Gluten-Free Chai Spiced Pumpkin Almond Muesli

This awesome Gluten-Free Chai Spiced Pumpkin Almond Muesli recipe is a guest post being shared by my friend E.A. Stewart aka @TheSpicyRD! It’s perfect because I have been having a lot of fun trying and creating recipes with pumpkin. I wanted to bring a Gluten Free Breakfast post to the mix and she did an awesome job! Take it away E.A!

Happy Fall Everyone!

And, thank you so much Karriann for asking me to share one of my healthy gluten-free recipes with your readers.

When Karriann first asked me to do a guest post on her blog we discussed some different topic ideas.  One idea was to share a favorite childhood food.  The first things that came to mind {knowing that Karriann lives in Key West, Florida} was to share a key lime pie with you since that is one of my earliest childhood cooking memories.  I did buy some key limes, but found those little suckers very hard to squeeze, so nixed that idea almost immediately.

My other childhood cooking memories are of scrambling eggs at age two {so my parents tell me}, and making some VERY salty ice cream when I was young. Apparently I put the salt IN the ice cream as opposed to AROUND the ice cream.  BIG oops!

I’m thinking you all pretty much know how to scramble eggs {contact me for cooking lessons if you don’t }, and salty ice cream really doesn’t sound too appealing, so my next thought was to share a fall inspired {gluten-free} recipe with you.  Tofu pumpkin pie mousse came to mind. I experimented with a batch.  Yuck! Um…REALLY yuck!

So…

Still thinking along the pumpkin line, and the spicy flavors of fall, I came up with this pumpkin seed and almond chai spiced muesli.

Not only is it healthy from the oats, pumpkin seeds, and nuts, but the chai spices also add an extra nutritional punch…

•    Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice.  Jut one teaspoon provides the same antioxidant power as ½ cup of blueberries or 1 cup of pomegranate juice, and in addition, cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar levels.

•    Ginger is an anti-inflammatory spice that may provide pain relief for multiple ailments including arthritis, nausea, and migraines. One teaspoon provides the same amount of antioxidants as 1 cup of spinach!

•    Cloves contain eugenol, an essential oil having both antiseptic and anesthetic properties.  In addition, cloves contain flavenoids which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.  Just 2 teaspoons of cloves provide over 60 % of the recommended daily value for manganese!

•    Cardamom contains essential oils that may provide therapeutic properties including acting as an antiseptic, a diuretic, and an expectorant.  In addition, cardamom is high in both manganese and iron.

Health benefits aside, this chai spiced muesli will fill your home with a lovely aroma, and soothe you with all the comforting flavors of fall.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Here’s the recipe…Gluten Free

Gluten Free Chai Spiced Pumpkin Almond Muesli

•    2 teaspoons cinnamon
•    1 teaspoon ground ginger
•    ½ teaspoon ground cloves
•    ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
•    2 cups oats {I used Bobs Red Mill certified gluten-free oats}
•    ½ cup sliced raw unsalted almonds, toasted
•    ½ cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
•    2 tablespoons {organic} brown sugar

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.  Place almonds on a baking sheet and toast for approximately 3-4 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine all the spices together in a small bowl.  In a large bowl, mix together oats, pumpkin seeds, toasted almonds, brown sugar and spice mixture.  Mix well.

To serve: Place ½ cup muesli breakfast in a bowl and pour ½ milk of choice on top.  I used vanilla soy milk which adds a nice touch of sweetness, but you can use any milk, dairy or non-dairy, of choice.  Heat in microwave oven for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Makes 6 Servings.

Enjoy warm.

Ahh…pure chai heaven!

EA Stewart, RD Your Personal Nutritionist

On EA’s Blog The Spicy RD she shares Gluten-Free Recipes, her Thoughts on Nutrition, Healthy Living Tips and Cooking Adventures with Kids. Are you looking for up-to-date nutritional advice? Do you have a health condition that you think needs nutritional therapy? Looking for ways to feed your family better….if so connect with her at @TheSpicyRD

 

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