Christmas is probably my favorite time to be in the kitchen. Sitting inside my warm house while the cold wind blows outside, breathing in the intoxicating aromas of whatever is in the oven, blaring the Christmas music and sipping a warm cup of hot chocolate, it all just makes me happy. Reaching into the oven and pulling out a piping hot loaf of bread or a sheet of golden brown sugar cookies makes me smile. I especially love being able to share my love of food with my friends and family. Every year I try to make something special to give away, spreading the good cheer! Most years I've made an assortment of Christmas cookies, they are my favorite. However this year, with exams and other commitments, I didn't have quite as much time as usual, so I decided to try something different, homemade granola.
Granola is so easy and delicious, you can make a huge batch of it at one time, and it lasts forever. Since it is Christmas, I wanted to make it festive so when I saw this recipe for spiced pumpkin granola I knew it would be perfect. A can of pumpkin and a bunch of warm, festive spices, along with dried cranberries for some Christmas color made this the perfect granola for Christmas.
This may end up being one of my favorite granola recipes. I thought it was absolutely delicious. A slight hint of pumpkin accompanied by cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and nutmeg and a note of sweet from the cranberries, yummy! Because of all the liquid from the pumpkin, this granola did not end up being as crunchy as some of the granolas I've made in the past, but that didn't detract from it one bit, in fact I kind of enjoyed the slightly chewy texture. This one is a winner folks. A fun and festive treat for Christmas.
The dry ingredients ready to go
Heating up the pumpkin mixture
Boxed up and ready to give as the perfect gift
Spiced Pumpkin Granola
Adapted from Healthy Green Kitchen
- 8 cups old fashion oats
- 1 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 3/4 cup wheat germ
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, almonds, wheat germ, salt, all of the spices, and the sugars.
In a small saucepan heat together the pumpkin puree, oil, butter and maple syrup or honey until combined.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together with your hands until all of the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Spread the granola evenly over the two prepared pans and bake for 60-75 minutes, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown and dried to your liking. Remove from the oven and stir in the dried cranberries.