But I've longed to try again. And after perusing various simple recipes, I settled on a recipe for pumpkin granola as my starting point. Since I can't help but tweak most recipes I encounter, I decided to add coconut to my version. Because from our time in Vietnam I also recall that pumpkin and coconut go very well together. Try this granola and I think you will concur.
Two Peas and Their Pod
5 cups old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup flaked coconut, optional
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
almonds or pecans, optional (add last)
- Combine dry ingredients except for brown sugar, coconut and nuts, if using.
- In a separate bowl, blend together brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry mixture, stirring until oats are evenly coated.
- Spread granola out on a large parchment-lined baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees F (160 C). Stir granola and add in coconut. Bake for 20 minutes more. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Add nuts if desired.
*An Alternate Idea*
If you aren't up for making granola yet, I highly recommend you take any leftover pie (such as pumpkin or pecan) lurking in your fridge and stir it into warm oatmeal. It's a truly yummy flavor combination too!