Are you a morning person?
Do you blast Pandora and wake your grumpy neighbors?
Do you plan your day over an a.m. mug of strong black?
Or awake to see the pink sun rise ?
Are you up and out for an early jog when party people are just going to bed?
Or are you a night owl, waiting for dusk to get your boogie on?
Groggy in the morning (especially if someone or something unexpectedly wakes you)?
Reluctant to leave the warm flannel sheets of your cozy bed?
Are you most productive at night, often caught serving yourself breakfast when most "normal" people are just sitting down to lunch?
So guess which one I am? Yup, it's embarrassing. People tend to think that us nightsters are lazy. I wish I were a morning person; I feel like I could get a lot more done in a normal day than I do in my half-day/ half-night life. Yeah, that didn't make too much sense. Blame it on the morning.
I'm so bad in the mornings that I'm not sure how I survive Saturdays at the farmers' market. Last weekend I actually praised a vendor for selling free range beef as I was purchasing eggs. I almost slapped myself in the head when I realized what I had said, (eggs on my brain) but she and her husband got a chuckle out of it and replied that they tried not to let their cows be free range. This was after I almost grabbed someone else's crêpe (a cinnamon sugar one) at the creperie. I had ordered a Nutella crêpe. I'm gonna blame it on the mornings.
How about you, are you a morning person? If so, I'm jealous.
The great thing about this granola is you can make it anytime, and serve yourself a quick breakfast so that you're not munching on your first meal around noon. It's autumn-y and fragrant as it bakes… nom nom nom.
Adapted from The Pastry Affair
Makes about 8 cups
¾ cup canned Organic pumpkin puree (look for pumpkin as the only ingredient, or better yet, make your own!)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup almonds (I chopped mine)
¼ cup flaked coconut
¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds (I used the brand Living Intentions sprouted salted pumpkin seeds)
Dried fruit, optional (such as raisins, cranberries, etc.)
Preheat the oven to 350F with rack in the middle. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until combined. Mix in the brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth. Add in the oats, chopped almonds, coconut, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit (if using). Stir to combine; it should be moist.
Spread out the granola on the baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and stir well. Bake another 15-20 minutes (I would err on the 20 minute side next time). It will not be very crunchy yet; this will happen once it cools. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.