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Pumpkin Spice Granola

September 23, 2014

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As soon as fall has officially arrived I’m way too excited to begin baking all things pumpkin. There is no better smell than pumpkin spice – ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon – all baked into a warm comforting pumpkin baked good. Pumpkin can be made both sweet and savoury and is so versatile when working with it. 

Fall is one of my most favourite seasons – the colours, cool days, candles, and holidays (Thanksgiving, Halloween) make it even better. 

I had to seriously stop myself from buying any sort of halloween or Fall paraphernalia from the Home Sense store in August. Now that it’s officially Fall, I feel I can let myself Fall fully with no inhibitions. Sorry, Adam. But really, they start bringing out those halloween and thanksgiving decorations in the summer, and by the time the holidays actually roll around all the decor has been packed up and its suddenly Christmas in October. 

Thankfully pumpkin is the ingredient of both halloween, thanksgiving and christmas so we can happily eat it for months. I don’t think I ever get sick of eating pumpkin, I even love adding it to my chili. 

I had actually seen this pumpkin granola recipe in April, when another local Vancouver blogger, Jennifer from Foodess, had posted it – pumpkin goods know no boundaries. I was all for pumpkin in April.

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I knew I needed to make it come Fall, and It turned out better than my tastebuds imagined. I changed a few things, subbing in brown rice syrup for maple (feel free to use either), adding in pumpkin seeds and cooking it for a little longer, leaving it in the oven, to really crisp up the clusters. I found it was just as crunchy as store-bought, only obviously much better. The spice is perfect, and not overly sweet.

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I loved her idea of storing it in the freezer, it makes for a nice cold bowl of granola and milk, plus it prolongs its shelf life (that is, if you don’t eat it all in a week) – And as she says, most pumpkin granola is actually just ‘pumpkin spice’ with no trace of real pumpkin puree, whereas this recipe uses a whole cup. Feel free to make a half batch.

Happy Fall :)

Pumpkin Spice Granola
Serves 24
Crunchy, spiced pumpkin granola clusters with dried cranberry for added sweetness.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  2. 1½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  3. 2 tsp ground ginger
  4. ⅓ cup canola oil / coconut oil
  5. ½ cup coconut sugar / brown sugar
  6. ⅓ cup brown rice syrup
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 5 cups old fashioned large flake oats
  9. 1cups natural almonds - pulsed slightly
  10. 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  11. ¼ cup ground flaxseeds or whole
  12. 1-2 cups dried, sweetened cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, oil, sugar, brown rice syrup and vanilla extract. Stir in the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds.
  3. Divide mixture between two large baking sheets lined with parchment and bake 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking frequently, until the almonds are golden and toasty and the granola is dry.
  4. Turn off oven and leave baking sheets inside, propping door open slightly. Allow the oven to cool down with granola inside to create dry, crunchy granola.
  5. Remove from oven, sprinkle cranberries overtop and mix in.
  6. Store in airtight containers for up to a week - or freeze in large freezer bag.
Notes
  1. Crunchy granola keeps well in the freezer, remove and eat with cool milk or yogurt.
Adapted from Foodess
Adapted from Foodess
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Mother’s Day: Breakfast/Brunch Recipe Roundup

May 8, 2014

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This weekend is Mother’s day – which means you need to show your mom some love, and that might mean taking over the kitchen for the morning. Wake mom up with the smell of a delicious breakfast or brunch. I’ve gathered lots of my recipes that are great for a special occasion, including vegan, wheat-free and dairy-free options for all moms needs.

1. Crepes – Delicious, fill with assorted fruit, and top with warm syrup / fruit (wheat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free)

2. Morning Glory Muffins – perfect for a brunch for mom. 

3. Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins 

4. Sugar-Free Banana Nut Muffins 

5. Overnight Oats – great to prepare the night before, so you can bring mom a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning (Vegan-Wheat Free)

6. Spring Eggs and Hash – a sunny, flower-like breakfast for mom to wake up to.

7. Lemon Lavender Blueberry Scones – Great for a breakfast with coffee or tea (wheat-free)

8. Vegan Carrot Cake – amazing, healthier for you and great for a crowd (vegan)

9. Lemon Poppy Seed Sticky Buns - less sweet than a cinnamon bun, a fluffy lemony baked good for breakfast in bed for mom this weekend (dairy-free)

10. Quinoa Waffles - Thick, crisp waffles to make for a crowd (Wheat-Free)

11. Very Berry Smoothie + 3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes – Make mom glow from the inside out

Breakfast, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Weekly Meals, Wheat Free

Overnight Oats: Breakfast Ready in Less Than a Minute

April 4, 2014

Overnight Oats: Breakfast Ready in Less Than a Minute // bakeaholic.caAs it gets warmer I’m less inclined to want a bowl of warm oats for breakfast – except for those dreary rainy spring mornings which we seemed to have a lot of last week. 

During the week it’s hard to wake up early enough to make a healthy breakfast, or even to make a quick green smoothie before leaving for work (maybe I need to set the alarm a little earlier.. or stop hitting the ‘snooze’ button). 

Over spring break It was nice to be able to wake up every morning with enough time to make a healthy, hearty and filling breakfast like Wheat-Free Dairy-Free Sugar-Free Waffles, Spring Eggs and Hash , Wheat-Free Crepes, or Lemon Blueberry Scones. Breakfast and Dinner are the two main meals I usually make, whereas lunch is leftovers or a salad or even a smoothie if I can. Nothing special. 

What is your favourite meal of the day to make? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snacks?? (I like snacks)

I shared a recipe for Overnight Oats in a Jar on Vancity Buzz a little while ago and thought I’d make another. This time I used Almond milk, rolled oats and chia seeds topped with warmed raspberries and a spoonful of almond butter. It’s the perfect combination of warm/cold for those spring mornings. The chia seeds and rolled oats keep you full all morning long. Did you know that the Chia Seeds absorb the liquid from the almond milk, and even expand in your stomach to keep you full longer? Talk about a superfood. They’re packed with protein too. 

Overnight Oats: Breakfast Ready in Less Than a Minute // bakeaholic.ca

Ever since I found (and bought) Weck Jars from Crate&Barrel I had been wanting to make something in them – and they work perfectly for Overnight Oats. I love the size of the jars, and the lids are awesome. 

Here’s how to make Overnight Oats and have breakfast ready in Less than a Minute!! Talk about time saver – and it’s delicious and healthy

Overnight Oats
Make breakfast the night before for a healthy and quick breakfast in the morning with overnight oats with lots of different topping options.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick, if you use quick I would reduce liquid amount)
  2. 1 Tbs. Chia Seeds
  3. Enough almond milk/milk alternative to cover the oats
  4. Berries or fruit of choice (banana, apple, pear, blackberries, blueberries, strawberry)
  5. Tablespoon Nut Butter (almond, peanut butter, sunbutter)
  6. Other options: Granola, Seeds, Dried Fruit
Instructions
  1. In a jar (best to use) or tupperware add the 1/2 cup of rolled oats and sprinkle with chia seeds. Pour enough Almond milk over top to cover the oats. Place in fridge overnight to set - the chia seeds will absorb the liquid and create a gel-like substance, almost like a yogurt.
  2. In the morning remove from fridge and top with berries (I microwaved frozen raspberries) and a spoonful of nut butter. Sprinkle with additional toppings if you desire. Enjoy!
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