Sep 24, 2012

Skinny Pumpkin Granola


              

Making your own granola is easier than you think, and the beauty of doing it yourself is you can customize it to suit your taste and it's6 so much cheaper than buying it in the store.

Since pumpkin is so popular this time of year, I thought it would be fun to make a pumpkin version using oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.

Granola is great to eat alone as a snack, or over yogurt, but my favorite way to eat granola is with some fresh fruit and almond milk; it's one of my favorite quick breakfasts.


I paired this with some fresh chopped apples and pears, if you have some pumpkin butter, you can even stir some in... yum! (FYI, the cute spoon is from For Such A Time Designs)

The trick to keeping a bowl of granola cereal light is the ratio of fruit, milk and granola. First I fill my bowl with fresh fruit, then top it with 1/3 cup of granola and then some unsweetened almond milk. It's a great way to get your serving of fresh fruit and has lots of fiber to keep you feeling full longer. I've included the nutritional info both ways, for your convenience.



Easy Pumpkin Spice Granola
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 11 • Serving Size: 1/3 cup  • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 133 • Fat: 4.5 g • Carbs: 21.5 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 10 (without salt)

Bowl of Cereal (1/3 cup granola, 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup apples)
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 bowl  • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 183 • Fat: 6 g • Carbs: 32 g • Fiber: 5 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 14.5 g
Sodium: 69 (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and pat dry with paper towel
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats*
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (or other seed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp oil (coconut or canola)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Spread oats* and quinoa out on a parchment lined baking pan. Toast in the oven 10 minutes, stirring once.


Remove the oats from the oven, pour the toasted oats into a medium bowl and add the ground flaxseeds, pepitas, pecans and dried fruit.

Reduce oven to 300° F.

In a second medium bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin puree, oil, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Pour over oats and stir together with a spatula. Spread back onto a baking sheet and bake an additional 20 minutes, or until golden.


Makes 3 2/3 cups.

*Use gluten free oats for gluten allergies.

147 comments :

  1. Can't wait to try this!

    Christa
    www.freshsqueezedfashion.com

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  2. what does the asterix with oats mean?

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  3. Wow this sounds lovely, will be giving this a go! I love Almond milk!

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  4. How long do you think this would stay fresh?

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    1. At least a few weeks if it's sealed.

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  5. What do you mean by pumpkin puree? Can I use canned pumpkin?

    Love your site, Gina!!

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  6. AWE.SOME. Seriously, we're drooling over this in the CHO office right now. We're trying to decide which of us will whip up a batch to bring into work! Another fabulous recipe, Gina.

    Amy
    @Chobani

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  7. Can you use agave?

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  8. Gina,
    Where did you get that spoon? I must buy one for my husband....he's addicted to cereal.....

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    1. It's from For such a Time Designs on Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/forsuchatimedesigns

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  9. I just had some yogurt this morning and I put granola on top that I bought from Whole Foods. I would love to make my own instead.

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  10. Yum!!! When I baked some granola with raisins in it, they got REALLY hard in the oven, so now I add them in at the end. Does it work to bake them in this recipe?

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    1. I haven't tried with raisins, but I usually put them all in at the same time.

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    2. Hi, I didn't realize I was out of dried cranberries until I was mixing everything up so I used raisins instead. I added them at the same time as everything else and they weren't hard. :)

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    3. This looks amazing! I wanted to get to the store tonight for these, but I didn't - definitely going tomorrow! I also do like iheartvegetables.com - any dried fruit I always add at the end, because it seems to always get chewy. Dried cranberries might have less moisture than apricots, raisins, etc. though.

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  11. I just pulled this out of the oven and it's fabulous! And my house smells so good! I can't wait to try as a cereal. I had to make one slight modification. Rather than pumpkin puree I used a leftover baked sweet potato which I simply mashed into a puree. I love all the healthy in this recipe!

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    1. I'm so glad you made it so quickly!!

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  12. I make from time to time something simillar- I always have some home-made pumpkin puree in the freezer. Love it :)

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  13. This look great! Do you know what the Points would be for just the granola? My husband likes to make parfaits for a quick breakfast and this would be a great topper.
    Thanks!

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  14. I love pumpkin granola!

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  15. Where do you get those adorable labels??

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    1. They are from Martha Stewart, you can get them at Michaels!

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  16. Pumpkin and granola-- two of my favorites in a healthy recipe. Thank you!!

