holy crap I had a lot to do this weekend.
Somehow, I still managed to make granola. Food trumps everything, just saying. Except sleep. Geez I wish I could get some sleep…
All things considered, this week has been pretty enjoyable even though I spent over 12 hours on a bus (not all in a row, gosh would that be horrible), and seen infinitely miles of brown corn fields. Oh yeah, I saw the sun once. But seriously, this week has been one of the best of this school year. It’s been so full of exciting events that I’ve barely had time to sit down or sleep.
Ug sleep. It’s the stuff of my dreams now.
But I digress from my boring life to this 5 minute granola recipe. Fine, it takes 10 minutes. Whatever.
Let’s be honest. I’m not gonna get up at 8 in the morning, mix ingredients, patiently spoon little circles onto a hot pan, flip them, and repeat for who knows how long on a weekend. As great as having pancakes for breakfast sound, it’s just not gonna happen with my amount of homework. Oh other reason? I’m not getting up at 8 am. Forget it.
So you know what, I’ll stir stuff over the stove, pour some maple syrup over that, and cook it for 5 minutes. Breakfast? Solved.
Conclusion: This maple pumpkin oatmeal most certainly wins. It’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup and chunks of pumpkin + smatterings of seeds/nuts throughout. The spice gives this an autumny feel that makes me want to jump in leaves. Oh only if I had the time.
// You can make your own pumpkin spice mix by mixing together various spices. Recipes are available by googling 😛
Stovetop Maple Pumpkin Granola
- 1/3 cup pepitas
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- pinch of salt
Toast the pepitas, almonds, and oats separately over medium heat until nutty, In the same pan, mix the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut oil, pumpkin puree, and salt. Add the toasted ingredients.
Cook over medium heat until dry and crunchy, about 5-10 minutes.