Maple Pumpkin Granola, Gluten Free

by Jenn on October 11, 2011

in Breakfast,Gluten Free,Photography,Snacks,Vegetarian

Maple Pumpkin Granola, Gluten Free

It’s Fall. And like a little kid on the first day of school, I have this renewed energy to seek and find myself, create new things, and explore the world.  Maybe it’s the way the yellow Autumnal light shines through the trees or sparkles inside dew drops not yet faded away.  Maybe it’s the newfound comfort in being able to brew a cup of tea and hold it warm against your hands while the cool brisk winds remind us that the Summer has faded.  Or maybe it’s the sudden urge to curl up with a good book in the ever darkening evenings, wrapped up in one’s favorite blanket.  It’s the time of fuzzy woolen sweaters, seeing one’s breath in the air, and stomping through rain puddles.  And then just when the clouds clear, that most amazing light comes through and reminds us of the beauty of this season.

Trees Overhead

 This time of year for me encourages introspection.  Why am I here, and what am I wanting to discover and explore?    There are days I look outside at the beautiful early morning light shining down on us, and in a flash just want to run out of bed and hop on the nearest train, gear in hand, skip work and spend the day – no the week, the month, forever – amongst the hills and valleys in the mountains, dappled in magical sunshine as they receive the warmth stretching through the clouds.  I see the newly snow dusted peaks and image what wonderlands lay up on the mountaintops, hidden within the white.

La Gruyère

Instead I walk outside, feel the warming glow of the sun and the chilling breezes competing against each other, struggling for power as if the Earth itself is reluctant to acknowledge the passing time and changing seasons.  Autumn is her last hurrah, where the landscape is a flurry of color for one magnificent display of life and beauty before all goes cold and silent in the long dreary Winter to come.

But we’re not quite at the peak yet. Soon, a couple more weeks. Right now is just the faintest hint of yellow in the trees. But the tension is there, knowing what is soon to arrive.

La Gruyère Eglise de Gruyères

Eglise de Gruyères

So I welcome the change, by escaping to the outdoors on the weekends, and bringing into our home those flavors that symbolize this next cycle of the seasons.  The Fall flavors that ring in my mind the most are pumpkin and maple, and so we made a baked granola with our precious collection of certified gluten free oats.  On top of yogurt with raisins and dried apples and fresh currants, it seems the perfect way to say hello to the spectacular event unfolding before us.  I know the same thing happens every year at this time, but Autumn never ceases to amaze me and fill me with joy.

Also submitted to – Gluten Free Wednesdays

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa October 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I love fall! Like you, this season makes me feel happy and so full of energy.

Lovely pictures and a toothsome granola!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn October 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Thanks Rosa!

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Jamie October 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Ah, Jenn, we all seem to be blogging about Fall but I wish I had your stunning autumn instead of my gray and rainy one. An autumn like yours would excite and inspire. But rainy and cold still pushes me into the kitchen to bake. And I am loving the maple and pumpkin twist to your granola…nothing quite says autumn like that, now does it? I must make granola…since I love it so.

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Jenn October 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Thanks Jamie! The beautiful weather was just for a few short hours this weekend, but a gorgeous few short hours it was :)

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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

You must know how much I love making my own granola and this is so perfect for fall. Will HAVE to make!

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Jenn October 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Thank you Barbara!

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foodwanderings October 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Hi Jenn, I would have never would have thought of combining pumpkin with granola. Great idea. I will give it a try next batch I am making as I always have a jar on my kitchen counter. Beautiful scenery.

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Jenn October 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

Thanks so much! And yes, pumpkin works amazingly well in granola :)

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pure2raw twins October 12, 2011 at 3:32 am

love seeing all these yummy pumpkin granola recipes all over the blog world ;) love fall baking

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Jenn October 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

aww thanks!!

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Lora @cakeduchess October 12, 2011 at 4:15 am

Hi Jenn-Your photos are beautiful. I can dream of a real fall while looking at these pretty images. This granola is fantastic. Love the addition of pumpkin. xx

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Jenn October 12, 2011 at 6:03 am

Thank you so much Lora!

