Autumn pepita granola

by Kiran on November 7, 2011 · 44 comments

in Breakfast/Brunch, Snack

Happy Monday!

There’s something to say about homemade granola. Well, there’s a lot to say:

  • Wholesome
  • Affordable
  • Healthy
  • and one of the easiest recipes for first time oven users. That includes me.
Seriously. It cannot be easier than homemade granola. Especially when the seeds are harvested during Halloween when pumpkins are carved and you are left with glorious amount of pumpkin seeds! Nothing, as delicious as fresh pumpkin seeds should ever go to waste, people.

I don’t usually crank the oven as often as I like. Especially during summer. That’s a huge NO.

Now that it’s getting chiller, there is no excuse. Not even a valid reason. Hmmphh..

And because of the colder weather, I’ve been enjoying copious amount of home made decaf cappuccino with fancy foam. It’s my latest obsession – or an excuse of no-access to Starbucks. Either way, it works for my wallet and sanity.

Healthy and wholesome granola’s are a great source for snacking, topping parfaits, yogurt, soups, baked goods or even on plain oats and smoothies. The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination. I can’t guide you for everything, ya know ;)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw pepita (pumpkin seeds – if removed from gut, DO NOT RINSE)
  • 1 cup rolled/old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tsp coconut butter/oil
  • 2 heaping tbsp agave nectar/honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
    2. Toss all ingredients and spread evenly across baking/cookie sheet.
    3. Bake granola for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so, for even cooking.
    4. Remove from oven. Allow to completely cool before storing in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

 

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1 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 7, 2011 at 12:41 PM

This granola has like everything on my favorite list of ingredients! And just so happens I made pumpkin puree yesterday via a sugar pumpkin. Which means I have pepitas! Yeah! (crowd roars). I’m making this. Just…like…that! :D
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2 Kiran November 11, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Christine,
You are so sweet. And hilarious. My favorite personality :D

How was the pumpkin puree? I’ve got to make some soon.

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3 Georgie November 7, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Kiran, I was just thinking about making my own granola and you have this incredibly yummy recipe here. Thanks for making & sharing.
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4 Kiran November 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Georgie,
You are welcome honey – please let me know how it tastes :)

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5 Khushboo November 8, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Yess I have all these ingredients at home- interesting about not washing the pumpkin seeds! I totally would have otherwise! I’m such a granola fan so will definitely be making this! I love granola with yogurt, but even plain hits the spot for me! You know what goes best with granola…ice cream (not that I would know or anything ;))!
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6 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Khushboo,
The pepita’s gets quite slimy if you wash it. It’s better not to, otherwise it would not crisp while baking. Please do make this granola and let me know how it tastes, on yogurt, alone or with ice cream. I would totally go with the ice cream, not that I am suggesting ;)

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7 Faith November 8, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Homemade granola is a favorite in my house — I actually just made a seasonal (pumpkin!) batch this weekend! (I’ll be posting it on Friday. :) ) Yours looks wonderful and I love your pictures!
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8 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Faith,
Thank you honey – am off to check out your recipe :)

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9 The Elegant Eggplant November 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I adore the idea of making your own granola. Thanks for the inspiration!! Yours looks delicious.
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10 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Rebecca,
Thanks honey. Do try this simple yet scrumptious recipe, and let me know how it tastes :)

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11 Health Bee November 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM

That’s a great recipe! Your photos are great!

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12 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Healthbee,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :)

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13 Juliana November 8, 2011 at 5:26 PM

I never made granola…this one sounds and looks delicious with pepitas.
Hope you are having a nice week Kiran :-)
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14 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Juliana,
I’ve been making granola every now and then, and I think it’s time to make it more often. It’s so affordable and you can easily switch up or down by using seasonal ingredients. We are currently road-tripping to Atlanta and having a blast over here. I hope you are having a very good weekend Juliana :)

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15 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy November 8, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Looks perfect way to enjoy autumn mornings!I have never tried pepitas – can u imagine..but looking at this granola, I think I m going to buy a batch soon! I love your the cup in which you are serving decaf! Pass me some.
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16 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Tanvi,
I can hardly believe that you haven’t tried pepitas. That being said, I have yet to try many ingredients my self :D
I wish the cappucinno was transportable. Would be so happy to pass you some, if could.

