It’s that time of year….the time where Pumpkin Spice is literally EVERYWHERE. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE IT! I know it drives some people crazy, but I can’t get enough of it. We have barely entered October, and I have already had Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Tea from Teavana, Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, three different kinds of Pumpkin donuts (I also LOVE donuts!), and I’m sure I am forgetting a thing or two.
So needless to say I love Pumpkin anything. Tomorrow I signed up to bring granola and yogurt to our MOPS meeting, so I figured why not try my hand at making my own? Can’t be that hard, right? Well, let’s just say that I slightly burned my first batch. Oops! I’ll blame it on my husband, because he called needing my help with something right before the timer went off. LOL. ACTUALLY…I decided it was taking too long, so I turned the broiler on and walked away forgetting how quickly that toasts things. Yeah, totally my fault.
Even though I burnt it a little, it was still REALLY good! So I decided to make another batch and try again. This time I decided to stay away from the broiler! Disappointingly I ran out of pumpkin seeds on my first batch, so I had to use Sunflower seeds instead, but it still turned out amazing! Can’t wait to take it to MOPS tomorrow!
Besides the Pumpkin Spice, the other thing I love about this recipe is the added benefits of baking with my oils. Can you still use traditional cinnamon and clove ingredients from the pantry? Yes, but why would you want to when you can get the added benefits from using the oils?
Let’s break it down a little bit:
*Cinnamon Bark is steam distilled by Young Living from the botanical family Lauraceae out of India, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. The chemical constituents of Cinnamon Bark contains up to 30% Phenols. Phenols create conditions where unfriendly viruses and bacteria cannot live.
Historically Cinnamon Bark was used in just about every prescription issued in ancient China. The French have used it medically for infections. Cinnamon Bark may be beneficial for circulation, colds, coughs, digestion, exhaustion, flu, infections, rheumatism, and warts.
So this oil is a great one to use in these fall and winter months when colds, congestion and flus seem to keep coming around.
*Clove is steam distilled by Young Living from the bud and stem from the botanical family Myrtaceae out of Madagascar and the Spice Islands. Clove has some awesome chemical constituents that show Phenols can be present up to 85%! Not only that, but it also has up to 14% Sesquiterpenes, which have been show to ERASE or DEPROGRAM miswritten codes in cellular memory. That is amazing!
History has it that the people of Penang were free from epidemics until the 16th century when Dutch conquerors destroyed the clove trees that flourished on those islands. Many of the islanders died from the epidemics that followed. There is a lot of other great historical uses for clove that are worth looking up!
This oil may help with arthritis, bacterial colitis, blood clots, bronchitis, dental infection, diarrhea, fatigue, flu, halitosis (bad breath), tension headaches, hypertension, infection, insect bites/stings, lupus, nausea, nettles and poison oak (takes out sting), rheumatism, sinusitis, smoking (removes desire), sores, thyroid dysfunction, vomiting, and warts.
So now that you know how these amazing oils can not only make your food taste yummy, but also help improve your health….let’s get to baking with them!
PUMPKIN SPICE GRANOLA
- 4 cups oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 3/4 cup – 1 cup honey
- 2 tsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 3 drops Young Living Cinnamon Bark essential oil
- Dip a toothpick into the Young Living Clove essential oil and stir it into the wet ingredients
Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the dry ingredients and then spread them on the baking sheet. Mix up the wet ingredients. Drizzle the mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix together until well combined. Spread back out on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Take the granola out every 25 minutes, mix and spread back out. After the bake time, turn off the oven and open the door while the granola cools.
Enjoy with yogurt and fruit, as overnight oats, or in a bowl of milk.
Happy Pumpkin Spice Season, Alyssa
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*DISCLAIMER: I am not a physician and this article is not intended to treat or diagnose in any way. This information is strictly based on my personal experiences and research. Oil information was taken from the Abundant Health Reference Guide for Essential Oils app Version 1.0.9.
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