 1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup, optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients oats, pepitas, flaxseed (if using), and pumpkin pie spice, and stir to mix well.
- In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients canned pumpkin, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, additional sweetener (if using), vanilla, and salt and stir with a whisk to mix well.
- Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until wet mixture is evenly distributed.
- Pour granola mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread to an even layer.
- Bake, stirring every 15 minutes for 45-60 minutes, or until granola is browned to preference.
- Set aside to cool to room temperature. Serve with yogurt or milk.
Here are some other recipes you may enjoy:
Check out these healthy pumpkin recipes featured over at Women’s Health Mag – one of them is from The Chic Life!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the recipes!
I hosted one of my favorite themed dance fitness classes last night – a Zumba Glow Party!
My team and I arrived a little over an hour before class started to set up our class room with uv-reactive decorations and blacklights! My goal with these parties is to make each party a little better than the previous. The blacklights aren’t cheap, so I’m slowly collecting a new one here or there. Same with the decorations. I’m hoping to accumulate a great stash of Zumba Glow Party goodies over time.
This year, I added:
- A giant Zumba letter-logo on the wall – I cut the letters out of neon poster board that I purchased at Michaels. I Googled the Zumba logo and tried to draw it out on the poster board and then cut-along the sketch lines.
- I used the leftover pieces of poster board to make some abstract shapes, which we spread out around the room on the walls.
- Shapes on the floor – these were made with Gaffer tape, which I purchased from Amazon.com. I got a 4-pack by DirectGlow. The green isn’t very bright, but the yellow, pink, and orange were very nice.
- New make-up – I purchased some uv-reactive make-up from Amazon.com. It didn’t glow as bright as I’d like from the stage (not sure if class could see it), but I’m still glad I got it. There are a few sets on Amazon, and some are pretty pricey. I went with this one by Diamond FX since it was $18.50 and had free shipping.
Here are some photos from our Zumba Glow Party from October 2014:
We had so much fun! We’re doing another Zumba Glow Party to celebrate New Years, so we get to enjoy this party again soon. Can’t wait!
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