Monday, April 30, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Pumpkin Granola



It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I was assigned Life and Kitchen, the lovely blog written by Lindsay.  I had a great time exploring Lindsay's blog and it was so touching to read that she writes her blog for her daughter, so that one day she can look back to see what their life was like and have recipes to try. So cute!  In terms of recipes, there were a lot of delicious ones to choose from.  I ended up picking pumpkin granola.  I know that pumpkin is usually associated with the fall, but I had been looking for a good pumpkin granola recipe since last fall, so I couldn't resist.  
The granola made my house smell amazing while it was baking and it turned out well.  I cut down on the sugar a bit (using only 1/4 cup - it says a 1/2 down below in the recipe, and Lindsay used 3/4 cup), and I think I regret that decision.  I think a little extra sweetness would have put this granola out of the park.  If you make it, use more sugar!  Thanks to Lindsay for the recipe.

Pumpkin Granola

5 cups rolled oats
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup pure pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup unsalted, roasted almonds
¼ cup flax seed

Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, almonds and salt. Mix well.

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 the oats are evenly coated. They will be moist. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the 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. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Serve granola with yogurt, milk, or enjoy plain.

Source: Life and Kitchen, who adapted the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod






24 comments:

  1. Yum! I love pumpkin granola... I usually only make it in the fall... but I think I need to break it out soon! Great SRC post <3

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  2. pumpkin granola is the best. :) saying hello from group A!

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  3. I am on a huge granola kick right now - and you really can't go wrong with pumpkin anything! :)

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  4. LOVE this idea. I have never made granola but really want to try it.

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  5. I’m visiting from Group D, and love what you did this month! Pumpkin is an all-year flavor for me. Beautiful (AND delicious, I’m sure)!

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  6. I've made that recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod too, so good!

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  7. I'm glad you liked the granola... and when in doubt, use more sugar! :) (Or butter. Or cream.)

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  8. this granola sounds fantastic! i love the addition of pumpkin!

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  9. Pumpkin granola sounds and looks amazing!

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  10. homemade granola is always sooo good! I've never made pumpkin before, it sounds delish! I always have unsweetened soy yogurt in the morning and it definitely needs all the help it can get :)

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  11. Granola is just SO good! LOVE that you choose this recipe for your SRC assignment this past month :-)

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  12. Granola and pumpkin together in one recipe...awesome!

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  13. I love pumpkin granola!! I also made pumpkin granola for SRC one month, but from a different blog. Great recipe.

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  14. this sounds just wonderful! i'd love it for breakfast, over some yogurt or greek yogurt, or, even better, over some vanilla ice cream for dessert. =)

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  15. This looks so good! Now following :)
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  16. i keep meaning to make my own granola. and how much do i love that she writes her blog for her daughter?? i'm not one for children but i do adore that she's connecting with her family over food in a very new medium. love it.

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  17. That looks delicious! Me N granola never really get along. Every time I make it something goes wrong. I think I'll give your recipe a try.

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  18. Yum! I can smell the pumpkin from here!

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  19. Your granola turned out delicious looking. I bet it would be amazing with some greek yogurt.

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  20. This looks great! I have been wanting and needing to make homemade granola (I want to stop buying it in the store) and this one looks awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I won't go back now that I've been making it homemade. So much easier (and cheaper) and better than store bought!

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  21. Love this recipe you chose for SRC - I've yet to try making granola with pumpkin in it but is on my list to try.

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  22. Just saw this on Pinterest and it looks fabulous! Can't wait to try it out!

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  23. I love this recipe. It doesn't have all of the oil of traditional granola. I've never tried it with pumpkin puree and applesauce. Awesome!

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