Thursday, November 12, 2015

How many ways....

....can I find to use pumpkin?  Well, here is another very tasty way!  Pumpkin Granola! is a wonderful site, and I have subscribed to receive updates via email.  It is always a pleasure to see what deliciousness is coming through.

On the baking pan....

Completed and placed in a serving bowl....

The perfect topping for that breakfast "banana split!"

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and pat dry with paper towel
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
1/4 cup pepitas (or other seed) I used sunflower seeds.
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup real maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. oil (coconut or canola)
1 tsp. pumpkin spice (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch kosher salt (I used Himalayan pink salt).
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
-Spread oats and quinoa out on a parchment lined baking pan.  Toast in the oven 10 minutes, stirring once.
-Remove the oats from the oven, pour the toasted oats into a medium bowl, and add the ground flaxseeds, pepitas, pecans, and dried fruit.
-Reduce oven to 300 degrees F.
-In a second medium bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin puree, oil, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla.  Pour over oats and stir together with a spatula.  Spread back onto a baking sheet and bake an additional 20 minutes, or until golden.
Makes 3 2/3 cups.

This has been such a hit here that we have it all during the year!:-)

Incidentally, Skinnytaste has a recipe today for a vegan Pumpkin Chili!  I can hardly wait to try it!

Serving bowl - Pink Dogwood depression glass, part of a "berry set" from my childhood.  The "banana split" is in the smaller matching bowl.  It is one of my favorites!


  1. I'll bet a few mini chocolate chips would be good in this, too.... Chocolate makes everything better, right? And dark chocolate is good for us... Have a terrific day, Sister!

  2. Oh, I remember those beautiful pink bowls, too, and it's good to see one here. Enjoy! xxoo

  3. Granola sounds very good. I eat a bowl of porridge every morning with seeds, nuts and raisins and sometimes cranberries and sometimes bananas. I might try pumpkin in it too.

  4. That looks really good, Nellie. It is so wonderful you have those childhood bowls. They are beautiful. xo Diana

  5. To think I only make Jack O'Lanterns with pumpkins.

  6. My goodness what a lovely recipe. I will have to make that. I love granola. I like that you said it was "skinny." :)
    I have pink depression glass. My Mom had green. :)

  7. Love granola and I'm with Glenda on those chocolate chips!

  8. Nellie, Yummy...this looks so tasty...I could think lots of things to eat it with. But I love the breakfast banana split. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  9. Oh, Nellie...I'm salivating again...