Squash Turmeric Granola {Sugar free, Gluten free}

Squash Turmeric Granola {Sugar free, Gluten free}
October 16, 2016 megsri8
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turmeric granola 2Hello! With the descent of Autumn and moving towards winter, the seasonal super hero currently is squash! Squash is a nuttier form of pumpkin and comes in a series of colours, shapes and sizes. You usually get butternut squash through out the year in supermarkets in London but come Autumn/Winter and you start getting really pretty ones. These ones also have so much flavour!  I really enjoy using seasonal produce and you can get so creative. Today I have used squash as a base to create this seriously delicious and healthy turmeric granola!

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Granola is one of the staple breakfast cereal found in my house. I almost always love making my own version, in order that I can ensure it made sugar free and good fats. I also love sneaking in vegetables into my granola. Like my beetroot granola recipe which you can find here. However I had done a review of the best healthy shop bought granolas in London and I had such an excess of of granola at home that I had no need to create anymore. However now that my supply has dwindled I decided to create some more and came upon this idea to use seasonal squash to create a turmeric granola.

turmeric granola 3You can use any type of squash you prefer. You can also use red pumpkin. I have used Kabocha squash (the orange squash in the images). The sweeter the squash is, the better it is, because this means you reduce the addition of any sweeteners. This is why I think even red pumpkin would work very well, because it is naturally so sweet in flavour. This recipe for squash turmeric granola is refined sugar free. I have used maple syrup for a dash of extra sweetness, but if you are lucky enough to have a very sweet squash, you can skip the maple syrup. I have also used coconut oil as the fat, which I think is the perfect good fat to use when making granola at home. Few shop bought granolas are made with coconut oil and this is such a pity.

turmeric granola 4For flavour I have added turmeric and black pepper. Turmeric is a wonderful healing spice, great for improving your immunity and a wonderful anti-inflammatory. I find this a great alternative spice to add to the granola rather than the usual cinnamon. Turmeric provides a lovely golden hue to this breakfast, making you truly feel like you are consuming a bowl of sunshine! I love adding it to my breakfast bowls and meals. In fact I have a delicious recipe for a turmeric hummus which you can access here.

turmeric granola 5I have used a combination of walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds for added crunch. Feel free to add nuts and seeds of your choice. I have also added my favourite chia seeds because not only is it a good protein addition, but also helps bind the ingredients to provide crunchy clusters of turmeric granola. I have also added goji berries for its anti-oxidant benefits and dates for added sweetness. This recipe for squash turmeric granola is simple to make, with the only effort in the care to be taken while it bakes.

Give this warming and healing recipe a try. Perfect for the coming winter days! Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments below and tell me how it works out for you. As always use the tag #meghnas and @meghnas_ when you recreate these recipes on Instagram so that I can be a part of your healthy journey!

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Squash Turmeric Granola
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Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Add chia seeds to the squash puree and set aside. Melt the coconut oil and combine it with the maple syrup. Add this to the squash-chia mixture along with the turmeric and black pepper and mix till well combined.
  2. Pre heat the oven to 170C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine the buckwheat flakes and the oats together. Add the squash mixture to it and mix thoroughly till all the oats is well coated with the mixture. Spread it as an even layer on the lined tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and break the oats into clumps. Place it back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Remove it from the oven again.
  4. In the meanwhile combine the walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, goji berries and coconut flakes. Roughly chop the dates and add it to the mix. Add it to the oat mix and thoroughly combine. Evenly spread the mixture in the tray again and bake for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove it for the final time and toss. Bake for another 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it so that the nuts & seeds do not burn. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely before storing it in an air tight box.
  6. This should keep for a month. Make sure that the granola mix is completely dry and crisp at the end of the baking time or else it may lead to fungus and mould growth. Do not increase the heat while baking and it is important to keep removing and stirring it to prevent it from burning.
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