When I think of the Autumn Season, I imagine the aroma of spiced bake goods, along with the crackling sound of a freshly lit bonfire on a crisp and cool evening. But in order to get that perfect Fall-inspired evening, you have to start your day off right with my Autumn’s Protein-Packed Granola. This protein-packed granola tastes so much like Fall, it is unbelievable and delightfully scrumptious.
But I want to know, what is your ideal Fall-inspired day?
… ok so wow! Not only could I stare at this Autumn-inspired granola all day … because it is so darn pretty … but I could eat it all day too!! It is delicious when paired with your favorite creamy yogurt and topped with fresh berries, such as strawberries & blackberries. I garnished my yogurt & granola bowls with a little orange zest to add an extra boost of flavor… highly recommended!
Once it is done cooling, you can either break up the granola into small chunks or veryyy small pieces. It is totally up to your personal preference and will taste the same either way! In the picture above, I actually did a nice little mixture between small chunks and smaller pieces that I broke apart a little more than the others. I like the texture that it creates when they are not all alike, especially when served with yogurt and fresh berries.
However, if you prefer your granola with milk, then I would recommend just breaking up the granola into small chunks. It will prevent your granola from being over-soaked by the milk.
It is time to grab our aprons and begin baking!
Autumn’s Protein-Packed Granola
- 1/2 cup Buckwheat Groats
- 2 tbsp. Orange Zest
- 2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 1 cup Coconut Shavings or Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 cup Dried Sour Cherries or Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 cup Crushed Hazelnuts (optional)
- 1/3 cup Halved Pecans, slightly crushed
- 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/3 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until evenly incorporated.
- On a pan lined with parchment paper, spread the granola mixture onto it. Slightly push the granola together to form a rectangular-shape (look at video for example).
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how thick your granola was placed on your pan.
- Allow the granola to cool for at least 20 minutes, then carefully break it up into smaller chunks.
- Place in a container with an air-tight lid in room temperature for up to 5 days.
I truly hope you all enjoy this scrumptious granola! And let me know what is your favorite way to serve it? xxL
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