chocolate peanut butter pumpkin granola

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I am slightly embarrassed.

In the five years I have been blogging, I don’t have a single granola recipe. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. How do these things happen? Probably because I have dreamy eyes for Sir Tater Tot and Mr. Chorizo. STILL! There is no excuse for not making a simple and delicious treat.

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Since my realization, I knew I needed to make something with a little extra sass. Living in Denver we are surrounded by all sorts of locally made goodies – cheeses, granola bars, salsas, and my current favorite, spicy sriracha sunflower butter. I don’t know much about the “other butters”, but I will say, the sriracha flavoring makes it two-snaps up.

After deciding I wanted to incorporate sriracha sunflower butter into a granola recipe, I took to the “googles” to get some ideas. YOU GUYS. I typed ‘granola recipes’ into the search bar, and I literally thought my computer was going to implode. There are 59,348 recipes that automatically pop up. Folks must really dig themselves some granola.

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Well, with it being fall and all, I am in the mood to play with pumpkin flavors. So I decided to combine pumpkin, chocolate, and spicy sriracha sunflower butter. OMG. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola is not like your regular granola, oh, no. It’s light and fluffy with a cake like texture. You could eat it like a piece of cake or mix it into your smoothie, either way, it’s a winning situation.

Now, if we could only incorporate chorizo into granola.

Too much?

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola

Ingredients:

1/3 cup spicy sriracha sunflower butter

1/3 cup honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 1/4 cups kashi chunky cereal

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup oats

2/3 cup trail mix

1/3 cup mini marshmallows


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a large bowl combine, sunflower butter, honey, olive oil, vanilla extract, and salt. Place bowl into the microwave and heat on high for 1 minute. Remove bowl from microwave and stir. Next, add pumpkin puree, cereal, chocolate chips, oats, trail mix, and marshmallows. Spray a small baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and press the granola into the sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven to cool completely. Break up using a knife and store in a mason jar for up to a week!


adapted from Cooking Light Magazine


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