Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pumpkin Granola

I have always felt that fall and spring are such loved seasons because they are so fleeting, especially here in Oklahoma. Fall makes me want spiced ciders, cinnamon rolls and all things pumpkin! Pumpkin is such an amazing flavor that seems like you can add it to anything and it makes it better; muffins, ice cream, cookies and even granola. Last fall I created a pumpkin granola recipe and made SO many batches and gave it out as gifts all throughout fall. Not to toot my own horn,  but it seemed like everyone I gave it to wanted the recipe...and now a year later I am finally getting my act together to reveal it. So thank you, for your patience and kindness I hope you enjoy!

Take note, there are lots of ingredients, but I think thats what makes granola granola, it got a little bit of everything baked into one. So to start you will want a large bowl and in that add your oats, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond slivers, brown sugar and seasonings. Mix it well to make sure the oats get coated with your spices. 

In a small saucepan warm your "wet" ingredients and mix until well combined.  

Then spread out onto a large baking sheet and bake at 300 for 30 minutes stirring well every 10 minutes. I tend to like more crunchy or dry granola so I sometimes bake it a little longer. However, if you like your granola a little more chewy or softer then feel free to bake it for a shorter amount of time. 

Once your granola is baked to your idea of perfection take it out and let it cool. When it is cool enough to handle place it in a bowl and toss it with the dried apricots and powdered sugar. I love this step because it gives it this light finishing sweetness. 

As labor day weekend is upon us I can't help but get a bubbling of excitement for all things fall. I hope you find the time this fall to make this pumpkin granola, I'd like to bet you won't regret it. Especially if you put it on top of ice cream. As always, there is a 4x6 recipe card for you to print out if you want one. Until next time friends, indulge.