I used Kashi’s new GoLean Clusters Vanilla Peptita cereal that’s made from popped sorghum, smashed red beans, crispy peas, vanilla, and pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds), along with a mixture of honey, oats, sliced almonds, cashews, and a generous sprinkling of sea salt (I am REALLY into the sweet/savory granola combo). This granola is super easy to make (basically mix everything together, spread it on a baking sheet, and bake it), full of tasty nut proteins, and also looks super pretty, too, with the little spots of bright green from the pepitas. Along with the pumpkin seed cereal, the kind people at Kashi also sent me THE MOST AMAZNG plantable book, one that actually has seeds embedded into the pages so that if I tear out the page and plant it, I’ll be rewarded with little pumpkin sprouts!! 😀 😀 😀 They have a page with seeds for each of their newest ingredients, like chia seeds, sorghum, and peas. And there’s also this awesome page that you can tear out and fold into a little planter and fill with dirt. Judging by my ongoing plant obsession (I have at least 100 inside and out of the house…my husband is a very tolerant man.), y’all can probably tell that it’s my kind of book. They only made 50 of them, so I feel really lucky to have this bound, nature-inspired work of art in my home. I have it out on the coffee table now to flip through from time to time, the watercolored pages are my favorite part aside from the plantable aspect. I’ve been drawn more and more to the intensity of nature’s color palette lately; red roses, golden oats, green peas, blue berries…I love them all. Colors tell a story, they catch your eye, and without them nature wouldn’t be half as pretty.
Homemade Vanilla Pepita Granola
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon coconut oil (slightly warm so it's in liquid state)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup Kashi GoLean Clusters Vanilla Peptita cereal
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup raw brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon flake sea salt
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove it from the oven, then stir the mixture every 5 minutes on the pan the first 20 minutes as it cools. Once cooled to room temperature, transfer to an air-tight container. Will keep for 1 month.