It’s officially pumpkin season here. While fall is not my favorite season, I do love the excuse to make anything pumpkin flavored. Including pumpkin granola. So when I got some Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts in the mail to try out, I knew exactly what I would do with them – make granola!
And since I was craving some pumpkin granola, I combined the two – so here you go … pumpkin hemp hearts granola. It’s pretty good. It’s a little less sweet than the typical granola I make (feel free to add more sugar if you want it sweeter) and a little softer (pumpkin will do that to it) BUT it’s the perfect fall breakfast or snack. I dare you to try it with pumpkin yogurt!
Pumpkin Hemp Hearts Granola
Here’s what you need:
- 3 ½ c old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 c hemp hearts (I used Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts)
- 2 tsps ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp allspice
- 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ c coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg white
- Optional: Dried fruit, such as cranberries, cherries, etc.
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats and hemp hearts. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and brown sugar. Mix until puree is a little darker and smooth. Add in maple syrup, honey and melted coconut oil. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white. Add to pumpkin puree mixture and mix until evenly combined. Pour over oats and hemp hearts and mix until everything is just wet.
- Spread onto the baking sheet pat oat mixture down tightly. Bake for about 40 minutes. Check about every 15 minutes and stir if it is starting to burn.
- Allow granola to cool for 30 minutes on the baking sheet before adding in dried fruit.
- Store in a covered container, such as a jar. Granola won’t be as crunchy as other granolas because of the pumpkin – but it’s delicious!
Some questions for you:
- What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored treat this time of year? Yogurt? Latte? Cookies?
- Any pumpkin haters out there?
- Do you prefer dry cereal or with milk? I love dry cereal. I sometimes like cereal or granola with yogurt- but never milk.
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