Harvest Spice Granola Rounds

Written by Cooking Naturally Editors on November 7th, 2010

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Hello world!  My name is Beth.  And I love food.  But what I really love is introducing people to healthy food that tastes good.  To me, healthy is synonymous with tasty!  When you eat something, your body should say “Yum!” and “Thank you!” at the same time.  As the new Cooking Naturally Editor, my goal here is to help promote a community of healthy lifestyles through healthy eating.  And you can help!  Just send in your nutritious, and delicious, recipes and we’ll be happy to share it with the rest of the world.  Because good nutrition is something worth sharing.


To get us started, here’s a healthy snack fit for Fall!  Full of fiber and protein to give you the energy you need, minus the sugar crash and cavities you can certainly do without.  And the best part: they taste great!  Awesome ingredients equals awesome food.

Harvest Spice Granola Rounds

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. oats
  • 1 c. raw pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 c. pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 c. wheat germ OR ground flax seed
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. cloves
  • 1/8 t. allspice
  • 1/8 t. ginger
  • dash of nutmeg
  • pinch of black pepper (opt)
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. raisin medley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Toss oats, nuts and flax/wheat germ in bowl; transfer to large, ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes, stirring every five or so minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, add brown sugar, syrup, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and spices and heat over low heat until all ingredients are well combined.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  3. Lower oven temp to 300.  Pour dry oat mixture back into bowl; add raisin medley and sugar mixture and mix until everything is well coated.
  4. Using 1/3 c. measuring cup, spoon wet oat mixture into muffin tins and pack tightly.
  5. Bake at 300 for 15-20 minutes, depending on how chewy/crunchy you want them.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool COMPLETELY before devouring.

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