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10.29.2012

Pumpkin Pie Granola

This is an experiment to see how fast I can type before I lose power and all connection with the outside world indefinitely, and my husband and I are forced get drunk and play solitaire until our Ipad battery dwindles.


And clearly, as evidenced by this recipe, I've taken all of the necessary Hurricane Sandy precautions.

I've made granola!

Think about it.  When the power goes out (because you know it will) and I'm forced to eat everything out of the fridge Joey Tribiani-style before it goes bad...I'll be really glad I have this granola to make that tub of Greek yogurt a little more palatable.

You can't say I'm not a planner.


This pumpkin pie granola is a festive autumn treat.  Pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree lend the rich and spicy flavors that make autumn so comforting, and the almonds, walnuts, and flaxseeds bring tons of healthy crunch.  AND this recipe is relatively healthy compared to store-bought granola since it uses only a small amount of sugar and no oil!  It was done in less than 45 minutes, and most of that time was spent tracking this hurricane's path with fierce stalker determination.

What to do with granola?  Let's see...you could mix it with yogurt and fresh fruit for a sweet parfait, add milk to it for a delicious breakfast cereal, or package it all pretty and bring to friends or neighbors as a fall treat.

Or just eat it by the handful every time you find yourself bored-eating away this hurricane.  Because you know that'll happen too.

Pumpkin Pie Granola
Adapted from Dinner with Julie
Yields about 5 cups

Ingredients:
3 c oats
1/2 c slivered almonds
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/4 c flaxseeds
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c pumpkin puree
1/4 c maple syrup (I used sugar-free)
2 tbs pumpkin butter (optional)

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the oats evenly across the baking sheet.  Toast the oats in the oven fo 10 minutes, stirring once.

When the oats are done, remove from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 deg F.  Combine the oats, almonds, walnuts, and flaxseeds in a large bowl, and toss until well-mixed.

In a small bowl, combine the salt, pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and pumpkin butter (if using).  Stir well.  Pour the pumpkin mixture into the bowl with the oat mixture, and stir well to combine.

Spoon the granola out onto the baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread out to form an even, thin layer.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

When cool, break up into small pieces and serve your favorite way.

1 comment:

Meredith said...

I think the picture is beautiful - and I appreciate the coffee date at the expense of cooking!! You are the BEST!!!

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