The day I heard the expression “I am going Bananas” for the first time, I knew that it would remain with me forever…and believe me, I go “Bananas” more often than I would like to…although life is teaching me to just simply let go and enjoy the peace that comes with it!
This was one of the last pictures of us three during the summer holidays. A visit we did to the beautiful and precious village of Sintra in Portugal. I so much wanted to be able to photograph and prepare a nice post for you about it, but the only thing I can say is that I did run behind T up and down the Pena Palace inside and outside and speed photos are definitely not my expertise :).
I felt deeply frustrated but it’s just a question of managing expectations really…and in the end I gave up and enjoyed the cute pictures (not amazing or very professional) of a very very nice day out. Eventually, he succumbed to his dad strong arms without running away and gave us a sweet happy memory of our summer holidays!
Since then, the days passed fast…routines are settled, the house is getting cosier, the kitchen has warmer smells and the recent chilly mornings make the summer memories fade….but that’s ok with us, we are ready for the winter jackets, the warmth of the winter cooks and movies under blankets on the sofa!
We had many months of hot (too hot) sun, nights on the balcony, dinners outside with friends until early hours of the day, swimming pool play, beach with family and friends…and now the V&C household prepares for the most exciting and happy month for us 3! November month will bring us the birthday of the birthdays and our so beloved Giving Thanks dinner….so my mind is not going “Bananas” at all….but rather going Pumpkins with so many ideas…yes and as all with me always goes back to food…I also have a seasonal mind!!
Get ready to be surprised with the most amazing combination of flavours that will make your Fall Breakfasts an inspiration and of course it had to come from my beloved Pinch of Yum!
Have a great Fall…
Yes, indeed you read correctly! Pumpkin Granola….that’s right! Imagine having the crunchy feeling of a sweet spicy pumpkin pie with a last feeling of saltiness in your mouth…..Oh God!
Definitely a favourite for this time of the year…and the smell of the house while baking is to die for…thank you Pinch of Yum …you definitely know how to make comfort cosy recipes. I made some adaptations with the ingredients I had at home and it was super super yammy….so much that I had to share it with you and also did prepare some little jars for friends here!
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 1 heaping cup sliced almonds
- 1 heaping cup hazelnuts
- 1 heaping cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (see notes in how to make your own)
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 cup Honey
- 2-3 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- Handful of pumpkin seeds
- Handful of linen seeds
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix the dry ingredients together (oats, almonds, hazelnuts and coconut). Whisk the wet ingredients and spices together (pumpkin puree, olive oil, honey, salt, cinnamon). Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Spread the granola into a large tray with some baking paper. Bake for 15 minutes and then stir and bake for an extra 15 minutes until nice and gold. Remove from the oven and let rest – it should start to crisp up.
- Store in a plastic zip-top bag for a week or so or on a good vacuum sealed container. Serve with yogurt, fruit or simply snack on it dry as it’s so so good!
- You can use canned pumpkin puree, but with the beautiful season pumpkin you can simply boil some pieces of nice fresh squash with some orange peel until all is cooked. Drain it and blend into a nice silky orange colour puree. I always cook mine from fresh, for this recipe, for cakes, pies…it is really worth the effort.
- The salt seems a bit too much but as Lindsay explains in POY post it kind of mix with the sweet and you only feel it at the end and it’s very nice!
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