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by Caitlin Saniga

Pumpkin spice granola

I’ve been watching fall movies (Lemony Snicket, anyone?) and snacking on this pumpkin granola lately. Isn’t autumn lovely?

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Combine the oats, flax seeds, almonds, cranberries, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in one bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coffee syrup, egg white, oil, and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir and stir and stir until all of the ingredients are wet.

For chunky granola, line a glass baking pan with parchment paper. Scoop the granola onto the parchment and spread in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, or until granola is golden-brown, dry, and hardened slightly. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer the granola to an airtight container.

For finer granola, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the granola onto the parchment and spread in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, then stir, breaking up any clusters. Bake for 15 minutes longer, or until the granola is golden-brown, dry, and hardened slightly. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer the granola to an airtight container.

Store the granola at room temperature for up to 1 week.

 

Recipe adapted from: Aunt Karen’s recipe

*It’s the breakfast that doesn’t require a skillet or even a bowl; It’s the easily prepared and transportable granola! This month we’re getting our crunch on with homemade granola recipes that can be enjoyed on the go or part of a complete breakfast. Check out all the Morning Clusters recipes here.

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by Sarah Steimer

Nutty vanilla-cinnamon granola

Don’t have all the nuts or seeds I mention in the ingredients? Substitute away! But I do highly recommend using lots of seeds and nuts. Do a quick Google search to check out the nutritional facts of your ingredients — you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that pepitas have lots of iron and how flaxseed is a good source of omega 3. Not a bad way to start the morning!

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by Sarah Steimer

A cup of coffee (or in Anna's case, the whole pot) plus a couple of these guys is not a bad start to the day.

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter (if you keep it refrigerated, give it some time on the counter so it can get soft)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (dark chocolate is healthiest)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Combine all ingredients and roll into small balls – although for me it was more like pressing them into small balls. Refrigerate and grab for breakfast.

Makes about 16 golf ball-sized energy nuggets.

Recipe: Anna Carney

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