Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Granola

Last year Amanda and I really screwed up. We skipped Halloween…and we've regretted it ever since. We're really good at Halloween, and we really love Halloween, so it was a big miss. This year we started our costume planning pretty early, just to make sure we'll be prepared. 

I've also been on a major pumpkin kick this year. I've made pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin chili, ordered pumpkin waffles, pumpkin bread, and pumpkiny drinks, and finally, after weeks of obsessing over various pictures of it on Pinterest, made pumpkin granola. When I first saw recipes for pumpkin granola, I figured it had pumpkin pie spices, but not actual pumpkin… but alas, I was wrong! Turns out your average pumpkin granola does have pumpkin in it. And my pumpkin granola is full of not only pumpkin, but tons of other good stuff: maple syrup, millet, flax seeds, almonds, oats, pecans, and coconut. Deliciousness. Throw some of this deliciousness in with a bowl of greek yogurt and chopped apples or pears. Or, if you're really looking for a treat, stir a little bit of extra pumpkin puree and maple syrup into your yogurt, then top with the granola. Seriously, it's like eating pumpkin cheesecake. For breakfast. 

Up next on my all Halloween, all the time agenda: pumpkin patch, Amanda's BFF Becky's family Halloween chili recipe (Ps. Happy due-date day, Becky!!), scary movies,  and The Biggest 80s Party of the Year (ahem, Billy Idol show!). 

Pumpkin Pie Granola

1/4 cup millet
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup whole flaxseeds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup desiccated coconut 
1/4 cup plus a spoonful real maple syrup
1/4 cup plus a spoonful pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted, if needed)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 300. Add millet, oats, seeds, nuts, and coconut to a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine rest of ingredients. Taste, and add more spices as desired. Pour pumpkin mixture over oats and stir together with a spatula. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake 25-35 minutes, or until golden and crispy (longer will make it crispier). 

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