Southern Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola…and I made it Weight Watchers friendly…
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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.
- 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
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
Adding honey for a tinge of sweetness…
Sesame seeds for add crunch and flavor…
Ready to bake in the oven…
Yum…baked and ready to eat.
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.
What do you put on top of your yogurt?