I just realized granola recipes outweigh cinnamon bun recipes on this site about 8:1. I’ll work on closing that gap sometime this week, when our agenda will mostly consist of couch sitting, tobogganing and playing Connect Four.
Meanwhile, have some more granola. I made a couple batches spiked with pumpkin, molasses, cinnamon and ginger for a friend to give away to people she likes – hers was nut-free, with pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut, but when I made some for myself I threw in some pecans. It’s crazy simple – all you do is mix old-fashioned oats with nuts (if you like), seeds and coconut, then with a slurry of pumpkin, brown sugar, honey, molasses and spices – make it as spicy (or not) as you like.
Pumpkin Gingerbread Granola
4-5 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey or Roger’s Golden syrup
1 Tbsp. molasses
1-2 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (or both)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
In a large bowl, toss together the oats, pecans, coconut and pumpkin seeds. In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, honey, molasses and vanilla. Add to the oat mixture and toss to coat well.
Spread out in a single layer on a heavy rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the granola is golden and crunchy. Remove from the oven and stir in the cranberries. Cool completely.
Makes about 6 cups.