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Pumpkin Date Granola

You know how I love my granola! Couldn’t let fall pass without making a nice pumpkin one😍😍 With this I used up the rest of the pumpkin purée I had frozen which was perfect. I used the first half in my Pumpkin Oat Cookies, which you should definitely check out because they are delicious.

In this granola, we’ve got a LOT of pumpkin flavour, as well as pumpkin seeds, puffed wheat, and dates for sweetness🙌 And you’d better believe that some magic is gonna happen in the oven and you’ll be left with some serious clusters. What is a granola without the clusters? This stuff makes the perfect healthy breakfast. It’s vegan and refined sugar free, and goes great with milk, yogurt, oats, or on a smoothie bowl!😍

It only takes about 30 minutes to whip up this recipe, so you can make it in a flash when you feel like you need a quick snack or dessert. Pumpkin muffins and stuff are so overrated. This granola is so versatile and crunchy and way more tasty. I’ve got a big container of it in my fridge right now and can’t wait to eat it all up❤️

Hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Date Granola

Serves: 4-6

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quick or rolled oats
  • 1 cup puffed wheat
  • 1/2 cup shelled and roasted pumpkin seeds, salted
  • 3 dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin purée
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix together the oats, puffed wheat, pumpkin seeds and chopped dates in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Stir together the pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup and spices in a separate, small bowl. Add into the oat mixture and mix until everything is throughly combined.
  4. Spread the granola in an even layer on a parchment lined baking sheet, and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Increase the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and continue to bake for another 2-5 minutes. Keep a close eye on the granola at this point, as it can burn quickly.
  6. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

This recipe is so good! Let me know if you decide to make it! Have a great weekend:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Carrot and Date Breakfast Cookies

Hey guys! Fall just sort of snuck up on my and now WHAM! It’s here. The other day I made this tea and berry drink thing and I realized that the time for berries has passed. We need some warm spices and things that are orange😂 So, I present to you, Carrot and Date Breakfast Cookies! These babes are simple, sweet, and hearty, and contain a very special secret ingredient.

Do you want to know what it is? The secret ingredient? It’s tahini!! I’ve only ever used tahini in hummus before, but in these breakfast cookies it gives such a nice nutty flavour! The other not-so-secret ingredients are carrots, dates, oats, and a bunch of fall spices. Let me just list all of the things that these are: REFINED SUGAR FREE. VEGAN. GLUTEN FREE. DAIRY FREE. DELICIOUS. Delicious is now a legit food category. These cookies just made it one.

If you don’t have tahini (you should get some) you can use a nut butter of choice👌 Also, play around with some add ins because raisins, chocolate chips, or dried fruit and nuts would be great in these. In this recipe, you have a perfect autumn-ish foundation for all of your fall baking dreams. Not to mention a great breakfast✌️ Enjoy my friends!!

Carrot and Date Breakfast Cookies

Serves: Makes 9 cookies

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 10 large Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 2/3 cup grated carrot
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice

Directions:

  1. Bring a small pot to a simmer, then remove it from the heat. Add in the dates and let them sit in the warm water for 7-10 minutes to soften up.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add the softened dates into a blender or food processor and blend until a smooth paste forms. Scoop it into a bowl.
  4. Add the oats, carrot, tahini, and spices to the date paste. Stir until combined.
  5. Line a pan with parchment paper, and scoop out tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Place them on the pan and press down with your fingers to form cookies. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before enjoying.

Hope you like this first taste of fall! Stay tuned for some apple and pumpkin recipes coming soon 🙌🙌

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Chocolate Date Puffed Wheat Squares

How’s it going guys? Oh, you’re asking what you should do today? Well I have a great answer because you NEED to make these Chocolate Date Puffed Wheat Squares!

I don’t buy dates very often because they’re a tad expensive, but someone gave me a bunch a little while ago so I knew I had to do something special with them. I’ve been eating them by themselves (which is amazing), and I’ve also heard that they’re spectacular with peanut butter, but there are so many awesome desserty things you can do with dates. I decided to make these CHOCOLATE DATE PUFFED WHEAT SQUARES. Sweet, gooey, and a little crunchy, they’re the perfect treat!

These squares are pretty easy to make, too. You just soften up some dates in warm water, them blend them up to make a kind of paste. Then you mix that with cocoa, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla, heat it up a bit, and mix it in with puffed wheat. I let mine harden in the fridge overnight after I pressed them into a greased pan, but you should be good to go in a few hours. That simplicity mixed with the fact that these squares taste AMAZING and have no refined sugar makes them a winner in my book.

So yeah, go make these squares and you WILL NOT regret it:)

Chocolate Date Puffed Wheat Squares

Serves: Makes 9 squares

Total Time: 30 minutes, plus at least 3 hours cooling time.

Ingredients:

  • 10 large Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 cups puffed wheat

Directions:

  1. Heat some water in a small pot over the stove until it just begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and add in the dates. Let them sit for about 10 minutes to soften them up.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates and add them into a blender or food processor. Blend until a kind of paste forms, but don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be completely smooth.
  3. Transfer the date paste back into the small pot and add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Place over low heat on the stove for about 2 minutes as you stir to combine.
  4. Remove the date mixture from the heat. Dump the puffed wheat into a large bowl and mix in the chocolatey dates. Press the soon-to-be puffed wheat squares into an 8×8 pan greased with coconut oil.
  5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until firm enough to eat; around 3 hours. You can try and speed up this process by throwing the squares into the freezer.
  6. Once the puffed wheat mixture has cooled, cut it into 9 squares and enjoy!
  7. Store in the fridge.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Yours Truly,

Olivia;))