Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola…and I made it Weight Watchers friendly…

I hate to admit it – but I am not a fan of pumpkin.  Ironically I love Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte – go figure.  As a Weight Watcher I know the importance of healthy eating, which brings me to this admission…I am not a fan of breakfast.  I am just not one of those eager beavers who jumps out of bed in the morning who can’t wait to make a fabulous omelet. I did discover that I love Fage 2% Greek Yogurt.  The bonus is that it packs in 7 grams of protein and just 4 points per value.

I like to add crunch to my yogurt so, sometimes I add almonds, pecans or cereal to the top. I just discovered that pumpkin is a superfood, high in fiber and antioxidants, good for your skin and is zero points.  I embarked to create a granola that included pecans and pumpkin and wouldn’t break my Weight Watchers points bank.

Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola - and it is Weight Watchers friendly!!

 

Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola…Healthy Style

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats - not instant
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbs sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend to combine ingredients. Keep stirring until all ingredients are well blended and dry ingredients are evenly coated.

Line a large baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper.

Spread the granola mixture and flatten evenly.

Bake the granola 35-45 minutes, stirring three times, until golden brown.

Cool the granola completely. Store in air-tight containers for up to four weeks.

Weight Watchers Points per Value - 1 point per 2 tablespoonfuls

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Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola - and it is Weight Watchers friendly!!

Adding honey for a tinge of sweetness…

Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola - and it is Weight Watchers friendly!!

Sesame seeds for add crunch and flavor…

Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola - and it is Weight Watchers friendly!!

Ready to bake in the oven…

Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola - and it is Weight Watchers friendly!!

Yum…baked and ready to eat.

Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola - and it is Weight Watchers friendly!!

I love this granola…the pumpkin and spice have great flavor.  The honey gives just a little sweetness.  The cranberries add just a pinch of tartness. And I love the pecan flavor after they are toasted in the baking process.

Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola - and it is Weight Watchers friendly!!

What do you put on top of your yogurt?