Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pumpkin Granola

Hello, world!

Welcome to my blog! For a first recipe, I thought I'd share this pumpkin granola. It's easy, healthy, and crunchy munchy addicting. But seriously, I've probably made the equivalent of 7 batches in the past couple of months.

Sometimes I make this into muesli, which is the oatmeal-y mush resulting from soaking granola overnight into milk. If you heat it up in the microwave for about a minute the next morning, it's like those flavored oatmeal packets, but ten times better because you feel like you're eating pumpkin pie.

Granola is the kind of thing that begs adaptation. Switch in honey for the maple syrup. Add the nuts you like. Add dried fruit. Add chocolate.

Would you?

Change it up when it's not fall anymore. This one has no rules!

3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons oil (I used canola, olive would also be good)
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until evenly coated. Spread granola in a thin layer over baking sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 15 minutes and breaking up chunks with a couple of forks, 45 minutes.
Adapted from Serious Eats.

It's so easy. Jump on this train, people. Easy, nice gifts for people. It would look great in a mason jar with a ribbon!

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving! I'll be giving thanks for my family and friends, youth, health, and "the sun in the morning and the moon at night" (name that song!)

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