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  17. I have everything in my pantry except the pepitas. I do have sunflower seeds, so may use those. I'll have to see how the NI compares between the two. This granola sounds WONDERFUL! Thank you Gina!

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  18. This sounds great, think I'll have to try it out tonight! How long do you think it will stay good for? I know quinoa doesn't last as long but maybe baked it will?

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  19. hey gina! i was wondering if you make chocolate candy, i seen a recipe for a hershey bar, fiber one cereal and peanut butter. do you do this???

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  20. Uhhh- yum!!!! Can't wait to make it!

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  21. I I have always loved you Gina and this is really over the top, I am so happy that you have made a granola recipe. I have been using your recipes for years and they are fantastic , I never go wrong with them. Thank you so much ;)

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    1. Thank you, I've been playing around with a basic recipe for my cookbook so I figured I would do a pumpkin spin for the blog :)

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  22. Wondering if I can use pumpkin butter instead of puree if I skip the maple syrup. What do you think?

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    1. You can certainly use pumpkin butter, and maybe less maple.

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  23. Hi Gina! Im following your blog from Australia, and I often convert your measurements back to metric, and the recipes still work wonderfully! I love every one I've tried, and must thankyou immensly for the Overnight Oats recipe, I eat it every morning. I was wondering however, what is Pumpkin spice? I havent heard of it here is Oz. Do you think I could use cinnamon instead? Thanks :)

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    1. Basically a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. You can make your own.

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  24. Yum! I normally just throw granola over some yogurt. Thanks for the tip!

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  25. I was just thinking that needed so sweet recipes for the fall/winter Bc I love to bake goodies when its cold out. Thanks for posting some healthier alternatives. Cant wait to try these pumpkin recipes.

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  26. dried cranberries like craisins? do you think the pomegranite craisins would be okay? If so I'm making this tomorrow!

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  27. I've been wondering how to use some pumpkin that I've got, this recipe looks so delicious that I think I'll try it tomorrow!

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  28. I've made pumpkin granola before and it's soooo yum!!!

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  29. I love granola for breakfast, thanks for giving me a new recipe to try, can't wait!

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  30. Pumpkin is definitely my favorite part of fall. Another great idea is mixing greek yogurt with pumpkin puree! I wonder how it would try with this granola served on top. Thanks for the inspiration!
    -Sara
    www.eatfeelfresh.com

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    1. that's a great idea to mix pumpkin puree with greek yogurt! :)

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  31. You're right, it's so easy yet I always forget to make granola. Always!

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  32. I am confused about pumpkin puree. I did read your response to an earlier post and you said 'canned pumpkin'. But, from what I understand, there are two types of canned pumpkin. Is this the canned pumpkin that you could use for a pie? Thanks!

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    1. No sorry, I never use pumpkin pie filling. It's canned pumpkin which is essentially pureed.

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  33. oh boy oh boy! I am making this. We love granola - and homemade is the only way to go!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  34. Gina, I love your pumpkin madness recipes! I've made a few like your pumpkin butter recipe and loved it; I even recommended your site to my clients! Pumpkin is so nutritious, with plenty of anti-inflammatory properties and it's one of our very own indigenous super fruits! Now, I can't wait to try this recipe, too! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks John, and yes it's not just delicious! It's good for you too :)

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  35. Making this right NOW! The first time the oats/quinoa go in the oven it is on parchment lined baking sheet. What about after everything is combined? Parchment lined sheet or not?

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    1. Yes, the parchment makes it easy to clean and come off the pan.

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    2. Okay so I just left the parchment on the baking pan (no clean up now!)...my house smells incredible...just took it out of the oven and it really is delish! will have some on my yogurt as soon as it cools, and will be making another batch to share with friends!

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  36. Is there a difference between rolled oats and quick oats?

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  37. Do you have a pumpkin puree recipe?

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  38. Gina,
    I'm thinking of adding pearled whole grain sorghum to this mix. Would it work? Have you cooked with sorghum much?

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  39. Hi Gina
    Getting ready to make this now!
    I'm out of flaxseed but have Chia seeds and hulled hemp seeds...any thoughts?

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    1. I also used Chia seed in place of flaxseed & it turned out great! Forgot I also have hulled hemp heart & will def toss them into the next batch!

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  40. I also used Chia seed in place of flaxseed & it turned out great! Forgot I also have hulled hemp heart & will def toss them into the next batch!

