Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkin Granola

You may remember my pumpkin month from four years ago. To me, when October hits, all I can think about is all things orange - pumpkin, sweet potatoes and butternut squash! You can bet those lovely orange colors have made it into our breakfast, lunches and dinners. And now, granola!

My sister was always the pumpkin lover in our family - I was more drawn to apple pie rather than pumpkin on Thanksgiving. While I've come around, I actually made this granola to bring to her as part of the weekend celebrating a BIG birthday for her. But, I think it will be joining in our regular rotation - at least if Luke has anything to say about it!

Pumpkin Granola
Adapted from this recipe from Skinny Taste

2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed and blotted dry
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons coconut oil (olive oil will work or butter too)
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet and spread out oats and quinoa. Roast 10 minutes, stirring once.Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

Place oat mixture in a bowl. Add nuts, flax and raisins.

In another bowl, stir together pumpkin, maple syrup, honey, spice, vanilla, oil and salt. Pour over oat mixture and stir. Spread over the parchment and bake 20 minutes, stirring once. Remove and let cool, then enjoy!
Happy birthday Lauren!

5 comments:

Bun Baker said...

That pumpkin granola was delicious! Perfect on top of low-fat yogurt for a healthy breakfast. And, you made enough that I'm eating it for my mid-morning snack at work (ya!).

Emme said...

I had never thought of using quinoa in granola - that is brilliant! Will have to give this a go minus the nuts. Awesome!

Chef Dad said...

Pumpkins cooking. Must finally be fall in Austin. The wife just made pumpkin muffins.

Wendy McManus said...

This sounds so yummy! I've just added the missing ingredients to my shopping list.

Apron Adventures said...

@Emme - I hadn't either! It adds a delightful crunch.

@chef dad oooh pumpkin muffins sound tasty. anything pumpkin this time of year makes my ears perk up!

@Wendy - so great to hear from you! Hope you liked it when you gave it a try :)