One of my friends has been nagging me for ages to make her some sugar free granola, so this weekend I whipped up a batch of Sarah Wilson’s pumpkin spiced granola from her I Quit Sugar Christmas Meal Plan book and have shared the recipe below.
A great gift for Christmas I packaged up some for my friends, and there’s still a load left to keep me going throughout the rest of December. It also made my whole flat smell amazing – the perfect set for some present wrapping and Christmas music.
I used some frozen pumpkin puree I had leftover from Halloween but you could use squash as substitute which is more readily available in most supermarkets. There are a few more specialist ingredients to pick up from your local health store like the rice malt syrup and chia seeds, but once you’ve stocked up they’ll last an age and are super handy for low sugar cooking (I usually order a few things off Healthy Supplies if I can’t find them locally).
Its super delicious, I couldn’t stop eating a load of it whilst I was cooking! Give it a go over the holidays and you can at least you can start off the days well with this seasonal low sugar breakfast option.
Recipe by Sarah Wilson
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Makes 6-8 gifts or a large batch
What you need:
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter; or a mix of both)
- 3 tablespoons rice malt syrup
- ½ cup pumpkin or squash puree (simply roast or steam, then mash with a fork)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon each of: cinnamon, allspice and ginger powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
- 2 cups almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts chopped roughly
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 140 C. In a saucepan, melt the oil/butter, syrup and pumpkin puree and bring to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and stir in the oats until well combined, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Spread the mixture evenly on baking paper on a tray and bake for about 20 minutes, until golden, turning halfway.
- When golden (I like to make mine quite dark; the darker it is, the crunchier it is), remove and cool immediately to get it crispy. Break up the pieces a little then divide into 6 pretty jars. Decorate as you see fit!
Sarah’s Gift Tip: Present to your guest with little swing tag attached that has the recipe written out, plus serving tips such as “serve with full-fat plain yoghurt for breakfast” or “serve with some coconut cream that you’ve left in the fridge overnight for a lush dessert”.