I still cannot bring myself to cut open my perfect fall pumpkin. But I wanted to share a pumpkin recipe this week, so I caved in and bought my first can of pumpkin puree of the season. Thankfully, this granola is oh so worth it!
I do not even remember the last time I bought a box of cereal. I have gotten so used to making my own, usually muesli, oatmeal, or granola. My fridge has a designated space for my designated cereal jar, and some recipes have thankfully lasted me a few weeks for quick morning meals in between traveling. This recipe will definitely not make it through next week. It is full of spicy, crunchy, seedy goodness. With just a touch of sweetness. I love to eat it straight up, with banana slices and a bit of almond milk. You could also sprinkle a tablespoon on top of a Sweet Potato Spice Smoothie bowl. Give a little crunch to a salad. Or sneak a handful straight from the jar.
Pumpkin Hazelnut Granola
- 1 1/2 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c sunflower seeds
- 1/2 c chopped hazelnuts
- 1/2 c shelled pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3 T agave nectar
- 3 T coconut oil
- 1/2 c pumpkin puree
- 1/2 c goji berries
- 1/4 c cacao nibs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine oats, seeds, nuts, spices, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine agave, oil, and pumpkin in a separate bowl. Mix well and add to oat mixture. Stir until everything is coated.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Stir in goji berries and cacao nibs. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Per serving (1/2 c): 413 kcal, 36 g carbs, 27 g fat, 11 g protein, 130 mg sodium, 12 g sugar
It’s been my goal to share a recipe for each ingredient or food I feature on the blog, but not being home kind of limits recipe experimentation. When I am home, I get to eat frozen leftovers and lots of smoothies. Even though I eat fairly healthy on the road, after eating at one too many hotels, airports, and convention centers, all I crave when I get home is super nutrient-dense healthy foods. This smoothie came about as a result of one of those post-late night return trips in an attempt to mix all my favorite superfoods in one glass. And it’s high in my current favorite protein source, which is a bonus.
- 1 T hemp seeds
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 T goji berries
- 1 T hemp seed oil
- 1 scoop Vega One berry-flavored protein
- 1 T Navitas Naturals superfood blend (or 1/2 tsp each hemp, maca, cocoa powders)
- 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 c coconut water
- 1 handful spinach
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 c frozen strawberries
- 1/2 c frozen raspberries
- 1/4 c frozen blueberries
- 1 c ice
- Add ingredients to high-speed blender, in order. You want the liquid on the bottom and the frozen fruit in the top to allow for optimal blending.
- Blend, pour into a glass and enjoy!
This will make 1 large or 2 small smoothies. Leftovers will keep for up to one day in the refrigerator. Just shake well before drinking.
Per serving: 318 kcal, 40 g carbs, 13 g fat, 14 g protein, 151 mg sodium, 20 g sugar
A lot of health foods and “super”foods are over-hyped these days. I try not to buy into them, unless they have sound nutritional science behind them and I’m intrigued enough to spend the money.
Goji berries are one of the things I finally caved in and tried. This recipe is what got me. I’ve been drinking lemon green tea most mornings (on days when I do not go running first), so this seemed like a nice change to my normal routine, with some added health benefits. I almost skipped the cayenne. Every time I try cayenne in a recipe, its way too much for me, and I end up tossing perfectly good food because it’s too spicy. DO NOT SKIP the cayenne. Just a pinch works perfectly and is the best way to wake the body up, especially on a cool day.
After analyzing the bag the goji berries came in, I was shocked to find out they are packed with protein! 4g in an ounce. For a berry, that’s pretty sweet. They are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Unlike other dried fruits, goji berries are pretty hard and chewy. A few minutes soaked in warm water and they plump back up into a soft tart berry. Perfect for baking, smoothies, or topping salads.
Give this antioxidant powerhouse a try in one of these yummy recipes!
Also check out 5 Reasons to Eat More Goji Berries.