Two words: Pumpkin Granola!
4 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (I get this at Trader Joe’s every fall, but if you don’t have it on hand, use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups canned pumpkin
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup craisins
1/3 cup pecan pieces
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine oats, coconut, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix pumpkin, oil, and maple syrup, and mix into dry ingredients with a spatula or hands until mixed thoroughly. Spread onto a cookie sheet (if you only have metal ones, I recommend lining with parchment paper to help keep it from burning and sticking) and bake 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired crispness (we like ours really crispy, so I turn off the oven and leave it in even longer).
When mixture has cooled, add chocolate chips, craisins, pecans, or whatever assortment of dried fruit and nuts you desire. Store in an airtight container for up to a week (though our granola has never lasted that long!).
And with that, Anna and I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. We’re taking the rest of the week off to focus on our families! We’ll see you back in December, when we’ll be sharing our family’s favorite Christmas books.