Pecan pie granola

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 6:00 am

I’ve been described as clumsy my entire life; I was the kid who tripped over her own feet, walked into doorways, fell off her bike a little more often than the other kids and so on.

In fact, my one shining moment of grace and elegance was when I was named “Most Poised” in the 1984 Little Miss North Dakota pageant. My parents chuckled at the irony – especially when I tripped walking up the stairs to accept the award.

At age 41, I still trip over my own feet and walk into doorways. But my worst habit is stubbing my toes.

I often bustle around the house in a hurry, and I don’t like to wear shoes inside. I also don’t watch where I’m going, so I’m thrown for a loop (literally) when something as innocent as a pair of shoes is left in my path. Impediments are like magnets; I will be drawn to them, I will trip over them and I will smash my baby toe against a wall, door or piece of furniture.

My poor baby toe has suffered so much damage these past few years that you can basically blow on it and it will dislocate. (“Please wear shoes,” says Dr. Breen at the clinic.)

It’s no wonder that half a dozen people recently have sent me a link to one of those ideas that sounds weird, but kind of makes sense: hard hats for toes. Yes, they’re called StubStoppers, and you can actually buy them.

I haven’t invested in them – I may give that wearing shoes thing a try, first – but I’m surprised it took someone this long to come up with the idea.

I had that same feeling when I saw an idea for pecan pie granola. And what’s better than combining the flavors of pecan pie filling and toasty oats? Adding chunks of pie crust sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

It sounds weird, but kind of makes sense. And it’s so, so good.

Unlike the StubStoppers, this recipe is one invention that will be making a regular appearance in my kitchen.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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