With the Fall season waning with the approaching cold weather, it’s time to take advantage of the harvest bounty. Here’s a delicious and nutritious breakfast recipe that’s simple to prepare for the chill ahead.
SoL Pumpkin Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup chopped or sliced almonds
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup dried cranberries (or raisins, your preference)
- ¼ cup roasted sunflower kernels
- Your favorite flavor of SoL Sunflower Beverage, chilled
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt, almonds and walnuts.
In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin puree and vanilla. (Here’s a tip when measuring sticky ingredients like maple syrup, honey, molasses, etc. Spray the measuring cup with nonstick spray first. The syrup will pour out easier.)
Pour the pumpkin mixture into the oat mixture and stir until coated well. Add the cranberries to the mixture and toss again.
Spread the granola onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes total. (I stir every 10 minutes.) After 20 minutes, add the sunflower seeds and stir again. Finish baking for the remaining 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer sheet to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about 2 weeks.
To serve, pour granola into a bowl and top with your favorite flavor of chilled SoL Sunflower Beverage.