Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Granola

Good Morning {!}

And how can your day not be off to a marvelous start with this in your cereal bowl

Life around here has been a lot of catching up with old friends.  A lot of staying in pajamas for extended hours.  And a lot of pumpkin.  These three things pretty much will make up my holidays.

So I am determined to incorporate pumpkin into every meal…

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Granola
adapted from the lovely Roost
3 1/2 cups organic rolled oats
2 1/2 cups puffed millet cereal
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar [I used a little less for a less sweet granola]
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup local honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
1/4 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp ground flax

Preheat oven to 325F

In a large bowl mix oats and puffed millet.  In another bowl mix together all spices, salt sugar, applesauce, pumpkin, honey, and vanilla.

Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl of oats and puffed millet and stir until everything is evenly coated.  Spread on a sprayed baking sheet or one covered with a piece of parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes.

I tossed the bowl of chopped almonds with a few dashes of cinnamon and the ground flax seed.  After about a half hour turn the granola over a bit with a spatula then sprinkle the almonds on top and bake for roughly another 15 minutes.  Your looking for a light brown color, when the granola begins to get dark it has been in for too long.

Let the granola cool completely before tossing with dark chocolate chips and then sealing in an air tight container.

Served over cold and creamy plain greek yogurt and topped with a handful of golden raisins is pure bliss in your mouth.  What a way to start the day 😉

What is your favorite way to start the day {?}



  1. Oh this looks marvelous! I was so keen to see how you’d incorporate pumpkin – super-yum! I do love to start out with cereal most days (I know boring), but usually mix my cereals…using 2 or 3 boxes in one bowl 🙂

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