Pumpkin Spice Granola

Happy Halloween! To celebrate, today I have ghost breakfast for you:

Ghost Breakfast

Just kidding! Don’t worry, I wouldn’t do that to you!

(By the way, I have no idea what’s up with that retro pink and orange background.)

Today’s recipe is actually an oil-free, vegan granola made with a secret ingredient for some extra crunch. Can you guess what it is?

Pumpkin Spice Granola

If you guessed ‘quinoa’, you’re right!

Well, sort of – I think the cat’s out of the bag when it comes to quinoa in granola. Oh well, it’s still exciting to me! I prefer to add just a ¼ cup of quinoa to my granola, as I find anything more than that overpowering. Nothing should overshadow those wonderful oats!

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Last week I talked (wrote?) about the history of Halloween. This week, it’s all about the random madness of Halloween – or, if you prefer – Halloween’s mad randomness.

So, did you know….

Halloween is BIG business for the candy people
Americans, on average, purchase 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween (per year). Apparently, that’s equivalent to 16 billion fun-size Snickers bars or 158 trillion candy corn ‘kernels’

That’s also equivalent to about $2 billion!

Halloween is the second most commercial holiday. The first? Christmas.

Halloween can be scarier than you think
A fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.

Pumpkin Spice GranolaThe Colors of Halloween
There’s a reason for the orange and black color scheme. Orange = Fall harvest, Black = Death/darkness

Beware of the owls!
In Medieval Europe, it was believed that owls were witches. Hearing an owl’s call meant that someone was about to die (but who?)…

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Breakfast Cauldrons

Breakfast Cauldrons and Pumpkin Cookie Dough

Earlier this week I discovered that Williams-Sonoma are having a Smoothie Week. And not just any Smoothie Week, the theme is: Not Your Average Smoothie! I was scratching my brain trying to answer the question: What’s the oddest, most completely-not-average thing I’ve ever added to a smoothie? At the same I was eating (yet another) one…

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Greensleeves Smoothie

Green Smoothies and Halloween Oranges

Ah-ha! Halloween is just around the corner, and I’m feeling excited! Actually anything involving pumpkins is enough to make my hands twitch with excitement. After designating last week ‘Candy Week’, this week will be all about fun and healthy* breakfast recipes that don’t require a ton of time, planning or ingredients. *I think the upcoming recipes are healthy,…

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Peanut Butter Cup Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Cup Baked Oatmeal

You know what I realized this week? I have no idea why Halloween is celebrated or what the history behind it is. To me, Halloween has always been about one thing and one thing alone: the candy. But as exciting as candy is, I decided it was about time I found out what Halloween is really…

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Almond Joy Smoothie

Almond Joy Smoothie

When I was in the third grade, I spent a lot of time dreaming about ‘Candy Land’. My school teacher was really into creative writing, so we spent a lot of class time sitting and writing about whatever we could think of. What was I thinking of? Candy (what else would I be thinking about?)….

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Homemade Snickers Bars

Homemade Snickers Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

It’s Candy Week! In my world, anyway. To celebrate, I have some homemade Snickers bars for you! But first, let’s address the first elephant in the room: These are clearly a lot more ‘rustic’ than actual Snickers bars. If you’re a master of spreading melted chocolate, then you’ll end up with something much prettier. But…

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Dairy-Free, Vegan Caramel

Dairy-Free, Vegan Caramel (and Evaporated Milk)

Welcome to this special Sunday post! I had entered a bit of a blogging groove with the Monday, Wednesday and Friday posts, but I decided to hoist myself out of that groove in order to announce something that’s (hopefully) very exciting: That’s right, people. Since Halloween’s coming up soon, it’s going to be Candy Week on the blog! Depending…

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