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  41. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe! I came across the idea of pumpkin granola just last week after calculating the WW P+, it was 8 pts per 1/2 cup! Your recipe is so much lighter! Can't wait to try it, I even have everything I need in the kitchen to make this right now! :-)

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  42. Yet another FANTASTIC recipe Gina! Thank you for sharing, this will be a fall staple for sure! :)

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  43. Gina,
    Did you use Craisins? as in sweetened dried cranberries? or just dried cranberries, like Trader Joe's sells? Also, did you use old fashioned oats or quick oats? This looks amazing! I bought some Pumpkin Spice Granola this summer from my local grocer and it was delish! This looks way better with way less calories. Thanks for always inspiring me to stay on track.
    Anna H.

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  44. I just pulled mine from the oven and I can't even begin to describe the aroma in my home. It's such a warm, calming smell.
    I did not have canned (puree) pumpkin but I did have the homemade apple butter from Gina! In place of the pumpkin spice, I used 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. I also used buckwheat honey, it gives it an amazing depth of flavor. I also substituted Chia seeds for the Pepita seeds.
    I can't wait for my dessert tonight, Chobani yogurt and homemade granola!!

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  45. Wow this looks great, definitely making this soon. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I feel stupid admitting this but I had no idea uncooked quinoa was edible. ha you learn something new everyday I guess.

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    1. Me too Haylee!! I picture eating raw rice. LOL So now I can't wait to try this.

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  46. I'm so glad that I had everything to make this in my pantry!!! I just threw it together & put it in the oven while I roasted a chicken for dinner, it is done now! It is awesome, I will add this to my rotation for sure!

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  47. My kitchen smells amazing! Can't wait until it is out of the oven!

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  48. I so wish I had all the ingredients for this on hand. This looks so good! I hate that I will have to wait to make it! Although, I'm sure it is well worth the wait!

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  49. Dear Gina,

    I've just made this but with dried blueberries. It smells amazing, thank you soooooo much for all you do for us!

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  50. This looks amazing! Sounds like something I would love! Thanks!!

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  51. Looks delicious!! I'll have to go out and get the ingredients for this :)

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  52. Definitely pinning this recipe Gina. It looks awesome. I love all things pumpkin and granola is one of my favorite snacks so this is perfect!

    It was so great to meet you at FitBloggin'! Hope to run into you again sometime soon. :)

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  53. Very tasty. I made some yesterday, and between my 6 year old and I, it's almost gone.
    Big question: I do prefer my granola a bit crunchier. Is there a way to achieve that? Or is this granola supposed to be crunchy, and I missed something?
    I did put it in a container before it was completely cooled off. Mostly because I was pressed for time, and had to put it somewhere safe before I left the house, or it would have turned into a snack for my yellow lab who likes to counter surf. Other than the lack of crunch though, I love this recipe!

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    1. It should be crunchy, not sure if it was putting it in the container too soon that did it, or if it needed a few more minutes in the oven. All ovens vary.

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    2. Thanks for getting back to me! Next time, I'll try making it with a little more time to spare, and perhaps let it cool more before putting it in the container. I thought the picture looked crunchier than my granola!

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    3. I was so excited to make this. I had the same problem with it not being crunchy though. I followed the recipe exactly. After 20 minutes, it wasn't crunchy at all. So I kept it in another 10 minutes. Still not crunchy, so I increased it to 400 and added another 10 minutes. Whole batch is burned to a blackened mess, but still not crunchy. :(

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    4. I made a second batch and baked it on 2 baking sheets. Only kept it in an extra 10 minutes, and though it still wasn't crunchy when it came out of the oven, it was when it cooled. So delicious!

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  54. Can't wait to make this! Where are your chalkboard stickers from? I need some of those!

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    1. Martha Stewart makes them! Michaels!

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  55. How long will this last stored in a jar?

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  56. This was amazing. Just AMAZING. I made some tweaks based on family preferences, but the texture and the flavors were just perfect. Thank you so much for this.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked this! This can easily be adapted to suit anyone's taste.

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  57. I've never bought Quinoa before, what brand do you suggest? Just so I have an idea what to look for. Can't wait to make this!

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  58. Just bought pumpkin granola from Costco & it was no where close to what I was expecting it to taste like, not even pumpkin spice seasoning. This recipe looks perfect!

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  59. Thank you! Love pumpkin, but so many recipes are full of sugar and shortening. I want to enjoy my favorite flavor without all of the bad stuff!

