I have big news! OK, it’s not big to anyone else but me, but I have to share with someone… I’m completely done my tomatoes! I was just waiting for the last batch to ripen, and I think all but a couple that may still ripen are now ripe and being cooked down as I type. And by cooked down I mean reeeeeaaaally cooked down. 6 hours ag0 I had 30-35 pounds of tomatoes. Now I have about 5 quarts. That is going to be some amazing tomato-y-ness. Mmmm…. Not that I have that out of the way…
First let’s talk about this granola.
And then I’ll talk about what I made with it… Mmm…
First, the granola! I love granola. But I’ve trained myself that it’s 99.9% of the time too high in calories to eat as much of it as I want. This stuff probably is too, but at least it’s low in fat! And it has pumpkin in it 🙂 And for a healthier granola, it’s got amazing clusters! My favorite part! I made mine fairly plain, but seriously, you could add so many goodies to this. Toasted pepitas, dried cranberries, chocolate chips… Use your imagination!
- 4 C old fashioned rolled oats
- 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ⅓ C brown sugar
- ½ C pumpkin puree
- ¼ C maple syrup
- 2 tbsp oil
- ¾ C pecans, halves or roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix together all ingredients except the pecans. When thoroughly mixed, pour mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet and spread evenly to the edges.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, add the pecans and stir. Spread out evenly on the baking sheet again and return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
- When the 10 minutes is up, if needed, stir the granola and return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes until done. Remove from the oven, cool completely and store in an airtight container.
If your baking sheet is dark around the edges be careful the granola doesn’t burn there, maybe even stirring more frequently.
So onto what I made with that amazing granola. What is better than a yogurt parfait? Just the right amount of granola, creamy yogurt.. and pumpkin?? Yeah, I thought it was weird at first too. It’s not even pumpkin pie filling or anything. It’s not creamy, it’s just sweet and spicy pumpkin. But it’s amazing! Especially with the creamy, thick Greek yogurt and crunchy granola. You need to try this! Even my son loved these 🙂
One note though, don’t assemble these and expect to eat them later. Just don’t. Assemble just before eating. You’ll thank me if you ever try any that was left over. Not that I did that or anything.
- 1 C pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 C Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pumpkin Spiced Granola, as desired(recipe above)
- pecans, if desired
- For the pumpkin layer, stir together the pumpkin, spice and maple syrup in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In another small bowl, make the yogurt layer by stirring together the yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla.
- To assemble the parfaits, layer granola with pumpkin and yogurt, ending with a dollop of yogurt on top. Top with a sprinkle of granola and/or pecans, dried cranberries, pepitas, etc. Enjoy immediately.