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17 Punctuation Mark November 8, 2011 at 7:01 PM

i will look into making it… looks fantastic!

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18 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Elies,
Thanks dear- let me know how it tastes :)

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19 Kelly November 8, 2011 at 7:54 PM

First of all, I have to tell you how absolutely beautiful your photos are. Simple. Pure. Gorgeous. Second, I’m not sure what I’m more smitten with: your granola or your homespun, fancy cappuccino?!! Both look very tantalizing on a cold, autumn evening. Lovely Kiran.
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20 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Kelly,
You are way too kind dear- my photos are simple and I think that relates to many. Thank you so much for the compliments! You’ve actually made my week so beautiful :)

That fancy cappuccino foam is made using a hand frothier purchased from Ikea for less than $3, I think! Haha! So cheap, but tastes very gourmet! Glad I am able to save $$ not spending in expensive coffee shops. The key is milk, good coffee & a french press. I would post the recipe next week :)

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21 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 8, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I like to munch on granola by itself or I put on top of yogurt. I like the chia seeds in it, that’s my recent addiction!
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22 mycookinghut November 9, 2011 at 6:22 AM

I think granola with yogurt sounds absolutely delish!
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23 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Sylvie,
I hope it’s safe to say I am also addicted to chia seeds :)

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24 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 8, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Love the photographs and recipe! Pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite things to nibble on–so I can only imagine how delicious this is. Thanks for the recipe!

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25 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Laura,
Thank you so much for the compliments, honey :)
Please do try the recipe and let me know how it tastes!

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26 Monisia November 9, 2011 at 2:50 AM

Love granola;))looks great!
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27 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Monisia,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :)

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28 Angie@Angiesrecipes November 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I love homemade granola, esp. when it’s loaded with pepita!
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29 Biana | Simple and Tasty Recipes November 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM

This granola is great for fall!
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30 Nisrine M. November 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I just made an similar recipe for my blog that I will be posting soon. I love your recipe with pumpkin seeds. Very autumnal.

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31 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Nisrine M,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :) I would definitely check out your granola recipe.

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32 Jamie Walker November 9, 2011 at 8:24 PM

OMG – that granola looks amazing! Love that you included Pepitas…

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33 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Jamie,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments honey – truly made my week :)

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34 Simply Life November 9, 2011 at 8:24 PM

there really is something so special about homemade granola and this looks INCREDIBLE!!!
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35 vianney November 10, 2011 at 12:06 AM

I love pepitas, so I know I would really enjoy this soup!! thanks
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36 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Vianney,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :)

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37 Em (Wine and Butter) November 10, 2011 at 7:53 AM

It looks so photogenic… I love it! Ive just made some granola bars but, as soon as those are gone, I think I’ll need to get onto this!
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38 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Em,
Thanks for the compliments dear – please let me know how it tastes :)

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39 Heavenly Housewife November 10, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Your pictures always make me so hungry, and this one is no exception as breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I love this granola! I have been meaning to try and make my own. I want to do one with a Middle Eastern twist. Something like pistachios and dried rose petals.
*kisses* HH
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40 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:40 PM

HH,
I love your Middle Eastern twist idea on regular granola – do share the recipe soon :)

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41 Katie November 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

That granola looks so good! I’ve been wanting to make my own recently, too. Your photos make this season look so cozy!
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42 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Katie,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments honey. Please do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes!

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43 Reem | Simply Reem November 12, 2011 at 11:41 PM

What a perfect homemade granola…
Yours picture are so beautiful…
I love the colored spoon, they look so cute Kiran…

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