I was going to title this recipe "PP Nola" which was short for Pumpkin Pie Granola, but I don't know, something about PP Nola sounds kinda gross? And this granola is definitely NOT gross.
It's amazing actually! Hence why I am sharing the recipe. (P.S. the original inspiration for this recipe came from this one)
Like many things "pumpkin"... there's no actual pumpkin in this pumpkin pie granola. Sorry. We live in a deceitful world. It's not because I am against pumpkin or anything like that. I LOVE PUMPKIN. Which just reminded me, I found this picture from two years ago that was never made public. Now's the time - here you go.
As you can see, I love pumpkins, so the only reason I didn't use any actual pumpkin is simply because I just didn't have any on hand. But, I did use pumpkin pie spice and pepitas, otherwise known as raw pumpkin seeds. Maybe that counts for something.
So here you can see I tipped the jar over and let the granola spill out. I don't know why, I mean it seems like a waste of time to have to pick it all up again, but that's what recipe blogger people do, so I did it too. Don't worry, I wouldn't follow them to the jumping bridge.
Anyway, this pumpkin pie SPICE granola is easy as pie (pumpkin perhaps?), plant protein-packed, low in sugar with just a bit of maple. It's gluten-free if you use oats that are, um, gluten-free - and the reason you would do this is because even though oats are naturally gluten-free, they are often contaminated with gluten through their processing. So get GF oats, or don't, up to you. But do make this because it's simple, great to have on hand, and it makes your house/apartment/abode smell amazing!
Pumpkin Pie Protein Granola
1.5 cups gluten-free oats
1/3 cup pepitas
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut (I used shreds but I would have used flakes if I had tham)
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup quinoa or millet (dry)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 heaping scoop plant-based protein powder (Sunwarrior is my pref)
2 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
2 TBSP coconut oil
2 TBSP smooth almond butter
4 TBSP (1/4 cup) maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
to make the PPP Nola:
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and mix together.
In a small saucepan on low heat, stir the wet ingredients until all the way melted.
Add the wet mixture to the dry, and mix until there's no point of mixing it anymore (everything is combined).
Spread mixture evenly on a large baking sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Bake for 3 more minutes.
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