Its pumpkin time! I was trying to find different ways to prepare sweet pumpkins, and this idea came to me on a late Sunday morning. It serves as a good brunch dish with the sweet granola and savory pumpkin. This is a simple recipe and you can make it for breakfast or dessert.
Ingredients (serves 4)
1/2 of a medium pumpkin
1 cup old fashioned oats
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 egg white
2 Tablespoons low fat milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
Drizzle of maple syrup or honey (optional)
few cranberries (optional)
Preheat the over to 350F
1. Wash and slice the pumpkin. Scrape out the seeds. You can reserve the seeds to roast them later. Place one half of the pumpkin on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet (for easy clean up).
2. Mix all the remaining ingredients together in a bowl. Pour the mixture into the hollowed out pumpkin.
3. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, turning about every 10 minutes, to keep it crunchy. Its ready when the pumpkin is fork tender and the granola is crispy. Cut into quarters to serve. To eat, scoop pumpkin avoiding skin. Serve with a drizzle of good maple syrup or honey.
On left, Rice stuffed pumpkin, soon to come!
If you would like to add cranberries, I would microwave them for 1- 1 1/2 minutes or until most of the cranberries burst. They will probably need a little sweetness.