Tuesday, December 6, 2011

More Holiday Treats

A few weeks ago I wrote about the handmade homemade Christmas we are planning this year. I shared one of the recipes, a sweet, healthy treat,  I am planning to share this holiday season, and today I am going to share the second one. Yes, I have two recipes to gift this year and I do hope the recipients enjoy them as much as we do.
I have an infatuation with pumpkin, I will admit it, I love the fall for many reasons and one of those reasons is pumpkins! They are beautiful to look at and taste delicious.  I am always creating with pumpkin and have never been disappointed. One of my experiments this year was pumpkin granola, inspired when one of the families in our grocery buying club purchased a package of pumpkin granola. I saw it and the next day was in the kitchen creating my own pumpkin granola.
It is delish and tastes amazing served with homemade pecan milk. Yum!

Pumpkin Granola
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup brown rice flakes
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup cashews, chopped
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 cup cranberries
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
Combine the all the flakes, seeds (with the exception of the sesame and hemp seeds) and nuts together in a bowl.  In a separate bowl combine the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, pureed pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, mix well. 

Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well. Spread on a baking tray and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, until dry and crunchy. You will have to stir this often, as the sides brown much quicker than the center.

When finished baking, add the dried fruit, sesame and hemp seeds. Mix well and store in an air tight container on the counter for up to 5 days and then transfer to the freezer (if it lasts that long) for longer storage.

Another super easy recipe I hope will delight the taste buds of those I love this holiday season.

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