October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Granola

Happy Friday Everyone!  This morning I woke up to my boys (ages 7 and 5) completely dressed, ate breakfast, brushed their teeth, backpacks ready...all I had to do was comb their hair!  Talk about the best day EVER!  I asked why they did this and they said they were just too excited to wear their new PJ's that I made them to school!  Awww...how sweet:)  Hopefully this will continue!  Or I may have to make lots of PJ's as motivation!!

I hope you have enjoyed Pumpkin Week!  I sure have!  I was trying hard to find some fun, different recipes that you could try...hopefully you found a few and loved them!!  If you have, I would love to hear what you thought of them!!

Pumpkin Granola...sounds different, you may be thinking, how would you eat it?  Plain?  Well, yes or with some vanilla yogurt or with milk!  I loved it in all instances!  When you bake it, it just reaks of Fall...it is Heavenly!
 The recipe calls for pepitas, but I used pecans instead, LOVED THEM!
It would also make a FABULOUS gift to whoever is hosting Thanksgiving!  I would not mind getting this as a gift!

Pumpkin Granola
Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

5 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pepitas or pecans**
1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, salt, and pecans**. Mix well.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract.  Whisk until smooth.  Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated. They will be moist. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and stir. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and stir in dried cranberries and pepitas. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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