Fall is here!! That means bring on the pumpkin! For weeks now the blogosphere has been overflowing with all kinds of fall recipes and I have been busy saving them and printing them to try very soon. I love pretty much all things pumpkin, especially baked goods. My list of recipes to try is getting very long, so I better get going before I blink and fall is over!
This is the first time I have made home made granola, and I have to say that it was just way to easy! Meaning, I shouldn’t have any excuses to try out some other varieties very soon. This pumpkin recipe was very quick and easy to whip up and the beauty part was that most of the ingredients are things I always have on hand. Like with any granola recipe, you can always customize however your mood strikes you.
This granola tastes just like a pumpkin pie! The pumpkin and spice blend are wonderful and the cranberries and pepitas (pumpkin seedsd) add the perfect flavors and textures to finish off this very tasty fall treat. The granola would be wonderful on top of yogurt or in a bowl with milk, however I plan to eat most of mine right out of the container. I am also planning to try some on top of a bowl of vanilla ice cream. I mean we all know how much I LOVE ice cream! However you like to eat your granola, I think you should give this pumpkin one a try this fall. It is fantastic!
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5 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pepitas
Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated. They will be moist. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and stir. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and stir in dried cranberries and pepitas. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.