Friday, October 24, 2014

Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Granola


I have a complicated relationship with granola. I love making it and eating it. Way too much. So really I should NEVER make it, because it's one of those foods for which I have trouble setting limits. But then I love it so much I always want to try out new variations to share.

So I made this and it was so good that I promptly told the cave man to hide it. I did some serious damage just picking it off the baking sheet! Since I'm a granola addict and love all things pumpkin, clearly this was a potentially dangerous concoction to create.

Naturally I had to share the results ;)

You can use any combination of grain-free options for the bulk of the granola. I was out of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or would have definitely included them. Instead I went with pecan pieces, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes and almond meal. I stirred in some juice-sweetened cranberries after baking.

I also used a combination of palm sugar and honey for sweetness; I love the combination of the two, but either would work alone as would maple syrup.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Granola 

4 cups total of any combination of the following:
chopped nuts, seeds, shredded or flaked coconut, almond meal, ground flax, hulled hemp hearts
1 tbs. pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbs. coconut oil or olive oil
1/2 cup canned organic pumpkin
1/2 cup total natural sweetener (I used palm sugar & raw honey)
1 tbs. vanilla extract
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 250. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Either microwave or heat on the stovetop (over low heat) the oil, pumpkin, sweetener and vanilla. This will allow the oil to melt and make the pumpkin easier to mix in.

Mix liquid ingredients into dry ones in bowl. Stir in egg white. Spread mixture out onto a greased or Silpat-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes. Flip granola over and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Allow to sit and cool on sheet to crisp up. If you'd like to include dried fruit or dairy-free chocolate chips, I suggest adding them after the mixture has cooled.

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