Pumpkin + Coconut Granola

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It’s that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about…the season of pumpkin craze. Everywhere I turn pumpkin is jumping out at me. I nearly fainted when I saw “pumpkin spice oreos”. Consumers do know there isn’t any actual pumpkin in those oreos, right? And pumpkin spice candy corn, there isn’t any real pumpkin in those either. I’m not going to mention a peep about the lack of real pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte. If I start on that one, I may never stop. I’m not against the pumpkin spice craze that seems to be growing bigger and bigger every year. In fact, I’m a huge fan of it, as long as it’s the real deal.  So, to jump on the pumpkin spice band wagon and officially kick off Fall, I made a batch of pumpkin granola. With REAL pumpkin, of course.

Granola is a great staple to have in the pantry.  It can be tricky to find a store bought granola that isn’t off the charts in sugar or loaded with unnecessary additives. Plus, when you make your own you can add top notch ingredients, like chia seeds, that normally wouldn’t make their way into the store bought box of granola. Making your own is easy and cheap. Mix some with kefir/yogurt and a banana and you have yourself a quick breakfast. This would also be a great edible gift, now that we’re making our way into the giving season.

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