This past weekend we got into the Halloween spirit in the one way guaranteed to bring out the autumn merriness in everyone. We went to the pumpkin patch with my adorable nephew, aka the cutest little boy on the Planet Earth. It was a gorgeous, crisp fall day. The birds were singing, the sun was shining, and there were pumpkins as far as the eye can see. There’s nothing like a good old pumpkin to brighten your day, especially if you are one-and-a-half.
There were funny wooden cut-outs that you could put your adorable little face into…
There were, of course, pumpkins…
I don’t think so!
By the end of the pumpkin patch adventure I was in a complete pumpkin trance. Luckily I had in my possession a recipe from the ever wonderful Two Peas and Their Pod blog for pumpkin cranberry granola, and one short hour later my kitchen smelled like pumpkin heaven. This is a super-simple, super-delicious granola that is flexible enough to make pretty much any way your heart desires.
First you mix up a wonderful concoction of pumpkin puree, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and applesauce, and try very hard not to just eat this mixture with spoon right there in the middle of your kitchen. You pour it over a nice pile of oatmeal that has been mixed with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and nutmeg, and pop it all in the oven until it is just a little bit crispy. Once it comes out of the oven, you can toss in cranberries, pumpkin seeds, nuts…whatever your little pumpkin-lovin’ heart desires. Pumpkin Granola Heaven.
The end. (Except for the recipe below!)
Pumpkin Cranberry Granola, from Two Peas and their Pod