It's that time of year again; pumpkin season! I love using pie pumpkins and making my own pumpkin puree. It's so simple, and looks so good. That's what we did with this pumpkin granola. If you've never tried using your own pumpkin, you should give it a try. I just steam mine but I've also used it raw by soaking the pumpkin overnight and using it raw in the recipes. It works really well. With this recipe, I actually steamed my pumpkin and pureed it in my Vitamix. This granola is very light and crisp and you can add cranberries, raisins, dates, nuts, etc., after it's been dried. I added unsweetened cranberries and dates to my finished granola and it was perfect!
I also tried adding in a cardamon pod and cinnamon stick to my coconut oil as I was melting it over a double boiler to add in a little extra flavor. If you do this, make sure you discard the cardamon and cinnamon stick before pouring your coconut oil into the other ingredients. I've also tried adding in 1/8 cup each of almond butter and tahini to the coconut oil, but I actually like it best without. The nut butters give it a heavier texture than without, plus it takes away from some of the other flavors of the granola. Click on the video below to watch our demonstration!
2 cups dried and sprouted buckwheat
1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2t vanilla (I used powder so added it to my dry ingredients. If using extract, add it to your wet ingredients)
1/2t sea salt
3T coconut crystals
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup halved raw cashews
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
Add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
1/3 cup melted coconut (see notes)
3T pure maple syrup
1 cup pumpkin puree
Mix all wet ingredients together and pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Place on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 145 degrees for one hour and then turn down to 115 degrees for 8-10 hours until crisp. Mine took about 8 hours. You can then add in cranberries, raisins, nuts, dates, etc. Store in a covered glass container. This stays fresh for awhile. Mine never lasts very long so I can't say exactly how long it will stay fresh.