Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pumpkin Granola...In the Middle of Summer

I know, I know, it's the middle of July.
But pumpkin should be an all-seasons flavor. Right?

I made this granola just by throwing a bunch of unmeasured ingredients into a bowl until the combination worked. But it was so good, I decided to write down what happened in that bowl and share it with you.

Pumpkin Granola

Dry Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
dash of salt

Wet Ingredients:
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Dried fruit such as craisins, golden raisins, raisins.
Dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. 

2. Combine all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir until all ingredients are evenly mixed.

3. Combine all wet ingredients into a small bowl and wisk until smooth and combined. Add wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated. 

4. Spread granola mixture evenly onto the baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 until it's nice and brown. Let the baking sheet sit on the counter to cool, the granola will continue to harden and crisp as it cools. Mix-in your dried fruit or chips. 

5. Enjoy with milk of choice, coconut yogurt, ice cream, or just by the handful!

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