Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pumpkin Granola

I know I have been MIA all summer.

Trying to get settled in our new home and adjusted to a new job takes time. I think I am back though.

Ready to share my journey of starting over from raw land.

have huge dreams and hopes for my new space and know it's only going to take a little sweat and hopefully not very much blood. 

Anyway I made this granola as an ode to the first day of fall! Which was an amazing beautiful day!!!

A friend of mine over at Coles Creamery introduced me to this a few weeks ago. It is wonderful and full of goodness!

5 cups steel cut oats or rolled
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup honey
½ cup pumpkin purée
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup grade B 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cherries 
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds 

Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, 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. Then add dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
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.  Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • I have a big ziplock full packed in my purse for breakfast tomorrow. It's pretty yummy stuff. Even Sam and my dad approved. 

  • Enjoy! 

  • Jurahee

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