I’m jumping on the pumpkin everything bandwagon this Fall season, and here's another delicious way to incorporate it into your life.
The nutrition in this recipe is great for supporting your immune system and reducing inflammation. It also contains a lot of heart healthy fat.
Pumpkin spice granola is full of immune-boosting antioxidants! Pumpkin is known for being packed with beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A not only maintains a healthy immune system overall, it also keeps mucous membranes in top form. The Vitamin E in the sunflower seeds is also a powerful antioxidant and plays an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
The ginger and cinnamon in the pumpkin pie spice pack a nutrition punch. Cinnamon is studied for its numerous health benefits, including helping blood glucose levels. Ginger is high in antioxidants and known to reduce inflammation.
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup coconut oil
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (to stay Paleo, use non-imitation vanilla or vanilla bean powder)
1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or ½ teaspoon each ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Combine the seeds and coconut flakes in a large bowl.
3. Melt the coconut oil over low heat in a small saucepan. When coconut oil is melted, remove from the heat and add the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla, spices, and sea salt and whisk together until smooth.
4. Pour the spiced pumpkin mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix until well coated.
5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Spread the granola evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes.
6. Stir every 15 minutes or so to be sure the granola is cooking evenly and not burning. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool completely.
7. Once cool add the dried fruit and transfer to an airtight container until ready to serve.
Enjoy this delicious, Paleo-friendly recipe!
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods
Recipe courtesy of Natural Grocers Healthy and Delicious Recipes.