This past week was crazy, but it was the good kind of crazy. You know what I'm talking about, right? Started my new job as Employee Wellness Coordinator at a University very near my home, which was enough crazy for a whole month if you ask me, and I also turned 25 years old - that's a quarter of a century, folks!!! My fabulous bff, RJ, and phenomenal husband made it into a whole "birthweek" celebration - there was seriously some kind of shenanigan for me to look forward to every single day! They sure do know how to make a girl feel special. Also note, my grandma gave me a genuine food processor (so my blender won't have to work overtime anymore), and my parents gave me a SEXY KitchenAid Artisan Mixer that I've been drooling over since cooking/baking crept their way into my heart. I'm a very happy foodie!!! Anyway, with all the work/birthday goings on, I just did not have time to do my share of baking, but it was CARAMEL PUMPKIN PIE week, and that was the recipe I would have wanted to make for Tuesdays With Dorie this month, so I still have to post...even though its almost a week tardy. Janell, from Mortenson Family Memoirs has the full recipe posted, so click HERE to get the goods.
Like I said, I didn't make it, but I'm sure as heck not going to leave you empty handed. That's not my style. In honor of the season, I'm sharing with you a tasty & festive recipe for Pumpkin Granola. I got the recipe from a friend and former co worker's blog: Two Peas and Their Pod. It was a huge success - Dick had it as cereal, I had it in yogurt, and of course alone as a snack. Delicious every way we could think to eat it. Some people aren't big pumpkin fans, and I'm not gonna lie, I just don't understand that at all. The pumpkin in this isn't overwhelming, and it definitely doesn't effect the texture, so I think that even the pumpkin-haters should give this one a try.
From Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod
5 c. rolled oats
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1/4 c. apple sauce
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. pepitas
1. preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet w/ parchment paper, and set aside.
2. in a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. mix well.
3. in a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. whisk until smooth. pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until oats are very evenly coated. they will be moist. evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
4. bake for 20 minutes. remove pan from oven and stir. bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the granola is golden and crisp. remove from the oven and stir in dried cranberries and pepitas. let cool completely. store in airtight container.