Tis the season for pumpkin everything, right? I decided to add a little spice to my morning (pumpkin spice that is) with some fall flavored granola. It was incredibly easy and turned out delicious, so I thought I’d share it with you today!
I received a bag of hemp hearts courtesy of Manitoba Harvest, so I used one of their basic granola recipes as a starting point for my pumpkin spice creation.
I’d never used hemp hearts before, but I’ve heard wonderful things about them. They have a great nutty taste and pack 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas per serving, plus they’re low carb. A perfect granola addition!
To make this granola pumpkin spice flavored, obviously we need pumpkin! I just used a can of Libby’s pumpkin puree (make sure you don’t accidentally grab pie filling) along with some pumpkin pie spice, honey, coconut oil, and brown sugar.
It’s up to you how long you want to bake it. I let it bake for 1 hour and it was dry, but still not too hard and crunchy. Just the way I like it! Add or subtract time based on your granola preference.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola
4 Cups old fashioned oats
3/4 Cup raw sunflower nuts
3/4 Cup raw sliced almonds
3/4 Cup raw pecan pieces
3/4 Cup Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
2 Cups pumpkin puree
1/4 Cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 Cup brown sugar
Combine oats and nuts in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a sauce pan and wisk together on medium/low heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour into oat mixture and mix until fully coated. Spread onto baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat mat. Place in 325 degree oven for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and pack granola down tightly on baking sheet to cool. Store in sealed container up to 1 week.
If you’d like to try Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts for yourself, you can receive a 20% discount off your order using the code HHSweatPink14! (expires 11/30/14) Let me know what you think!
Have you ever made homemade granola?
Are you a pumpkin fanatic, or are you ready to see it go?
*I was provided a bag of hemp hearts courtesy of Manitoba Harvest through my partnership with Sweat Pink.