That’s a mouthful. Of delicious flavors all mixed together in one crunchy bite.
This granola is not extremely sweet, but that’s just the way I like it. What rocks about this granola is the clusters. Hands down my favorite part. I usually eat my granola with Greek yogurt or almond milk. Both excellent choices in my opinion!
- -1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- -1/4 cup organic cane sugar
- -1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- -1/4 cup maple syrup
- -2.5 cups rolled oatmeal, gluten free
- -1/2 cup dried cherries, unsweetened (dried cranberries will work too!)
- -1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- -1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- -2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- First, preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, cane sugar, coconut oil, pumpkin pie spice, sand maple syrup. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients. Make sure everything is evenly coated.
- Spread granola onto baking sheet ( you may need to use 2 baking sheets) and bake for about 20 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, take the granola out of the oven and toss with a wooden spoon to ensure that everything bakes evenly. You know the granola is done with things start to turn golden brown.
Store the granola in an airtight container, preferably in a dark place. It should last up to 2 weeks. I think… Mine didn’t even last a week because I ate it all. #sorryimnotsorry .
You should all check out Minimalist Baker’s Sweet Potato Granola…just divine.
Story Time I do this thing..where I drink cup after cup of coffee in the morning completely ignoring the fact that sometimes it is before lunch or even late afternoon that I have had any water. Subconsciously my mind thinks liquid = water. False. I know this because dehydration is something I’ve struggled with a few times now and you don’t want to play games with it. On Monday nights I teach a 6:45 class at Corepower. My class is heated and high intensity. As an instructor I burn around 650 calories during that hour (and I don’t actually do the entire class), just to give you an idea. On my way to class, I realized…shit, I haven’t had any water today. I got to the studio and guzzled some water hoping that would do the trick. hoping. I felt good the entire class (most of I should say). We did a tabata during the cardio section which was composed of plyometrics. I was feeling great during the bicep and pushup series and even squats. Thennnnn the 45 minute mark hit. I like to push myself to my limits during class because i know that challenges my students. But too much is too much. I was wrapping up my sculpt series when I bent down to grab my water bottle and WOOSH. My vision started going and it felt like my lungs collapsed. I new exactly what was happening because it’s happened before…just never when I was the teacher. The mixture of no water in my body, the humidity, heat, and high intensity exercise made me get so light headed I felt like I was going to pass out. Black out pass out. At this point, I think I was more scared of the fact that I was the instructor. If I go down, what the hell will happen to my class? What will they do? How will they react? Thankfully I kept my cool. Kept my head above my heart and stayed in the room like I tell my class to do if this happens. I drank as much water as I had left and sat on my mat like a zombie still trying to coach my class through the core series. I focused on my breath and prayed to god I wasn’t going to puke my brains out in the middle of the studio. Thankfully a few minutes went by and I started to feel color coming back into my face. I knew this was a good sign because I could also see straight again. After class no one said a thing about my incident because they didn’t notice. Phew. My lesson has been learned. Drink the dang water. Drink drink drink. I don’t want to have to go through that petrifying experience again because it’s not worth it. It’s not worth almost being humiliated and it’s not worth the fact that I also felt like crap the rest of the night. So my words of wisdom to you: “Coffee is not water.”