Granola -- another one of those home made recipes I have had saved in my favorites for months. And when I headed over this morning to read the latest post of one of my new favorite food blogs: Baked Bree (isn't that just the most cleaver thing!?) and saw her recipe for Pumpkin Granola, I knew it was a sign!
Fortunate for me, I had ALL of the ingredients that the recipe called for on hand, so I dove right in! Another simple, quick and versatile recipe with a flavor reward that seems almost sinful! The kids begged for more -- and I didn't mind spoiling their dinner appetites with something wholesome, nutritious and down right fun....who doesn't love a granola bar!?
I decided to turn my granola into bars rather than making loose granola (you know the kind you sprinkle on yogurt or eat with milk) only because I thought it would be easier for the kids to handle and more convenient for me to pack in lunches. If you would also like to make bars, here's what you'll need to do: simply follow the directions listed in the recipe, and when it comes time to turn the granola out into the pan for baking, take a spoon a flatten/press the granola into your pan to create an even, solid 'granola cake.' I baked my granola at 350 degrees for 35 min to make sure all of that moisture from the pumpkin and applesauce was released.
When the granola is done baking, allow it to cool completely. I ended up lifting out my foil with the granola, placing the foil on a cooling rack and sticking the whole thing in the freezer....we were all too impatient to wait for it to air cool! Once the granola has cooled completely, cut into desired portions and enjoy! Store any remaining granola bars in an airtight container.
Of course you can add a number of different ingredients to this granola to make it just right for you: dried blueberries, cherries, apricots, raisins, sunflower seeds, pecans, coconut, peanut butter and.....um, did someone say white chocolate chips!?
So, head on over to Baked Bree and have yourself some of this awesomeness!