Grounding Granola

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Happy Halloween lovers! On this cool night where the witches, goblins, and ghouls are out to seek tricks or treats, I have a very special treat for you: a scrumptious recipe to envelop you into the comfort of this season (let’s think cozy thoughts). After all, it is the season for pumpkins so let’s get familiar with the awesome sexy fruit and pumpkinize our granola.

What You Need: 

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin raw organic coconut oil (or grass-fed butter)
  • 3 tablespoons grade b maple syrup (sorry Aunt Jemima)
  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix, you want 100% pumpkin)
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut chips (I prefer the chips, larger and crunchier after baking)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, and blanched almonds
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

How You Make It: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Let’s go low and slow ya’ll.
  2. While your oven preheats, in a medium sized saucepan combine the coconut oil or butter with the maple syrup and pumpkin puree.
  3. Bring to a low simmer and stir in oats. Mix and coat oats completely.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and stir.
  5. Smooth the mixture onto a baking sheet and flatten to create an even surface.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes on the top rack. Be sure to stir half way to ensure an even cook and crispiness. We love it when it’s crispy and crunchy!
  7. Enjoy 🙂

Why Pumpkin: 

  • Pumpkins are currently in season. Eating seasonally is the key to ultimate well being. It’s great to keep you grounded, comforted, and besides, it’s a great way to support farmers. You can even head on over to your closest pumpkin patch to pick your own!
  • They give your digestive system a big boost. It’s high in fiber which helps stimulate digestion and keep everything smooth and lubricated down there (if you know what I mean- and I mean your intestines and all that jazz)
  • It’s loaded with antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. And it even contains a great source of B vitamins, which you need to support your energy, keep your hair sexy and luscious and ultimately keeps your body functioning at it best.

Get even more amazing info about the nutritional benefits of pumpkin here.

Peace, love and no beef!


Just a note, this was inspired by Sarah Wilson’s version. Her sugar free version is to die for, but I adore this combo and have practically already eaten the entire batch! 


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