Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pumpkin Granola

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Tch this picture is terrible. Too bright!

Ahhh, I'm alive! I'm very alive, thank you, just living and not blogging so much. But I did just make this amazing pumpkin granola, long story, I wanted to make my own pumpkin noosa, so I made some pumpkin butter and ate that with toasted almonds and pumpkin seeds on plain yogurt (so good) and then I started intermittent fasting so not eating yogurt for breakfast and had a good amount of pumpkin butter left and I think I saw a granola recipe using apple butter and was like, Ah.

I used this recipe for pumpkin butter but with brown sugar and no maple syrup and maybe twice as much apple juice? It was a little while ago, I don't remember. Also I cooked it in my crockpot forever. Anyway, I really like things not sweet and you might not like it. Trader Joe's makes a very good pumpkin butter this time of year, too. I say this like it's hard to find pumpkin things this time of year :|

THEN, originally I made this with two cups oats, but this afternoon I only had one cup of oats in the house and, overtaken by laziness, decided to substitute one cup of rice krispies that I still have from my Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats for two, and it's like really, really good, for lack of a better descriptor, it's crispier!

I was going to make this with golden raisins, but I had two ancient bags of cranberries in my pantry and now I have used them up.

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup rice krispies
1 cup pumpkin butter
1 cup pecan halves, broken up
1 cup almonds, chopped
1 cup cranberries

Heat oven to 300 degrees.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl until everything is well-moistened with pumpkin butter. Lightly oil a baking pan and spread the granola evenly to fill the whole pan in a thick layer; this amount nicely fit a quarter-sheet pan.

Put the pan in oven and set a timer for twenty minutes. When the timer goes off, gently stir up the granola with a wooden spatula; this is how you make nice crunchy clumps of granola. Repeat, oh, three or four more times? Maybe around the third time, let a clump cool on the counter and see how well it crisps up. When that's to your liking, take the pan out of the oven and let the granola cool and crisp up.