Pumpkin Spiced Nutty Granola

How is it already Sunday? I hate that weekends go by so fast. Time does fly when you’re having fun…

Last night we went to James River Cellars Winery for a benefit event put on by Richmond Hope Foundation.

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Despite the fact that the winery is nestled right outside of Richmond, neither Isaac nor I had ever been there before.

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T’was the perfect night for an outdoor event and it turned out to be a fun evening with wine, dinner, live music and a silent auction.

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I tried all the wines and choose my two favorites to have full glasses of – the Stainless Steal Chardonnay and the Rad Red. Both were easy drinking wines – nice and light, which was lovely for a humid evening like last night.

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I also tasted their special Wine Frappe.

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It was so icy and delicious, I wanted a huge mug of it!! They even sell the d’marie frappe vino mix so you can make frappes at home. Very cool!

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The food was tasty as well – particularly the baked brie, which tasted like heaven.

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There were so many items I wanted to bid on at the silent auction, but as it turns out Isaac and I both won products/hair cuts from 2 different AVEDA salons. Isaac, who is an AVEDA lover, turned me on to AVEDA and I’ve been going to an AVEDA salon and using their products for about 5 years now. My appointment will be a Red Salon Organics, which was recently featured in Elle Magazine as one of the top 100 salons in the country. Needless to say, I’m excited about my upcoming hair cut!

To celebrate our winnings, I had another glass of wine. Which, in retrospect, wasn’t such a grand idea as I woke up feeling less than stellar this morning. :/

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All smiles!

Since I’m still detoxing my body from all the lovely VA wine I consumed last night, today has been spent lounging around. I did some laundry and a tiny bit of cleaning, then put some kale chips in the dehydrator and made some GRANOLA!

Homemade granola = best idea ever. How did I not realize that granola was so easy?!?

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I found this recipe for Mom’s Nutty Granola on FOOD & WINE and decided to create my own variation with a hint of pumpkin. Can you tell I’ve been loving pumpkin lately? Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats, Pumpkin Granola… I can only imagine what will be next.

Of course, I’ve already tried a few handfuls of it and it’s quite amazing. I like that it’s crunchy and not sticky or overly sweet, plus the pumpkin flavor is there, but isn’t overpowering! I can definitely see myself becoming addicted to making homemade granola. It’s so easy and the possible combinations are pretty much endless.

So now the guys are all watching football and I’m thinking about getting a short sweat session in at the gym before it gets too late. Enjoy the last few hours of the weekend while you can!

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Comments

  1. You looked beautiful. :)

  2. Looks like a great event! The granola looks delicious. I definitely prefer making granola over buying it…store bought is always way too sweet for me.

  3. What a fun evening! Wine, good food, and cute dresses. Gotta love those nights out.
    The granola sounds incredible!! I love making my own granola but I never seem to have the time.
    Enjoy your night Brittany. :)

  4. I love love love Aveda products! The salon I go to in the Fan uses them and they are seriously the best! Looks like a fun night :)

  5. You’ve got me craving granola now…munch, munch.

  6. Home-made granola is soo good! So cool that you guys won haircuts; sounds like that will be so fun!

  7. A beautiful bowl of homemade granola, a lovely event in an idyllic spot, and a STUNNING girl to top the post off. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I wish I could have attended. And congrats on winning!

  8. I love homemade granola and pumpkin…what a great recipe :) Heading to check out your pumpkin pie overnight oats next…I think I have some time to set up a bowl before bed and am willing to bet it would be the perfect way to start my Monday :)

  9. What a wonderful evening! And…you know I am loving the pumpkin goodness! YUM!

  10. What a fun evening! You look so happy :)

    I’ve never made granola and I love your fall take on it!

  11. Wow, a wine frappe sounds amazing!! And this granola seriously looks out of this world!! I need to make some of that! :)

  12. Thank you so much for posting the granola recipe! I’ve been buying some with very similar ingredients – but I will have to give it a DIY shot. I may even get crazy and throw in some roasted acron squash seeds :)

  13. I loveee making granola & now that I have cans of punkin in my cupboard, I’ve been thinking about doing just what you did. Bookmarking and making this ASAP! Thanks =]

  14. Wine frappe – intriguing. I’ve considered making wine smoothies before (and vodka smoothies, to be honest). Always looking for new ways to imbibe!
    Virginia vineyards look pretty!

  15. I remember making granola for the first time last year and realizing how easy it was!

    I had to re-read that sentence about three times before realizing that you weren’t going to be featured in Elle magazine. I must still be in ‘work’ mode….
    :)

  16. A wine frappe?! Sounds delicious! Always nice to meet a fellow foodie :)

  17. Looks like a good ol time to me! I am all over that granola too. Looks great!

  18. Yea for you!! Congrats on the Food n’ Wine!! So exciting..
    xoox

  19. I love making my own granola, but i haven’t done it in so long! I need to do it asap ! Your pictures from this event is gorgeous and I love that black dress.

  20. Just discovered your blog. I’ve been wanting to make my own healthy granola and this recipe definitely looks great! Right now we buy granola from the store but its waay too sweet so I will be making this soon! ;)

  21. Allison D says:

    Do you think this recipe would still taste right without the wheat germ? I cant have gluten, I was thinking of making the recipe exactly the way you have it minus the germ? Any thoughts?

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