Whether you follow WW or not, nonfat Greek Yogurt is something that should be in your fridge at all times (unless you’re lactose intolerant, in which case feel free to just skip down to the granola part). I use Greek Yogurt in a ton of recipes, from baked goods to savory dips. It also makes a great snack, as it’s high in protein, low in calories, and 0 SP on WW Blue.
One problem – on it’s own, it’s kind of boring.
Yeah, its tart and tangy, but that’s about it. Without a lil something something, it’s not super exciting. Usually, I opt for fruit, jam, or honey as a topping and to add some flavor. In a perfect world I’d add some granola too, for some added crunch, However, store brought granola is basically candy. It’s laden with tons of sugar and preservatives and things that aren’t generally diet friendly. Store bought granola can pack 15 grams of sugar in a single serving, and it’s a surefire way to sabotage an otherwise healthy snack.
There’s a happy ending here
Don’t worry. The granola doom and gloom has a happy ending. I made it better! And, more importantly, I made it paleo. And vegan. Oh, and pumpkin spice flavored. It’s a win-win-win-win, and truly something that everyone can enjoy.
This pumpkin granola is made with a few better-for-you ingredients and tastes like Fall. It’s also super easy to make, stores well, and is a delicious topping on just about anything (or as a snack on its own). It uses just 3 tablespoons of all natural sweetener for the entire recipe, pumpkin seeds in lieu of sweetened dried fruit/chocolate that you find in typical granolas, and coconut oil as the fat.
To make the pumpkin granola, it’s really just a matter of mix, spread, bake, and wait. Waiting is critical, as the granola will be soft when it first comes out of the oven. By waiting for it to cool, it can bind together, which will yield those delicious clusters we’re looking for.Once cooled, break it apart, store it in an airtight container, and enjoy it!
Those Greek Yogurt recipes I was talking about
Nonfat Greek Yogurt is one of the most underrated baking ingredients and an absolute staple in the Food by the Gram kitchen. Check out some of my favorite sweet and savory recipes featuring Greek Yogurt:
- Pumpkin Fluff Dip
- Lighter Chocolate Cupcake
- Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Pancakes
- Healthier Funfetti Cinnamon Buns
- Mixing Bowls
- Baking Sheet
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Preheat oven to 325 F
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat
- Combine coconut oil and maple syrup in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-60 seconds, then add pumpkin puree and stir to combine.
- Add oats, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to the bowl. Stir well to mix everything evenly, ensuring that every oat is covered.
- Spread mixture in uniform layer on baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes. (Granola will be soft at first, and forms crunchy clusters as it cools).
- Store at room temp in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Enjoy!
3 thoughts on “Pumpkin Granola (Paleo, Vegan)”
Excellent granola, much tastier than store brands. Perfect with greek yogurt or cottage cheese as excellent breakfast or midday meal.
Perfect texture. I usually like my granola on the sweet side and this is the perfect balance.