Pumpkin Pie Granola
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you want to kick off your day with a burst of energy to power you through your day, you’re going to want to do it with plant-foods. Fill up on a clean source of protein, healthy fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals to start your day off right.
Now, to do this, you have many options. You could make a smoothie, a raw cacao banana “ice cream”, a chickpea scramble (recipe coming soon!), banana-almond oatmeal, a creamy polenta-porridge, those chocolate-coconut black bean brownies from last week… the list goes on and on!
I think I skipped one major breakfast food…
Now, I’m not talking that highly processed, heavy-on-the-white-sugar-ed, fiber-lacking, basically candy in a box cereal. Oh no.
I’m talking a whole food, homemade granola that is as nourishing for your body as it is for your soul.
If you’re anything like me, cereal brings feelings of comfort, having grown up eating it almost every day. My dad is a bonafide cereal fiend, which made me one too. Just the thought of sitting down to a sweet bowl of crunchy cereal and letting it soak just enough in the (almond) milk gets me giddy and nostalgic inside.
This granola recipe.
Tastes just like.
The warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg are perfect for a cold winter’s morning. Fill up your bowl, top with almond milk, and dig right in.
This recipe was created and made by Emily Darling. She does some amazing sweet and savory bowls that you’ll be seeing this year. We can’t wait to show you!
Here’s how you put together this masterpiece of a recipe. She prefers her foods less sweet, so feel free to add maple syrup or extra dates to the recipe to make the sweetness right for you.
- 2 cups of oats
- 1-4 dates, depending on your sweet tooth
- 1/4 cup of whole raw almonds
- 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp + 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp of ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 3 tbsp of pumpkin purée
- 1/4 of a very ripe banana
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Finely chop the date or dates. Mix with 1 tablespoon of water until the liquid turns thick. You may do this in a blender as well.
- Mash the banana with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon.
- Combine date paste, banana, and pumpkin.
- Pour wet mixture of pumpkin, banana, and date paste into dry mixture. Stir throughly.
- Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake at 350º for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the sheet from the oven. Let the granola rest to cool and fully harden.
- Top with almond milk and bananas if you like them. Enjoy!
- The sweetness and healthy fat-content is up to you. Feel free to increase the sweetness of the dish with more dates or by topping it with a little real maple syrup. Increase the amount of oats and decrease the amount of nuts if you prefer less (albeit healthy) fat in your recipe.