    Readers may enjoy making easy homemade pumpkin puree for this recipe: http://cookingripe.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/homemade-pumpkin-puree/

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  60. Well this looks super tasty... I never thought of adding quinoa to a granola recipe. Can you really taste it or is it purely there for texture?

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  61. I tried this tonight and it is FABULOUS. It's everything great about fall in one bite. Love it! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  62. Just put this in the oven and it smells fantastic! Thanks!!

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  63. Do you think chia seeds could be used in this? I've never had them uncooked, I don't know how they would work?

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  64. I've never seen quinoa in a recipe in raw form - did you add it for protein? I would assume it's hard.

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  65. This just came out of the oven, and it's SO good! Hands down best granola I've made. Thanks so much. :)

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  66. This looks amazing and perfect for fall! Sharing with my Facebook followers.

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  67. This came out amazing. House smells great. My 4 year old really enjoyed helping me make it too. I've never made granola from scratch but now...never going back to the store bought stuff!

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  68. Just made this recipe exactly as is (except I could only find the blueberry ground flax at TJs). My 3 boys could not stop eating it while it was in the oven! They kept bringing me their empty bowls back and begging for more! I was serving it with greek yogurt and for my firstborn who doesn't like greek yogurt, I did your cut up apples with almond milk, topped with this granola idea! Brilliant! I plan on making this as gifts also.

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  69. I just made this with the additions of wheat germ and Rice Krispies (I know that probably sounds strange, but it works great in granola recipes). I made a HUGE amount of it because I'm having a pumpkin party for my son's first birthday and this will be the favors. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe!!

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  70. I would like to make this into bars, at what point in the instructions would you recommend forming into individual bars?

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  71. I made this recipe last night right at bedtime for my ten year old. It smelled so good she begged me to let her get out of bed so that she could sneak a taste. This morning we mixed it with apples sprinkled with cinnamon and greek yogurt. It was such a great fall breakfast. Thank you!
    P.S. So when does this book come out?!

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  72. laurenleduc@gmail.com10/1/12, 10:30 AM

    This sounds great! Do you have any idea if I could sub quinoa flakes for the rolled oats? I've been avoiding oats, since even the GF ones don't seem to work for me, and I really miss making my own granola.

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  73. just made this and it is delicious.. only change I made was DOUBLING it :)

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  74. This is the first recipe I've tried from your site, and it's a keeper. Just made it yesterday and I've already had to make another batch this morning as the first one is pretty much gone and my oldest has requested more for her to munch on. Trying your turkey white bean pumpkin chili today. Crossing my fingers it's another winner.

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  75. Wow! Made this earlier this week and loved it! Doubling the recipe this week and sending some to my sisters! Great stuff Gina! Love your sites and ALL of your recipes!

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  76. I would like to make this, but 3g protein is very low. Any ways to up the protein?

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  77. I just finished making the granola and not only does it taste amazing but my house smells yummy too. I served it on top of warm homemade applesauce, with a scoop of greek yogurt. So yummy and filling! Your recipes are inspiring.

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  78. Just made my second batch last night, and used it to top greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin butter. So much fall flavor!

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  79. Gina,

    I have to keep my sugar really low...do you think sugar free maple syrup would ruin the recipe?

    Also, I can't tell you how much I appreciate this site. I've made so many of your recipes, and my entire family goes crazy for them. Pumpkin butter is now a staple for any apple consumption. Chicken Enchilada Soup won't last 2 days in my house. Mushroom Soup...to DIE for!

    Thank you!!!

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  80. Where can I buy pepitas?

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    1. Trader Joe's. (Pepitas are pumpkin seeds).

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  81. Can I use extra virgin olive oil instead?

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  82. Can I use ground flax meal instead of whole flax seeds? I don't have any at home right now but I do have ground flax.

    Thanks and I LOVE your recipes!!

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    1. I'm pretty sure ground flax meal is the same as grinding up whole flaxseeds, at least that's what I always do.

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  83. Delicious! I just made it. Found that for the crispiness, needed an extra 10 minutes in the oven. I used flax meal as well and it was great.

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  84. I just made this and my apartment smells DELICIOUS! and it tastes amazing!! I used walnuts instead of pecans and left out the pepitas and just added a little extra of everything else. I will most definitely continue making this!!

    Thanks Gina! I haven't made a recipe from your site that I didn't love :)

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  85. This was awesome!! Thank you thank you thank you! I found the pepitas in teh nut aisle at eh grocery store. Also neeed 10 extra mins int eh oven and didn't get crunchy until completely cooled.

