My daddy likes granola and I found this recipe and thought I would try it and surprise him with it this past weekend. Normally I am not a fan of granola because it is so hard, but this was pretty good, especially when it was warm. This recipe allowed me to try some ingredients I had not used before. Always looking for new things to try.
Here is the coconut oil. This oil is suppose to be really good for you too. It is a solid, so you will need to melt it but not burn it. I scrapped out 1/4 cup.
Crunchy Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe
3 3/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut**
2/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven 325. Bake 40 minutes. Stirring every 15minutes.
This recipe has some decisions too.
You can leave the unsweetened coconut out.
You can change dried cranberries to some other dried fruit.
You can change the pumpkin seeds to another nut.
You can add chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips.
You can use honey, agave, or brown rice syrup instead of maple syrup
You can use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil
You can leave the quinoa out.
You can add 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the wet ingredients for chocolate pumpkin granola
** Today I found unsweetened coconut at Fresh Market. So if you want to include it you can find it there.