Pumpkin Spiced Granola

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Posted on 09/25/2012 by bubblebubba
So in case you haven't noticed, it's autumn.

If you live in anywhere other than the tropics or crazy California, where seasonal climate changes exist only in dry jokes (ha ha--sorry, had to do it), this means that pretty soon, you're going to be huddling under your blankets during the cold mornings and won't want to go outside anywhere. Period. Not to the mall, not to work, and most definitely not to the store to restock your shelves with that granola you're missing.

That's where this delicious autumn-themed granola kicks in.



If you're a fan of turning on your oven and getting all toasty at the same time as your granola does, then try this recipe! For more photos and thoughts, also head on over here


Pumpkin Spiced Granola
Inspired by recipe from Averie Cooks
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter (1 batch homemade, or store-bought)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups almonds (or any nut variety you prefer), chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 cup raisins, cranberries, or dried fruit mix; adjust to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine pumpkin, cookie butter, honey, oil, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir until smooth.
  2. Add oats and chopped nuts to pumpkin mixture. Stir in until completely coated, then transfer to a foil-lined and greased cookie sheet. Spread out granola in a thin layer and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring once or twice, until granola reaches desired crunchiness. (Your granola may take even longer to bake, depending on your oven circulation–watch it carefully! The moistness of the pumpkin keeps it from baking too quickly, but you don’t want your granola to burn, either. Averie notes that the granola is inherently dark, because of the pumpkin, so you’ll want to do a crispness test occasionally by poking a cluster of granola to see if it’s firmed up.)
  3. Remove granola from oven and stir in raisins or cranberries. Allow to cool–your granola should obtain a boosted crunch!–and serve with yogurt, milk, or a plain old comfort food in its own right. Enjoy!




jexia 26th-Sep-2012 07:47 am (UTC)
"If you live in anywhere other than the tropics or crazy California ... pretty soon, you're going to be huddling under your blankets during the cold mornings"

Or, you know, the ENTIRE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.

Just sayin'.
bubblebubba 26th-Sep-2012 08:57 am (UTC)
Granted--but thank goodness the ability to reasonably suspend disbelief still exists, otherwise we'd be taking a heck of a lot more rhetoricians to task for using hyperboles that aren't meant to be taken literally. Hope the weather's nice in the southern parts, at least.
carerica 26th-Sep-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
haha, yes, oh, you know, the other half of the world is going into SPRING, but ho hum, "tropics and California"

That's okay, posts like this just show this person hasn't traveled there yet. Once you go it's kind of hard to forget to include the Southern Hemisphere in sweeping generalizations.
tinytracy 26th-Sep-2012 09:43 am (UTC)
Dont be fooled. Just because its meant to be coming into spring/summer doesnt mean its getting warm. I am currently sitting inside, wearing a jacket with the heat pump on lol. Our "summers" are not too flash! This looks delicious by the way, id move to make it!
tinytracy 26th-Sep-2012 09:44 am (UTC)
Whoops i mean love not move haha
bubblebubba 26th-Sep-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
haha I know, I've actually traveled to Australia and the southern parts quite a bit, and the weather there can be so topsy-turvy (as with anywhere, I guess!). Thanks for the comment, tinytracy--I hope you get a chance to try out this recipe!
decemberthirty 26th-Sep-2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! My girlfriend takes yogurt and granola to work with her pretty much every day, so I'm always baking up fresh batches for her. I like to surprise her with different variations on granola, and this will be a good one to try!
spracker 26th-Sep-2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
That's awfully sweet of you! Can you come here and make some granola for me, too, please? :) Pretty please?
decemberthirty 26th-Sep-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Sure! From the comment below, it looks like you're in the Bay Area--just buy me a plane ticket and I'll make you all the granola you can eat! :)
bubblebubba 26th-Sep-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Buy me a ticket while you two are at it! I'd love to visit home, and then we can all have a granola bonanza.
spracker 26th-Sep-2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Oh hey now, we have slight climate changes here in the bay! I swear that some leaves change here in the fall, too... and our springtime comes in February (much to my former New Englander born and raised delight) which means that, while the rest of the world is miserable, we're seeing pretty pink and white blooms in the trees. :)

While it may not be as drastic as my New England roots are used to, it is indeed something. Replace snow with rain.. and green grass in the summer with green grass in the winter/early spring. (A little backwards, I know.)

We left the skylight open last night and woke up to a very chilly loft this morning! Brrrrr!

Anyway, while it's not what I am used to - 4 years here versus 25 back east - I can't really complain too much. The weather is almost perfect. Now, I don't think you could lure me to So.Cal.. I'm pretty sure it looks mostly the same there year round. But Bay/Northern CA is just fine. :)

And the recipe looks delicious!
bubblebubba 26th-Sep-2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, spracker! It's so funny because I'm a Bay native, and you're totally right about socal being pretty much an infernal desert the year round--you're lucky to be up there! Hope you get a chance to try this, and enjoy the mild autumn!
tresjolie9 27th-Sep-2012 06:40 am (UTC)
This looks awesome, I need an excuse to have a group over in the morning who likes home made breakfast cereal.

Was turned onto home made granola by an evil fourth grade teacher who had a 'breakfast crusade," and didn't like me. Teacher was a bitch, but the home made granola was amazing.
wunnerwmn 27th-Sep-2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the cookie butter demo. Never heard of such a thing...I thought maybe it was a typo of "cookie batter"! The recipe sounds great, and I'll try it.
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