I am probably the only person who doesn’t like fall. I don’t like it getting colder (if it’s cold with no snow to ski on, what’s the point?), there is less sun, and tons of football. Blegh. Not for me.
That said, I do like some things about fall. I love apples, pumpkins – and like every other woman in America, I love pumpkin spice. Lately I’d been switching up my normal green breakfast smoothie with a quick breakfast of granola mixed with either a banana and soy milk, or a sweet potato breakfast bowl. But the granola we had at home – blueberry and cherry varieties were good – but too summery. And when I went to the market I wanted something other than apple cinnamon granola (not sure why, it just wasn’t working for me).
So as pumpkin spice lattes hit the market I thought – YES – that is what I want to eat!!! So here it is for you now, one of my favorite granola flavors ever – and perfect for fall!
For now, while it’s still warm out, i’ve been enjoying it loose as a snack, or mixed with soy milk for breakfast. But as it get’s colder, I’m going to mix in on top of the sweet potato smoothie bowl I mentioned. All those flavors mixed together are like the best of fall, in a hearty and healthy breakfast. I wonder though – would it be overkill to have a pumpkin spice latte with it? Maybe? (I rarely get them since I don’t really drink coffee, but they are soooooo good.)
If you want to be healthy you can buy organic craisins without any added sugar, or, dehydrate your own (and if you do, you are my hero and I want you to tell me all about it!). Ill admit, I got the regular kind, and rinsed them a little to make myself feel like I got some off some of the sugar. Since I am a total admitted sugar addict, I have to say I love the burst of sweetness from the craisins. Yum! (I promise I won’t pick them out if you don’t.)One of the best perks of making this granola? As it’s roasting your home will fill with the most delicious smell from the pumpkin spice. It smells like you are baking dozens of pies, and it’s amazing. But don’t worry – when you eat it, the spice flavor isn’t overwhelming, it’s just subtly mixed with the oats and pecans. Mmm!
Do you like making granola? What are you favorite varieties? Are you a pumpkin spice addict too?
Since we are in the middle of fall I’m trying to stay on track with my #100DaysOfFallFit. So far, with work being crazy it hasn’t been going to well, but I’m not giving up! This is about learning a balance of fitness and food in my life – and I hope you will join me on this journey using #100DaysOfFallFit to chronicle your progress too!
So, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to see what I’m cooking and eating, and what I’m up to – whether it’s going for a run or finding the best new brunch spot in Brooklyn! (And share with me what you are making and doing too!)