As a nutritionist, recipe creator and all around recipe junkie, I have found Heather Crosby from Yum Universe to be a resource of inspiration over the past couple of years. I love her website and what she gives to those privileged to peruse Yum Universe for the how-to’s on healthful culinary experiences. When I was asked to partake in her #YUbooktour featuring her Halloween recipes, I responded with a VERY enthusiastic, YES. I’m so happy to be part of the tour and honoured to support Heather during this book tour. For a chance to win a Yum Universe cookbook, leave a comment below. And, here are a couple of her delicious recipes that you absolutely have to try.
Orange & Pepita Granola
Anyone who grew up eating boxed, processed cereal remembers how fruity and delicious the milk tasted when you got to the bottom of your bowl. Well, bottoms up! This nutritious granola has the same nostalgic taste without the harmful chemicals, dyes, and flavorings. It doubles as a tasty snack that travels well, too.
¾ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
Zest from 2 navel oranges
1 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch ground cardamom*
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- In a small bowl, stir together wet ingredients.
- In a large bowl, toss together dry ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and fold well.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or just one — you can split the batch, baking one half at a time).
- Bake the granola for 20 – 25 minutes. Granola should look slightly browned and toasted.
- Remove from oven and repeat if you are splitting your batch. Granola will harden as it cools.
psst! Don’t overcrowd your baking sheet — you want granola evenly spread across the sheet about ¼” tall. Overcrowding leads to uneven toasting. If you bake and the edges of granola are browned but the center is not, you may have overcrowded the pan. Simply remove the toasted granola, spread the untoasted around the pan, and bake longer.
I made a version of this granola to serve the Art Campers at Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin one summer and added 2 teaspoons of orange blossom water to the wet ingredients before baking. I highly recommend it if you can find some — wowza.
Serve over Easy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Chia Puddi, or with homemade non dairy milk (recipes in full cookbook).