October 31, 2011

Pumpkin-Walnut Granola

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My First Secret Recipe Club post!!!! Yay!
I couldn’t be happier to be accepted into such a fun and exciting club where there is nothing but delicious recipe sharing and networking going on… {what a bloggers dream}.

My first month in the club I had the honor of poking around The Spiffy Cookie to find a recipe that spoke to me, buy the ingredients, cook it up and tell you all about it. Erin, the author and baker behind The Spiffy Cookie, is a 26 year old graduate student working towards her PhD in Biomedical Sciences. WOW... talk about a 'smart' cookie with excellent goals. Erin is also a food lover and with having lived in Texas and New York, Ohio for undergrad and then Tennessee for her graduates degree. She sure has a good handle on the map and great food from all over this country. 
She has so many phenomenal recipes on her blog like Pumpkin Biscoff Cream Cheese Bread and Pumpkin Nutella Mini Cheesecake Bites that look sooooo amazing that you just have to check out. I ended up landing on this beautiful Pumpkin Spice Granola. Just like Erin, I had never made homemade granola before so being that we were in the same boat, I couldn’t pass this opportunity up.

Paul and I love granola. Over yogurt in the morning, sprinkled on ice cream for added spunk to our dessert and just as a to-go snack baggie to push the hunger down when were on the run.
After reading the ingredients and recipe, I was surprised as to how easy this all looked and was somewhat relived that this would be a good challenge with excellent results. As you see throughout my blog the past couple of weeks, I have been loving all the pumpkin recipes out there, and I even held my first Blog Hop with a focus on all Harvest recipes that warm your home. There were so many fabulous recipes that were shared to which my mother and I got to work on a few of them right away, how delicious.
So, back to this yummy yummy granola that I have been gobbling down since I was given my assignment. This was so simple to throw together and make and the taste is nothing short of fantastic. With every bite of granola you get that fall pumpkin taste with natural sweeteners and good hearty nuts. The flavor has a taste all its own, it’s delicious by itself or sprinkled over your favorite snack or treat. Any way you have this granola your taste buds will be doing the Harvest dance.

Or Erin says, it doesn't matter how it gets into your belly, just make sure it gets there.
Natural, healthy, quick and delicious… what could be better?  To see Erin’s original recipe, please stop by her page, let her know I sent you and show her some foodie love.
Pumpkin-Walnut Granola
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
Recipe adopted by The Spiffy Cookie

5 cups rolled oats
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup walnuts, crushed

cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated. They will be moist. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and stir. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and stir in dried cranberries and pepitas. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Makes approximately 6-1/2 cups

Come visit the  Secret Recipe Club to see all the other wonderful recipes that were shared this month and let them know A Healthy Jalapeño sent you.




Erin Stomber said...

This looks great! I've never tried making homemade granola either and this looks like a good recipe to try.

Also, I started following your blog! You were my assigment for Secret Recipe Club :) I've secretly been enjoying your blog for awhile and now I can finally join!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Yay! I am so excited that you loved this as much as I did. And thank you for such a wonderful introduction!

withoutadornment said...

I've been meaning to make granola for quite some time now but have never quite gotten around to it, but now I really want to as this granola looks absolutely amazing! How sweet was it?

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

Beautiful photos and great recipe! I have been a fan of The Spiffy Cookie. She shares such great recipes! Thanks for sharing. I'm in the mood for this granola now!

Jenni said...

Oh, this looks really delicious! I've never tried making homemade granola either, but this looks so good I might have to do it!

Ruchi M said...

This looks delicious.. am going to try this out soon!


Chris said...

I am a huge fan of making granola, but always stick to the basics. This sounds delicious and a must try. Welcome to SRC!

Gretchen said...

Yum...I am TOTALLY making this. I love that this granola is oil-free!

April said...

Dropping by from SRC. I just made a batch of my Lazy Granola last night, or I would definitely be making this right now.

nicole said...

I love your photos. This granola looks good. Your presentation is really beautiful and makes me want some now!

Rituparna said...

That granola looks delicious and healthy. The pumpkin puree has me stroked. I have to make this soon.

Autumn@Good Eats Girl said...

I love granola....this looks amazing! It's so fun to make homemade and so tasty! I'm going to have to try your recipe!

Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Great choice for your first SRC! Isn't it so fun? I love SRC.

Terra said...

This looks sooooo full of amazing flavors!!! I dearly love homemade granola, makes a day start so perfectly:-) Your pictures are just too fun! Hugs, Terra

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Wow this granola looks incredible and I love your photos! Great choice for SRC!! :)

Rhonda said...

I'm from Croup C but I'm an honorary Group D this time around. Welcome to SRC! Like you I've never made granola before...I think I finally will now. Nice photos!

Devon said...

Wow this looks so yummy. I am for sure going to try this.

Mary said...

This looks delicious! I love all of these flavors. I like making homemade granola and this one sounds perfect for fall.

Mama Bug said...

Love these pictures! Looks so yummy!

jennifer899396 said...

I have always wanted to make granola, but just never got around to it! This is the first one I have tried We absolutely loved it! Kids too! We used pecans for nuts since thats what I had.