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  86. Made this last night - very delicious. Subbed sunflower seeds for the pecans (nut-allergic kiddo in our house) and dried apricots for the cranberries b/c we were out of craisins! I really like the crunch of the toasted quinoa - very interesting and unique granola ingredient! Had it over plain nonfat greek yogurt + apples this morning.

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  87. I made this granola this weekend... a double batch in fact! I think it's great. I noticed after baking for 20 minutes that the granola was still quite moist so I turned off the oven and let the granola sit in the oven, with the oven door closed (much like a food dehydrator) until I no longer detected moisture. I left out the dried cranberries when I baked the granola, but am adding them to the granola as I eat it for a touch of sweetness. Thanks for all of your great recipes. I really like your blog.

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  88. Gina, I've made this every week for the past three weeks and can never get sick of it! I love it with an Apple Cinnamon or Vanilla Chobani...yum :)
    Also, I'm so glad to hear you and your family are safe after Sandy and you finally have power back! Thoughts & prayers to all those who aren't so lucky.

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  89. Just made this for the 2nd time...added 2 tbsp chia seeds, mixed walnuts, almonds & pecans, mixed cranberries, raisins, cherries and "plum amazins" for the dried fruit. Looking forward to breakfast tomorrow!

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  90. What a wonderful recipe! I just made it for the second time. Thank you for posting it! :)

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  91. Great recipe and easily adaptable for nutritional needs. Should this be stored sealed on a shelf or in the fridge?

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  92. I just made this and it tastes amazing!!!

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  93. I can't figure out the calories...when I plug it in my calorie counter, it says 190 calories per 1/3 cup...am I figuring this incorrectly?

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  94. I love this granola! I have been making it for a few months now & switch it up every time. Today I added slivered almonds, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut, dried cherries. I love that I can mix up the recipe each time based on what I have in the pantry. This is the best granola I've ever had & I am so glad I found this recipe! One of my faves is to serve it over a diced fuyu persimmon.

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  95. Hi, I made this last week and I LOVE IT! But, I'm really trying to cut my daily sugar intake, do you have any recommendations on how to cut the sugar in this recipe?

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  96. hi ! would it be ok to replace with almonds instead of pecans? and would it be ok not to use cranberries?

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  97. What about those of us that don't like Pumpkin? Is there other things we can use for flavor?

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  98. mine was not crunchy, but it still tasted delicious. I think the issue was maybe I didn't mix the maple/pumpkin mixture well enough peices didn't get enough oil and liquid to stick together. I will definitely make again and be more careful amount mixing it.

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  99. I've just recently started making my own granola as well. But I am curious why you toast your oats first? Does it change the texture of the end granola result?

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  100. Any suggestions for one who does not have parchment in their house? This looks so good, and I want to try it out tonight :)

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  101. I'm sure it's delicious, but for some of us granola, any granola, is far too fattening and not filling in any rational sized portion to ever be considered a "skinny" food. Reading your NI this is no better or worse than the commercially prepared organic pumpkin granola from my local supermarket. It certainly is no "skinnier" and one must eat a hummingbird sized portion of either one. It's not worth the bother of buying or making granola from scratch.

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  102. Gina- Thank you for your awesome website. Your recipes are always fantastic! one question- did you use raw or pre-toasted/salted pepitas and pecans? Sorry if this question was already addressed.

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  103. I love the pecans added to this recipe! I also made some pumpkin granola recently. I added applesauce which helped add a little sweetness. Thanks for the recipe!
    http://bedstuyfoodie.com/2013/09/14/vegan-pumpkin-granola-recipe/

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  104. Delicious and clean! Love it!!

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  105. This is delish! Left out the flax, but otherwise made as directed. Yum!

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  107. Oh my goodness. does anybody have a good way to dry off that darn quinoa? I end up with it everywhere my kitchen when I try to dry off with a towel and I do use a strainer.

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  108. Im looking for a low calorie like this one regular granola recipe and was wondering if you had one?

    Thanks :)

    PS I've made this recipe dozens of times since finding it here and I'm addicted, its amazing!!

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  109. Instead of maple syrup or honey (food sensitivities) could I do agave?

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  110. After making this I mixed it in with my morning oatmeal and loved it so much I had it for breakfast every morning that week. FANTASTIC!

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  111. Very easy and good. I like you can very it by changing nuts, seasonings, or dried fruit.

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