I am sitting in a coffee shop the day after the election trying hard to finish up school work and write this blog post, but I am more intrigued by the conversations of politics, faith, and family stories that are coming to light. I love listening to the stories of others. We are all so much alike in that we crave a deep connection to something bigger than ourselves and we all come from an imperfect family because we are human. We all just want love and acceptance. We have a loving Father who knows His children. He knew we were going to choose our selfish desires over obedience. That is why He made a way. My hope isn’t in people, because they will always let you down. Yes, even family. My hope isn’t in a President because he is flawed just like me. My hope is in Jesus. For those that say they do not need Jesus and that a loving God would not let His people suffer; my heart hurts for them. The bible is God’s word and I believe His word. Read John 3:16. Jesus IS God’s answer so that His people do not have to suffer after death and also so that they can have hope and peace on this earth. We are all flawed, just look around. We all need some hope and a lot of love.
And with that I am off on a tangent. What does that all have to do with granola. Well, it is food for the soul. Just telling you how my night went down and to give you some “food for thought.”
Anyway onto the health topic of the day. GRANOLA.
Buying granola at the store is very convenient but read the ingredients and you will find there are added ingredients that don;t need to be there. If you prefer to buy granola look for the simplest ingredient list and the lowest sugar. Most times you are adding granola to a sweetened yogurt and so a lower sugar granola will help you lessen your sugar consumption.
This pumpkin walnut granola uses real pumpkin puree and maple syrup to lightly sweeten and bind the oats together. Not a fan of walnuts. Use pecans or pumpkin seeds instead.
You will find that making your own will save you money and lessen your sugar consumption.
Pumpkin Walnut Granola
3/4 cup pumpkin puree canned or fresh
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 TBLS unrefined organic coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBLS cinnamon
4 cups whole oats
1 cup raw walnuts
Melt pumpkin, syrup, oil, vanilla in a large pot over the stove. Take off the heat and add the dry ingredients.
Lay out on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 300 for 1 hour checking and folding over often.
Let cool and transfer to a glass jar.