Pumpkin Spice Protein Granola

Here is another holiday-inspired pumpkin recipe that’s both tasty and free of gluten, eggs, wheat, and peanuts. This was my first attempt at making a homemade granola. I’m pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin treats but this, my friends, is delicious! It not only is deliciously filling but also made my entire house smell like a pumpkin spice candle. You can enjoy this granola as a cereal, a yogurt topping, or by itself. Either way, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Granola

This recipe is free of eggs, wheat, gluten, & peanuts.

Makes 12 servings

Nutritional info for 1 serving (1 serving is about ¼ cup): 210 calories, 9.6g protein, 22.2g carbs, 10g fat, 6.7g sugar, 2.8g fiber

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¾ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, spray with non-stick spray, and set aside.
  2. Place oats, seeds, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Place remainder of the ingredients (except for the protein powder) in a separate, microwave safe, bowl and stir together. Heat mixture for about 30 seconds. Stir and heat for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Stir the protein powder into the liquid mixture until mixture is smooth.
  5. Pour liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir, making sure everything is coated evenly.
  6. Evenly spread granola mix onto sheet pan and bake in the oven for 40-44 minutes, stirring two times during the baking step.

Notes:

  • When using pumpkin spice, make sure there are no added sweeteners or preservatives.
  • To keep this recipe vegan, use a vegan vanilla protein powder.

 

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