Fall is quickly becoming my favorite season. I have always thought spring was my favorite, but I might have been wrong. The colors, the flavors, the cooler temps, but still sunny days are proving to be a good thing. Pumpkin is becoming very prominent here on this blog, I hope you are loving it as much as I am.
Remember when I made Vanilla Granola? Well, that turned out so well, I just had to do a fall version. Pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, all flavors of fall. They all blended perfectly in this granola. It was perfect on top of vanilla yogurt, and my son enjoyed it plain as a snack.
The mix in possibilities are endless. I went with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips. But you could do all kinds of different nuts or seeds, raisins or other dried fruit, or even skip the chocolate all together. That is the nice thing about granola, you can easily tailor it to whatever your family likes. Plus it freezes really well, so you don’t have to eat it all right away.
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I am relatively new to the world of yogurt and granola. Up until 3 years ago I didn’t eat yogurt of any kind, and had never even tried granola. I tried a couple times in college to like yogurt, but just couldn’t do it. I am not sure if it was a texture thing or I wasn’t buying a good brand or what. But 3 years ago I decided to try one of those 7 day diets from Self magazine. One of the days for breakfast you were supposed to have fruit with yogurt and granola. So I bought all of the stuff thinking I would just have to suffer through, but I liked it. I mean, I really liked it. It became a staple for quite a while.
I am not sure why, but I have kind of forgotten about this breakfast until recently. When my in-laws were here a couple weeks ago my MIL bought a box of French Vanilla Almond Granola. I had a handful, and the vanilla flavor was really good. I knew it was finally time I tried to make my own granola, and a vanilla flavored one at that.
California Walnuts had sent me a bag of walnuts to try, and I thought the vanilla and walnuts would go really well together. My husband loves to snack on walnuts, so I kind of had to sneak them away from him while he was at work. This granola has totally renewed my interested in yogurt for breakfast! I have had it for the last 4 mornings in a row. My 7 year old has even requested a bowl of granola (plain, no milk or yogurt) for with his breakfast the last couple of mornings.
This recipe does make a lot. I ended up freezing half of it because I wasn’t sure how long it would last in the pantry. I think it could safely last 2 weeks, but with just 3 of us, I wasn’t sure how quickly we would go through it. I am really amazed at how much better the homemade granola is over the store bought. It is so easy and cheap to make too! I am pretty sure I won’t be buying a box ever again.