Pumpkins, cranberries, apples, cinnamon, pecans … these are the essential elements of fall baking. The onset of cool weather flips the switch of my taste buds to crave apple crisp, pumpkin bread, pecan pie, molasses cookies, and cranberry-orange scones!
Here in Iowa, we are enjoying a nice, cool, long, fall. It’s the middle of October and the leaves have just started turning and falling. We can hope that these days will continue through Thanksgiving but we don’t hold our breath. We could be seeing our breath at any time in the near future.
I think baking in the fall is my favorite. The smell of warm fruit, nuts, oats, and spice just draws people into the house … sometimes it’s the neighbors! That’s a good thing too because having all these awesome dessert options around gets me started way too early on my holiday waistline.
All the flavors and textures I crave come together in this Autumn Granola with minimal added sugar and healthy ingredients. It satisfies the craving, and it’s as easy to make as Chex Mix!
- Eat it as an energy-boosting snack
- Sprinkle some on top of yogurt
- Stir it into a morning bowl of oatmeal
- Put it in small jars or cellophane bags for homemade gifts or party favors
Don’t forget to enjoy the way this mixture works like potpourri in your home while it’s baking. Just be prepared for the neighbors to stop by!