Y’all, I have a hard time enjoying many of the store
The beauty of a recipe like this is that you can spice it up any way you like it. If you want to make it a little sweeter or a little more savory, feel free! As a chef I often make a recipe once to gain a better understanding, then when I make it again I can add my own twist to it.
For me, I like to keep this on the autumnal side, even for year-round use. But sometimes I like to add some turmeric. I am always on the search for anti-inflammatory foods!
If you do so, add a couple of cracks of black pepper as well. It is needed to activate the turmeric. However, just a few cracks
Making Pumpkin Seed Granola
What’s beautiful about granola is that you basically toss everything in a bowl, mix, and bake. This one has just one extra step to bring the wet mix to a boil. This is just a best practice to make sure the sugar completely dissolves.
If you were just using only liquid sugars, like honey or maple syrup you could just mix that into the dry ingredients and bake. I find making your own granola so much more satisfying than buying it. And you can make it to your tastes.
This is my favorite Honey, and Maple Syrup. Mohawk Vally Trading Company provides the highest quality, natural ingredients available. Take a click around their site. They also offer a lot of education on their products.
Make this Pumpkin Seed Granola soon, because I have an extra special recipe on its way you’ll want to use it with. I promise you’ll want to have it ready. They might be nutty pumpkin pancakes.
Pumpkin Seed Granola
- 8 C Rolled Oats
- 1 1/2 C Oat Bran
- 1 C Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 C Sliced Almonds
- 1 C Cashew Pieces
- 1 C Pecans pieces
- 1 C Walnuts pieces
- 1 1/2 t Salt
- 1/2 C Brown Sugar
- 1/4 C Maple Syrup
- 3/4 C Honey
- 1 C Vegetable Oil
- 1 T Cinnamon
- 1 t Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 T Vanilla Extract
- Combine the oats, oat bran, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts in a bowl and toss to combine.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper or tin foil.
- In a saucepan, combine the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, pie spice, and vanilla and cook over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved and pour over the oat and nut mixture.
- Stir well, until everything is evenly coated. Transfer to sheet pans and bake in the oven, stirring every five minutes or so. Bake for 20-30 minutes total, until evenly browned and toasted to your liking.
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MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice.
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAV Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet setor 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
If you love Joanna Gaines as much as I do then the ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’ is a must in your kitchen, get a copy HERE!
Check out this great product for your mason jar, the Ergo Spout lets you turn any jar into a pourable pitcher. Get yours here! I love making my homemade salad dressing and keeping them this way in the refrigerator.