PUMPKIN PIE GRANOLA GLOBES

PEANUT BUTTER AND PUMPKIN PIE GLOBES

There are 3 things that happen once the temperature in the air hits below 65 degrees. 

1) There is more time spent outdoors at a) farms, b) orchards, or c) trails, where we all hike, bike, walk or run. (looking for a trail? Did you see my “find a trail guide?”)Glorious!

2) Suddenly, you pause when ordering your usual humongo iced coffee, chai or green tea and you decide….”I think I”ll have that HOT.”

3) Words such as: Bake, Roast, Stew, Chili, Cider, Crisps, Butter, Pumpkin and Soup take over the food world. But I’m okay with that, perhaps it’s one of the reasons I love Fall so much. I miss the berries, but embrace the squash. 

Today, Baking won me over.

You’ll find an immediate cozzyness (that so needs a spell check) in your home just from the warmth of the stove and the aroma of melting peanut butter and cinnamon that lingers all day.

Better then Cinnabun if I don’t say so myself.

Doesn’t get cozier then that, unless you’re wrapped up in a snuggie, onesie or snow suit.

I started with the idea of making a granola bar. But the first batch turned out more like granola/meusli and the second batch (cause we ate the first one within a weekend) was a bit more sticky and chunky cause I played around with the measurements.

Hence, you can either make granola or get your hands dirty and make a globe. Yes, I have now dorked out and coined the term “granola globe.”

INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT:

Turkish Apricots: (bottom right corner in above pic) Once the velvety, juicy, fresh apricot season comes to an end, we’re left with the dark brown dried version. But guess what, they are a small package of potassium, beta carotene, vitamin C and fiber. Good for your heart, eyes and the gut.

Buying: Go for organic, that way you don’t have to worry about sulfites. Read more if you’d like. Source: WHfoods.com.

Storage: Dried apricots can be stored for a few months, or up to 1 year if left in your freezer.

Other uses: Add the apricots to your oats, pancake batter, trail mix, eat em alone (portable snack), add to a stew, soup or toss over a salad for a hint of sweetness.

RECIPE

“Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Pie Granola Globes”

Adapted from: Eden Organics Spelt Flakes

MAKES:: 3-4 Cups (not sure how many globes, 16+)

EQUIPTMENT:

  • cookie sheet (we all have one of those right?)
  • 9 x 13 baking dish

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 cups of spelt flakes (alternatives can be used)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (I used at least 4)
  • 1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (I like the spice)
  • 1/2 cup or more pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chopped turkish apricots, chopped
  • Coconut Oil (optional)-just a smear to grease the bottom of the glass dish
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METHODS:

  • Preheat Oven to 325 degrees. Place spelt flakes on the cookie sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes, tossing the flakes here and there every 5 minutes or so.

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Meanwhile back at the ranch, I mean on the stovetop:

  • Heat a small saucepan on medium heat and add maple syrup, honey, peanut butter and spices. 
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  • Bring to a boil, then let simmer about 10 minutes or until it thickens and bubbles. Do not burn!
  • Take a moment to enjoy the scent.
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  • Remove the spelt flakes from the stove and let cool.
  • Take a 9 x13 glass baking dish and coat with a little coconut oil (optional-gives a nice moistness and flavor to the granola). Mix all ingredients together in the baking dish, tossing to cover all the flakes.  Add the papitas and chopped apricots and keep mixing until some nice lookin chunks form and you’ve got your granola.
  • NOW: you can either press the mixture into the dish, let it cool and cut it into bars. OR you can let it cool a bit, then grab wadds and make your globes.

NOTE: you might want to add more nut butter to make the globes stickier, you must press them together tightly when forming. Get aggressive here.

PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD TIPS: 

  • Try using Kamut flakes (click on link for Kamut and Apple compote) or Oats. The first round I made last week I used 1 cup oats (not instant) mixed with the spelt flakes. That’s where it turned out more like a muesli.
  • Add different dried fruits. I was going to try dried cherries and blueberries. Oh that sounds good!
  • Mess around: I found the second batch a bit sweet, you can always try 1/2 rice syrup with the honey or maple syrup. I used 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) peanut butter, 4 cups spelt flakes, added another 1-2 tablespoons more maple syrup and honey. (not necessary).