Crunchy oatmeal that is healthy and not too sweet! Perfect as a topping on yogurt, or eating by the handful!
For the past few days, I have been eating granola for breakfast. It has been granola and yogurt, granola and yogurt. All. Week. Long.
But do I get bored of it? HECK NO! Especially since I can switch up the way I eat it, or the yogurt flavors to pair it with. The possibilities are really endless.
And since this particular granola is so healthy, I can basically have double the amount that I would normally have!
Having a huge batch of granola in the house is essential for me. The busy mornings getting ready. Trying to collect the homework and tests for my students while trying to make myself look like an adult, all before I had one sip of coffee.
(Note to self. Buy a coffee maker.)
What I'm saying is, having a grab-and-go breakfast readily available can help allows me to be organized, even when I am at my most sleep deprived self. Not to mention, it allowed me to find the time to put on my halloween face this morning!
I wore more makeup on my face this morning than I think I have ever worn in my entire life.
And since it's Fall, and tis the season for all things pumpkin, I can't help but putting some pumpkin seeds in whatever granola I am making for the week. And trust me, making granola is a weekly event at my house.
So before you overload on candy tomorrow (which is most definitely what I will be doing), eating a healthy breakfast will balance out the guilt you will feel after getting sick off of those cute, individually wrapped candies. Who's with me?
Healthy Applesauce and Pumpkin Seed Granola
What you'll need:
- 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cups pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweeteded applesauce
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 275° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats and the pumpkin seeds. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, heat the applesauce, honey, vegetable oil, cinnamon and salt over medium heat until the honey is melted.
- Pour the applesauce mixture into the oat mixture, and stir together until the full combined. Fold in the coconut and raisins.
- Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
Adapted from Two Healthy Kitchens