Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola Healthy Style

Hey y’all…it’s confession time. I hate to admit it – but I am not a fan of pumpkin.  Ironically I love Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte – go figure.  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. In my journey to a healthier me, I discovered that I love Fage 2% Greek Yogurt.  The bonus is that it packs in 7 grams of protein and makes me feel full and satisfied.

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 and it’s good for your skin.  I embarked to create a healthier granola that included pecans and pumpkin while eliminating hidden oils and fat.

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!!I added some honey for a tinge of sweetness…

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

Sesame seeds for added crunch and flavor. The seeds taste so wonderful after they are toasted in the oven.

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!!This granola is delicious on top of my morning yogurt. It’s also a great snack – especially when I’m on the go. I like to keep a little bit in a zip lock bag inside my purse when I’m out and about.

What do you put on top of your yogurt?

Until tomorrow…

XO~Vicki

Comments

  1. says

    How are we friends! Not a pumpkin lover! Not a morning person! No breakfast? Good thing you’re funny and gorgeous ha ha. Girl this granola looks so good. It’s going to be perfect for traveling and also to have something healthy to offer guests in the morning. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Hugs, CoCo
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