Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

 So I originally found a recipe on pinterest for pumpkin granola that I wanted to try. I didn't have some of the ingredients so I just changed a few things, and it came out really good :) I later found another recipe for apple-pie oatmeal.... and eventually sorta combined the two, creating this monster delicious breakfast. Mmmmmmmmmm oatmeal! 

Pumpkin Granola recipe:
Makes: 3 2/3 cups

(the orignial recipe called for cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and pecans, instead of the sunflowers, almonds, and raisins :P)

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and pat dry
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup  honey
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp pumpkin spice (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. Spread oats & quinoa on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes
3. Remove oats/quinoa from oven and place in medium bowl, mixing in the nuts and fruit
4. Decrease oven temp to 300 degrees
5. In a second bowl, mix together honey, pumpkin, oil, vanilla, and spices
6. Mix dry and wet ingredients together
7. Spread onto baking sheet and bake 20 min or until golden brown
8. Store in air-tight container 

Apple-Pie Oatmeal:
Servings: 1

1. Cook 1/3 c. oatmeal on the stove with 2/3 c. water
2. Add in 1 small apple, cut into bite sizes
3. Add in spices----> pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger (1 tsp each)
4. Let simmer until water absorbs and apples are soft

I first tried oatmeal with pumpkin spices, with the pumpkin granola added last.... then I had tried the apple-pie oatmeal with pumpkin granola... and YUM! The cooked apples are really good :) 

Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal:
Servings: 1

1. Cook apple-pie oatmeal
2. Add 1/3 c. pumpkin granola
3. Add splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
4. If you like it sweeter, add 1-2 tsp brown sugar on top!

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