This gluten free pumpkin granola has been my go to snack food for the past few days! I seriously cannot keep my hand out of the granola jar. If you know me, you know that I have
almost no control over granola. So I like to make my granola at home. That way I can control the ingredients, and I can be sure that it won’t upset Dave’s stomach. Because he love’s to add granola to his yogurt and sweet potato bowls (recipe coming soon). Did I mention this pumpkin granola is gluten free, vegan, low fat and so simple to make? You only need one bowl to mix it up 🙂 Easy peasy!
I remember when I first started eating healthy. I would granola everywhere on healthy living blogs. So naturally, I started buying granola at the store. As I learned more about how to read nutritional labels, I figured out that granola was very calorie dense (lots of calories for a small amount), so granola became more of a luxury item in my diet instead of the staple it was in the beginning. This is mostly because I can’t stop at one serving. If you read the label, most granola is about 1/4 cup. I was eating 1 cup at a time. That was making my granola habit a bit un-healthy!
I started experimenting in the kitchen and have lots of version of granola over the years. Most homemade granola recipes I see online have quite a bit of honey or maple syrup and have oats as a base. I found that puffed rice (affiliate link) is a great replacement for the oats. The puffed rice is only about 50 calories per cup, so it’s great for people like me that can’t seem to keep their hands out of the granola jar!
What makes this granola extra special and festive? The pumpkin of course!! Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie puree) (affiliate link) and pumpkin spice make this granola the perfect topping for yogurt or to mix in with your favorite nuts for a homemade trail mix that’s perfect for outdoor fall activities (have you check anything off your list yet?)!. You can also make pumpkin spice trail mix bars that would pair perfectly with this gluten free pumpkin granola! I’m all about packing yummy snacks to fuel fall adventures, and kids love granola. It’s the perfect fuel before practice or a big game.
I added lightly sweetened cranberries and pumpkin seeds to this granola after it was done baking. I love these flavors together. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are full of vitamins and nutrients? Be sure to buy unsalted raw pumpkin seeds. Did you know that many women are lacking in magnesium? Well one-forth cup of pumpkin seeds provides about half the daily value of magnesium, so find new ways to add pumpkin seeds into your diet. Pumpkin seeds are also full of zinc, which can help with the release of progesterone, which is essential in regulating a woman’s cycle. Interested in more? Check out this article on balancing hormones with seed cycling! It’s very interesting!
Back to the granola. I’m going to warn you, you might want to make a double batch if there is anyone else in the house that also loves granola, because it goes quick!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Granola
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds, pumpkin puree and water. Mix well!
- Add to this mixture the maple syrup, coconut oil, pumpkin spide, cinnamon, salt and 1 packet of stevia.
- Mix well.
- Add the 5 cups of puffed rice and 3 tbs of hemp hearts. Stir to coat all of the rice.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Spray lightly with coconut oil.
- Pour granola mixture on the prepared pan. Distribute the granola as well as possible so there aren't any large mounds of granola.
- Place in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir with a spoon, breaking up the large clumps. Add the packet of stevia and stir.
- Place back in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Add pumpkin seeds and dried cranberry when you remove the mixture from the oven.
What about you?
- What’s on your fall adventure list for this weekend?
- Granola? Love it? Hate it?
- Do you ever make your own trail mix or granola? What’s your favorite flavor combo?