Orange and Pepita Granola! SPECIAL GUEST – Yum Universe Halloween Tour, Part I


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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.

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Orange & Pepita Granola

10+ Servings


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*



  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together wet ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together dry ingredients.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and fold well.
  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or just one — you can split the batch, baking one half at a time).
  6. Bake the granola for 20 – 25 minutes. Granola should look slightly browned and toasted.
  7. 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).





17 thoughts on “Orange and Pepita Granola! SPECIAL GUEST – Yum Universe Halloween Tour, Part I

  1. Perfect time of year for pumpkin seeds and I love the addition of orange zest. Making my mouth water. I think I have everything on the list to make this so going to go for it. I love getting great ideas for dishes from folks who cook and eat healthy. thanks

    • Hi Sonja! I’m happy to read that you enjoy the recipe and can’t wait to try it yourself. Happy granola making!

  2. I’ve recently discovered Heather’s website/blog and am head over heels for her approach to whole, healthy, plant-based living. Her energy (from what I can tell in her writing and videos) is contagious and inspiring. Having her cookbook would be like a little mini-her in my kitchen sharing all that good energy and clean cooking 🙂

    • You’re hilarious. I love your spirit, Bridgette. Thank YOU for commenting and let me know what you think of this YU recipe. Cheers, friend.

  3. I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and exposure!
    Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve added you guys to my
    own blogroll.

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