I’ve had this Pumpkin Spiced Granola up my sleeve for a while, but I wasn’t quite sure what to write about it. It hit me yesterday; I finally figured out exactly why I love this granola. Apart from being utterly delicious, the real reason why I love it is because I can eat it in my car.

Yesterday I tweeted* that I eat more meals in my car than anywhere else. I’m here to tell you that that is a fact. I tend to eat my lunch on the way to class from my internship or from class heading to my internship. However today, I ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in my car – while driving. And this granola was part of all of those meals. It’s an easy thing to munch on while driving, every time I stop at a red light, I can grab a handful of granola. Plus it packs a nutritious punch – lots of nuts and seeds in there for that protein which is pretty important when constantly on the go. While this granola isn’t enough for lunch itself, it’s a good start. I like to pack a bunch of things in my lunchbox – I’ll show you all soon!

*Can’t believe I just said “tweeted”. All my friends know I can’t stand the word “tweet”. No.

Pumpkin Spiced Granola
Recipe by Lou

Ingredients

3 cups toasted oats (toast for 15 minutes at 375 degrees)
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Preheat oven to 250.

In a large bowl, combine toasted oats, almonds, coconut, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and cranberries.

In a small saucepan, bring pumpkin puree, vanilla, canola oil, maple syrup, honey and spices to a boil.

Remove from heat and stir into dry ingredients. Stir in toasted oats.

Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and press the granola mixture into pan.

Bake for 30 minutes at 250, then turn the heat down to 200 and cook for another 2 hours.

Remove from oven and allow to cool before breaking up and storing in an airtight container.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who eats meals in the car? If you’re like me, definitely pack this Pumpkin Spiced Granola along for the drive.

- Lou

 

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