Hello! 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!
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.
You 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.
For 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.
I 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!