This Recipe Is: Free of gluten, dairy, soy, eggs and peanuts. It is also vegan.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Comment below what your favorite food was at your meal and let me know what you’re most thankful for ↓
My favorite food was probably the gluten free stuffing my mom made. Mmmm it was so flavorful. And I’m probably the most thankful for family (pretty typical right?). But really, to be sitting at a table with my loving husband by my side, my mom and dad, my brother, both grandmas who are healthy and happy and so many of my aunts, uncles and cousins, it just fills my heart with love and joy. Being surrounded by family makes me so thankful for all God has done in each of our lives.
Now on with the show, performing today is this AMAZING Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark. Yum yum yum thanks for the grub. Also since we’re two days past Thanksgiving, I can talk about Christmas now, right? Well this granola would be a perfect homemade Christmas gift! Just put it in cute little mason jars with a little ribbon on it. It looks so thoughtful and little do they know it was so easy. Oh and by the way you can get little mason jars or other types of glass jars at the dollar store!
This granola is so flavorful and so crunchy! Since it’s a bark when you break it apart you end up with yummy clusters of crunchy sweet goodness. I love the flavor from the dark brown sugar and The Real Pantry’s pumpkin spice. I normally just use light brown sugar as my default, but I’m so happy I started experimenting with the dark brown. It has such a rich and warm molasses flavor that is so perfect for treats this time of year.
When it comes to granola you can really have fun with the mix-ins. I added the ground flax and buckwheat groats because they are very healthy and the buckwheat groats have a nice crunch. I will warn you though, well I hope you know this, granola is not a “health food”. I think brands try to market it as a healthy breakfast food or whatever. Guys, if it’s loaded with sugar you have to realize it’s a treat. Yes this would be yummy on yogurt or tossed in with fruit. But sugar is sugar, friends. With that said, enjoy it for what it is! A crunchy high protein snack (with lots of sugar). 🙂
Pumpkin Spice Granola BarkPrint This
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons buckwheat groats
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons almond butter or other nut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon The Real Pantry’s Pumpkin Spice
- Preheat oven to 250ºF and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Chop almonds and walnuts and then mix the chopped nuts with the buckwheat groats, ground flax and raisins.
- In a medium sized pot over medium heat, combine brown sugar, coconut oil, almond butter, honey and pumpkin spice. Carefully bring it to a small boil while whisking and then simmer for about 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Be careful not to burn the sugar, remove from heat if it starts to get too hot.
- Pour the sugar into the bowl of nuts and mix very well with a rubber spatula. Then spread out on your parchment paper lined baking sheet and get it in the oven. Do this step quick so the sugar doesn’t harden or get too stiff. Bake for about an hour or until sugar has firmed up around edges. It will still be slightly soft to touch while warm.
- Cool at room temperature for about a half hour. As it cools it will get crisp and hard. Break apart into bite sized pieces once cooled.