With Thanksgiving tomorrow, here are some delicious recipes from the blog’s amazing Health Warrior!
Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup pecan halves or pieces
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet (15- x 10-inch) with parchment paper.
- Place oats, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a large bowl; stir to mix.
- Combine pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla; stir until well mixed.
- Add pumpkin mixture to oat mixture; stir well to combine.
- Spread mixture in prepared baking sheet.
- Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Bake 10 to 20 minutes more or until deeply toasted, stirring every 5 minutes. (Ovens vary. Check often and be sure to stir. I baked mine 60 minutes. You’re looking for the moist granola mixture that initially goes in the oven to dry out, crisp up and brown. Be careful not to burn).
- Let cool completely. (Granola will become more crisp once cooled.) Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes about 4 cups
Butternut Squash Soup
This is my all time favourite, not just for Thanksgiving, but for all year around.
- 1 butternut squash peeled and diced
- 1 large onion or 2 medium, diced
- 2 chicken/veg stock
- 1/2 glass white wine (optional)
- Fry onions till starting to brown but no further, roughly 5 mins.
- Then add diced squash and fry for a further 5 to 10 minutes so then get a bit brown but not too much.
- Just so you get some good depth of flavour, add stock and boil for around 45min, then blend and salt to taste.
Et voilà! It couldn’t be simpler! if you fancy to add the wine, do this at the end and boil for 10 min to cook off the alcohol. it adds even more depth, great for a grown-up dinner, but maybe leave out for kiddies! Myy daughter love this for lunch with some toast to dip!