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Inge October 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

Hi Jenn,
Thanks for sharing the beautiful Fall scenery with us via your stunning photography. Granola, a definite favorite. Can’t wait to try it with maple syrup and pumpkin.

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Jenn October 12, 2011 at 6:13 am

Thanks so much!

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Lisa [With Style and Grace] October 12, 2011 at 6:11 am

we’re on our 3rd batch of pumpkin granola – it’s our new favorite!

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Jenn October 12, 2011 at 6:14 am

3 batches, wow awesome! I need to get more GF oats :)

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Nashira at Plateful October 12, 2011 at 6:12 am

You said it right — fall is a season of joy. So welcome after the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter. Never tried granola with pumpkin puree. Gotta remedy that, soon.

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Jenn October 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Thanks so much! I’m now in love with pumpkin and granola :)

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Anita Menon October 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

Gorgeous pictures. Such a visual treat. The granola looks hearty.

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Jenn October 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Thanks!

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InTolerantChef October 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

I would never have thought to use the pumpkin puree like that, awesome! Autumn is my favourite time of year- Winter is hibernation, Spring is rejuvenation , Summer is prostration, but Autumn is relaxation. Time seems to slow down as the heat dissipates and you get the refreshing cooler temperature wafting in morning and evening. Sunshine mellows and softens, and yet there’s a short growth spurt in the garden like nature is girding up its loins for Winter.

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Jenn October 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I love how you describe Autumn as relaxation – absolutely perfect :)

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Nancy@acommunaltable October 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

This is why I LOVE to read food blogs… I am always finding new ideas for dishes and this pumpkin granola is a great example!! I am also loving your photos Jenn. the scenery is breathtaking and the the food shots… well, all I cans say is “Donna Hay… watch out”!!!

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Jenn October 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Oh thanks so much Nancy!

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Gen October 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Totally perfect for breakfast!

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Jenn October 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Thank you!

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Rebecca October 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Not only does this look unbelievably scrumptious, but for whatever reason, viewing this post when I woke up today inspired me to make a batch of pumpkin oatmeal for myself and the boy. I know the two (granola vs. oatmeal) aren’t exactly related; maybe it’s the granola’s essence, or the way your amazing photography makes the oats really stand out, but you awakened a craving in me that I just couldn’t fight! Beautiful dish!

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Jenn October 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Thanks Rebecca!! pumpkin oatmeal sounds amazing :)

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 13, 2011 at 2:11 am

You live in such a beautiful and awe inspiring place, I can see how it would bring about that renewed energy you were talking about.

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Jenn October 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Thanks Sylvie!

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Angie Halten October 14, 2011 at 6:21 am

I love all things pumpkin! Can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend.

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Jenn October 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Thanks, hope you enjoy it!

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pam October 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

wow, this totally made me drool. :)

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Jenn October 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Thanks Pam!

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Hanunyah October 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Awesome pictures!!! This is my first time at your blog & I like it!! I’ve been working on my photoghraphy lately, & you put me to shame ;). But that’s okay, ’cause I’m still a young :) .

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Jenn October 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Thanks so much and thanks for the lovely compliments!

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Debbie October 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Beautiful post! Love your style.

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Jenn October 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm

thanks!!

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Margherita October 31, 2011 at 7:40 am

Very nice way to make your own granola. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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Jenn November 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm

thank you ! :)

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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm

How did I miss this post…I know I saw the gorgeous photo! I have one can of pumpkin and I want to do something with it. I have no granola. What do you think I’m going to make this morning?

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Jenn November 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm

mmm you def. should make this, I ran out and have been craving more ever since!

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Deb November 9, 2011 at 3:59 am

just have to tell you, this granola is delicious. I will be making it again! Thanks for the recipie.

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Jenn November 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thanks, so glad you like it! I think it’s my new favorite granola recipe :)

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