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Pumpkin Spice Granola

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Nov 23rd, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Granola (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)



3 cups old-fashioned oats*

1 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios or a combination)

1 cup large-flake unsweetened coconut

½ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup whole flaxseeds

½ cup pure maple syrup

½ cup canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

¼ cup coconut oil or butter

3 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

¼ tsp sea salt

¾ cup dried cranberries



* Old-fashioned oats are sometimes called large-flake oats.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. (Or use two smaller pans.)

In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds (do not add cranberries). Mix well.

In a medium pot, combine maple syrup, pumpkin, coconut oil, sugar, spices, vanilla and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until coconut oil is melted and sugar is dissolved. Pour maple-pumpkin mixture over oat mixture. Mix well, until no dry oats remain. This may take a minute or two of stirring.

Transfer wet granola mixture to prepared pan and spread as thinly and evenly as possible. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, carefully removing pan from oven and stirring granola every 10 minutes. This will ensure even baking. Cook until granola looks “toasty” and golden, but not brown.

Remove pan from oven and let granola cool completely. Add cranberries and store in an airtight container for 1 week. (I keep my granola in the fridge to prolong its freshness.)


Makes about 7 cups granola

Per serving (1/3 cup): 194 calories, 10 g total fat (4 g saturated fat), 4 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate (3.3 g fibre, 10 g sugar), 6 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium


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Awesome granola dust

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 26th, 2015

Mornings will be amazingly fast and convenient with this epic megamix of brilliant ingredients from Chef Jamie Oliver, giving us loads of nutritional benefits from the nuts, seeds, oats, and fruit.

Awesome granola dust


  • 10 cups rolled oats
  • 8 oz raw unsalted mixed nuts, such as walnuts, Brazils, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews
  • 3 1/2 oz mixed seeds, such as chia, poppy, sunflower, sesame, flaxseed, pumpkin
  • 8 oz unsweetened mixed dried fruit, such as blueberries, cranberries, sour cherries, mango, apricots, figs, sultanas
  • 3 tablespoons quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground coffee
  • 1 large orange


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the oats, nuts, and seeds in your largest roasting pan. Toss together and roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. Stir the dried fruit, cocoa, and coffee into the mix, finely grate over the orange zest, then, in batches, simply blitz to a rough powder in a food processor, tipping it into a large airtight jar as you go for safekeeping.

To serve, you can have loads of fun—the simplest way is a scant 1/2 cup of granola dust per person, either with cold cow’s, goat’s, soya, nut, or oat milk or 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and a handful of fresh fruit (3 oz is one of our 5-a-day).

You can make porridge by adding a scant 1/2 cup of granola dust to 3/4 cup of milk, then top with fresh fruit, and this ratio also works for a smoothie—I like to chuck 1 ripe banana and 1 handful of frozen raspberries into the mix too. It’s even a great base for pancakes—simply beat 2 heaping tablespoons of granola dust with 1 heaping tablespoon of whole-grain self-rising flour, 1 mashed banana, and 1 egg, then cook as normal. And in winter, try a hot drink—heat a scant 1/4 cup of granola dust with 3/4 cup of your favorite milk to your desired consistency.

Courtesy Jamie Oliver
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Stewed rhubarb with ice cream and granola

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 25th, 2014

Stewed rhubarb with ice cream and granola


  • 1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1/3 – 2/3 cup sugar (depending on how tart or sweet you like it)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • touch of vanilla extract (optional)
  • Ice cream
  • Granola


  1. Place rhubarb, sugar, and water in a medium pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves and liquid starts to boil, about 3 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally until rhubarb is saucy and tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Taste and add more sugar if you like it sweeter. Let cool.
  3. Serve over ice cream and top with a little sprinkle of granola.

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com

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