Friday, November 30, 2012

Pumpkin-Spiced Granola



I like granola, in bars or not, and I thought pumpkin granola would serve as a killer snack or maybe a topping on ice cream or in yogurt. Food Doodles did a parfait, which is much more fancy than what I'd ever do even though it looks simple to put together.

Pumpkin-Spiced Granola
adapted from Food Doodles
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4 c old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 c pumpkin puree
1/4 c maple syrup
2 tbsp oil
3/4 c pecans, halves or roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Combine oats, spice, sea salt, brown sugar, puree, maple syrup and oil in a large bowl.

I stirred for about 3 minutes to ensure even coverage.

Transfer mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet and spread evenly to the edges.


Bake for 20 minutes. Stir in pecans and spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet.


Bake 10 more minutes and stir the granola.


If the granola is not completely dry, return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes or until done.


Cool completely and store in an airtight container.


Freakishly simple and yet fantastically tasty! The recipe is perfect! The only thing I wish was different was the courseness of the salt I used. Mine is huge (the Mediterranean sea salt from Costco) and when you bite into one it's sort of shocking and interrupts the pumpkin flow. This baked 35 minutes total and took just a few minutes to cool. Rather than doing Pumpkin Parfaits as Food Doodles does, I'll be making an attempt at pumpkin ice cream over which the granola will be sprinkled. That is, if it lasts long enough. It is hard to stop from grabbing handfuls to munch on.

Cost:
  • old fashioned rolled oats: $0.20
  • brown sugar: $0.03
  • pumpkin puree: free
  • maple syrup: $0.46
  • oil: $0.06
  • pecans: $1.38
Total: $2.13 or about $0.43 for each of 5 cups.

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