Pumpkin Granola

from http://vegetarianventures.com/2012/09/26/pumpkin-granola/
Adapted from Two Peas & A Pod

5 cups rolled oats
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup honey (or agave to make vegan)
dash of vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cherries


Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, apple sauce, honey, and vanilla. Spread evenly onto prepared baking sheet and stick in the oven.

Cook for 40 minutes (stir the oats around halfway through cooking time). Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Fold in dried cherries. Let cool completely (this will help crisp it up!) and then sprinkle over yogurt, milk, or whatever you are feeling. Store in an airtight container.

Note: we have not actually tried the recipe above, but if we did, we would certainly add some nuts, because she probably just forgot to include them...

Tip: What to Eat on a Plant-Based Diet

Here is a really good blog-post from The Running Carrot, talking about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. This doesn't mean eating only plants, just eating mostly plants. The article has oodles of great nutritional info on produce, much of which we see in Fair Shares. It will make you feel pretty...Read more


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