On Thursday morning I woke up at 8am to find that it was pouring outside. It rained and rained and rained, and then, it rained some more. I found this strangely exhilarating. When it rains, it pours! Coincidently a family member woke up with a high fever that morning and I worked from home to take care of them, which although unfortunate, just added some more fuel to my fire – what is better than staying home on a day when the weather is miserable?! 🙂 It is almost as though for every extra bit of heat we got this summer, there is an extra puddle on the ground.
So, when it’s autumn and I have my brand new camera, some pumpkin crunchy granola only seemed right for the occasion. The pumpkin seeds are candied and added to a simple granola mix to add a great crunch and some colour. Ready?
Adapted from www.eatliverun.com
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
for candied pepitas—
2 cups pepitas (pumpkin seeds, raw)
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tsbp brown sugar
1 tsp spice mix
sprinkle of salt
for granola —
4 cups rolled oats
remaining spice mix
1 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C. and place greaseproof paper on a large baking tray.
For the candied pumpkin seeds:
1. Mix together all the spice mix ingredients in a small bowl and place to the side.
2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the pumpkin seeds and 1 tsp of the spice mix. Toast seeds, stirring constantly, until they turn golden brown. Add the honey and brown sugar and continue to cook (stirring constantly) for about 2 minutes.
3. Carefully spread out the candied seeds on a large baking sheet, and let cool for about 12 minutes until no longer sticky.
For the granola:
1. Mix the oats, remaining spice mix and the salt in a large bowl.
2. Pour the maple syrup with the coconut oil in a small saucepan over high heat, bring to the boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Carefully pour the hot syrup on top of the oats and mix well.
4. Spread out the granola on the large baking tray. Bake for about 25 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes. When done, remove granola and let cool. Mix in the candied pumpkin seeds well and store in a air tight jar.
And as it is the last day of September (I have no idea how this has happened), I’m going to revisit the goals that were set a few weeks ago:
1. Exercise every day – ………………..next! Haha okay well i did try, but with work taking over this month it was hard! I still did a fair amount of hiking and yoga, but not every day and this requires more effort.
2. Read instead of watching TV – I have almost finished the book “Palace of Ilusions” and although I have been tuned in, there has been a definite cut down.
3. Cook more – Yes! I cook when I can and it really relaxes me.
4. Eat more home food – Well, someone has got to eat what I cook haha!
5. Get a new camera – Done! Now, my photography needs a lot of practice.
6. Look on the positive side – I’m keeping a journal these days and its helped me so much to clear my mind and focus on the positive and prioritise! I recommend it to anyone who has a lot on their mind.
Have a fabulous last day of September! 🙂