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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5 Responses to Harvest Spice Granola Rounds

  1. Kristin  

    Yes, these look GREAT! I have a granola bar recipe that has a lot of good stuff in it, but is also sweeter than I’d like. This one looks like it has less sweetener (and other good stuff like PB & pumpkin to hold it together well). Can’t wait to give it a try — maybe today!

  2. Hannah  

    I used squash and they turned out great! I will be making these again. I would also like to try making them with small chunks of dried apples!

  3. missy  

    this looks perfect! i was looking for something to make for my friend that just had a baby and is busy busy nursing. at first i had thought a frozen meal, but these will be great for her to snack on! i might even try making them smaller in a mini-muffin pan!

  4. Kristin  

    I made these, and with a few substitutions, and they tasted GREAT! However, I had a few issues, and wanted to ask/note them for future readers.

    I used wheat germ and it totally burned by 10 minutes into toasting. I think I’d either add it later or skip it, next time. I just sifted it out using a strainer.

    I used some chopped dates and dried cranberries instead of raisons, and also added chocolate chips. SO YUMMY! Less healthy though, I know. They added more sweetness than was probably needed, making it more dessert-like.

    Do you guys grease the muffin tins? I didn’t because it didn’t say to, but mine REALLY stuck to the pan, so ours turned out more like soft granola chunks after I scooped them out of there. Still delicious, though!

    • Beth  

      I’ve NEVER had the wheat germ burn, and I make them all the time… But it’s a good idea to add it later if you’re worried about them getting too toasty :) And I don’t grease my muffin tins because I don’t need to (I have fancy bake-ware, haha). You’re absolutely right, though! Normal tins will most likely need to be greased. I wonder if muffin cups would work?

      I love adding chocolate to mine, too! I add them to the top before baking, and then I spread the chocolate around after I pull them out of the oven and let them cool. I think chocolate makes just about anything taste good ;)

      Thanks for the feedback! *B

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