Today, Satellite Radio switched channels 4 and 17 over to Christmas music. While driving down the road, I punched Brian in the arm out of supreme, intense excitement. For a Christmas-aholic like myself, this day is what I wait for all year. I’m the person that has been listening, in secret, for weeks. Now that the radio is playing holiday music for the general public, it is definitely acceptable for me to bask in the Christmas glory.
Except for one small thing. I still need way more time for fall. I haven’t raked a single leaf yet. Not one pumpkin spice latte has passed through these lips. And I’ve still got a ton of fall recipes to share with you. There’s a maple vanilla spice cupcakes, some warm drinks. And of course, this granola.
I’ve always been a fan of granola but often overlook it. I’m not sure why. It took ten minutes to whip this up and 40 minutes of unattended baking. It’s an incredibly low-maintenance breakfast food (or, let’s be honest, any time food). And this version is great because it’s only 92 calories per serving. Mix 1/4 cup of this granola into a cup of Greek yogurt. It’s filling, tasty and easy. Plus it is spiced and warm, totally fall-flavored. I’m glad I shared it before the real Christmas hysteria sets in. Enjoy!
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- 3¼ cups old-fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup shredded, sweetened coconut
- ¼ cup uncooked quinoa
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. ginger
- 2 egg whites
- ⅓ cup canned pumpkin
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 Tbsp. Craisins
- 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips or chunks
- Heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Combine oats, coconut, quinoa and spices in a large bowl.
- Use a fork and whip egg whites for one minute. Add pumpkin, honey, brown sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla to the egg whites and whisk to combine.
- Pour over oats and mix well to combine. Toss in Craisins and chocolate and mix.
- Spread on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.
- Allow to cool than transfer to a mason jar for storage.