Feature Friday: Fall-Inspired Baked Granola

In the spirit of leaning into all the fall things, I bring you another recipe that conjures up images of pumpkins and colorful leaves. Bonus: it doubles as edible potpourri because it makes your whole house smell good while you’re making it. Bonus, bonus: you can say humble brag-y things like ‘oh I made it myself’ when someone asks you where you bought your granola. You’re so domestic.

So, granola. Easy, versatile, usually healthy. It checks all the boxes, and only dirties up about 3 dishes in the process, so you can add ‘low maintenance’ to that list too (doesn’t granola sound almost datable?). I like to whip up a batch at the beginning of the week and use it on cashew yogurt or smoothie bowls, impress my neighbors by dropping off a container, or just eat it solo as an on-the-go snack.

Not trying to tire you out of cinnamon and pumpkin yet, but this fall-flavored granola is really good.

Preheat oven to 350. Pit and soak dates for a couple of hours (or skip this step, but you’ll need to add more water to the ‘paste’ mixture). Add dates to food processor or blender with filtered water, blend until very smooth.

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and mix with a spoon. Then, add nut butter, date paste, and vanilla. Mix with a spoon again until well-incorporated. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir/flip granola around with a spoon. Bake for another 15 minutes, stir/flip. Then bake for 5-ish minutes (until the granola is your desired brown-ness). Cool and enjoy!

Ingredients:

Date paste –

8-10 Dates, pitted and soaked for 1-2 hours
1/2 C Filtered water (or more if not soaking dates)

Granola –

1/2 C Date paste (*can add a little maple syrup or other dates if you like a sweeter flavor)
1/2 C Almonds, chopped
1/2 C Pecans and/or Walnuts, chopped
1/4 C Pepitas, chopped
1/3 C Cashew butter, or other nut butter (*nut butter should be very creamy and pourable – melt if necessary)
3 C Organic rolled oats (*can be gluten free if preferred)
1 t Organic cinnamon
1 t Organic nutmeg
3 t Organic pumpkin pie spice
2 t Organic vanilla
1/4 t Sea salt

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