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Happy Halloween Granola

It’s that time again, when the ghouls appear with buckets of candy filled with carmine, gelatin and more artificial colors than I care to mention.

This also means that I spend a fair amount of time saying “NO” to said candy. I don’t like it. they don’t like it so I have to find a way to keep Halloween fun and tasty in a way that makes us both happy.

Bring on the granola! This year we added chocolate chips  making it a great candy alternative( last year was cranberries) . It’s sweet, salty chocolaty goodness you will all enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup plus1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Method:
preheat oven to 315 degrees. in a large bowl, mix dry ingredients ( oats though salt). in a small bowl, stir wet ingredients together until smooth. gradually add wet mixture to dry, stirring continually.  spread in a single layer on non-stick cookie sheet. bake for 10 minutes, then stir. bake an additional 15-20 minutes or just until lightly browned. allow to cool slightly then add chocolate chips and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Seriously, isn’t that simple? I will be making a big batch of this to send to friends and family, a healthy treat that also travels well is perfect for gifting!

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