Making something good for yourself and your family is such a virtuous experience, at least for me. I love to cook. I love the imperfectness of it. I love how the recipe in my head turn out different every single time. People will ask me for the recipe for something and more often than not, I have very little recollection of what I actually put into the recipe.
Just as in driving from point A to point B, I never remember the street names or how many lights further along it is, but I do remember the way the road curved or the stretch of trees right before the driveway. So it is with cooking too. I have my tried and true recipes. I have my favorite cookbooks and my dependable standbys. But every now and then it is nice to take a detour and try something else.
Granola. The Sprouted Kitchen has an amazing recipe for Pumpkin Granola. I had just finished baking pies for the Salvation Army. Sixty-six in total when I realized I still had an open can of pumpkin. Sick of pies, but out of granola. Hmmm.. Sounds delish…
You need your Sprouted Kitchen cookbook… By the way, the pictures are so beautiful. Really. Worth. Every. Penny.
I decided to add some pepitas to the mix. It adds a bit more texture and crunch and certainly goes with the pumpkin pie spice going on here.
Spread it out on two sheet pans. I used my silpat sheets. I love them so much! They kept the granola from sticking and interestingly, I think the granola had a bit more crunch because of it.
With a little homemade greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey… Yum! I encourage you to whip up a batch of granola for yourself. So healthy. So delicious. So simple.