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Pumpkin Seed Granola (Nut-free, Grain-free)

Posted Sep 16 2012 8:00am
Granola is something I consider a special Fall treat.

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are easier to digest than nuts, and happen to be one of the most flavorful and nutritious seeds around. They are a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, and protein!

Paired with chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut, you’ll also get a hefty dose of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber, which help stabilize your blood sugar, in every crunchy bite.

(Nut-free, Grain-Free)
makes about 2 cups

Inspired by this recipe


1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (or stevia , to taste)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup raisins (optional)


Preheat your oven to 300F. Combine the pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds in a small food processor , and pulse just enough to break down the seeds into chunky texture.

Transfer the seeds to a small bowl, and mix in the shredded coconut, coconut oil, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir until well coated, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or a Silpat .

Spread the mixture evenly using your hands, or a fork.

*Note: You may have noticed that I added raisins to my mix before baking–> I don’t recommend doing that! The raisins are already dried, so they don’t need to be baked again. Consider this is a classic case of, “Do what I say, not what I do.”

Bake at 300F for about 20 minutes, stirring half-way through to avoid burning. You want this mixture nice and golden, not burnt!

Alternatively, you could use a dehydrator set to 118F for 4-5 hours, if you have that kind of patience.

Allow the toasted granola to cool completely, then stir in the raisins and store in an airtight container.

Serve with homemade almond milk , and enjoy!

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 4-6
Loaded with a variety of seeds, including pumpkin seeds, this recipe is grain-free, nut-free, and is properly combined when served with ice-cold almond milk.
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Because this crunchy cereal is so nutrient dense, I recommend using a 1/2 cup as your serving size. It’s very filling!

: Are you a fan of granola? Have you ever made your own?

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