Friday, October 28, 2011

31 Days of Pumpkin: Day 28

Yes They're All Ours:31 Days

Ready to try something really different with your stash of pumpkin?  What about something yummy and pumpkiny to serve for breakfast?

We started off the morning with these pumpkin smoothies.  They were creamy and delicious!  My children were a bit skeptical at first, but two double-batches later, I declare them a success!  ;)

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

Combine all ingredients in blender, blending well:

1/2 banana (frozen is best)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (preferably full fat)
3/4 to 1 cup whole milk (or almond milk or *coconut milk*)
few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
few shakes of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 packet Stevia
4-5 ice cubes

Are pumpkin smoothies a little out of your comfort zone??  What about pumpkin granola??

I made two batches of pumpkin granola today, trying out two different recipes.  Having pumpkin granola baking for a couple hours made my house smell heavenly!  The first recipe came from this blog and the second recipe came from, and you can find it here.   Or, of course, you can keep reading and find both of these recipes, along with my adaptations, below.

Pumpkin Granola

5 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup (I was out of maple syrup, so doubled the applesauce)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pepitas (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt.  Mix well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract.  Whisk until smooth.  
  • Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated.  They will be moist.  
  • Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and stir.  Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp.  
  • Remove from the oven and stir in dried cranberries and pepitas (see Note).
  • Let cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.
  • Note:  You can use almonds, walnuts, pecans, or sunflower seeds in place of the pepitas.

This was pretty good, but I think the second recipe was even better!!

Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Granola

2/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
6 to 7 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced (or chopped) almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup honey
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup raisins (totally optional!)
1 cup dried cranberries

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.  Coat two baking sheets with non-stick spray.
  • Combine brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, rolled oats, almonds and pecans in a large bowl.
  • Mix the applesauce, honey and vanilla in another bowl.
  • Stir one mixture into the other, mixing thoroughly.  Granola will clump together in clusters.
  • Spoon granola evenly onto prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake in preheated oven for at least one hour, stirring every 20 minutes.  Bake until lightly browned and crispy.  (I baked mine for about an hour and a half.)
  • Remove from oven and cool to room temperature, then stir in raisins (nope!) and dried cranberries (yep!).  Store in airtight container.

This was Delicious!!!  It would be great to make up and have on hand for delicious breakfasts all through the autumn!  It would also be perfect for giving as hostess gifts or teacher gifts, if you divide it up into some cute little jars and adorn with a ribbon and tag.  I think I may give that a try!

So, are you adventurous enough to try a pumpkin smoothie or some pumpkin granola???  Let me know if you give these recipes a try!!   


Ells said...

oh gracious, those recipes sound amazing! I think granola is a fantastic gift - healthy and unique as well as easy to package! I gave out jars of homemade granola to the hospital staff when my daughter was born and they were a big hit. Thanks for all the fun pumpkin posts this month!

Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace said...

This looks soooo yummy! I'm adding this to my menu plan. Thanks for linking up with our Flu Fighting Series. :)

Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy said...

I've never tried a pumpkin smoothie before, but I think I will have to! It sounds so yummy. Thanks for linking up to our flu fighting foods; and come back tomorrow with a green tea recipe!

Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker said...

This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for linking it up to 5 Flu-Fighting Foods! We hope you'll come back tomorrow to link up a green tea recipe--and find out who each of us chose for our top 3 favorite breakfast recipes!

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