Pumpkin Spice Granola

I love making homemade granola. It’s quick and easy to toss together, and tastes so much better than anything from the store. You can really be creative with granola, and add different spices, nuts or dried fruit to suit your tastes. Since we are well into pumpkin season, I decided to make a pumpkin spice version of a classic granola. Pumpkin puree is combined with maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg come together to put a fall twist on your standard granola recipe. The aroma from the granola baking is to die for…and it will make you want to run out and pick apples, carve pumpkins and do other fall related activities.

This granola is perfect to eat on top of yogurt or ice cream, or alone drenched in milk. It would also make a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving this year.

Pumpkin Spice Granola
Yields: About 5 cups

5 cups rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
¾ tsp salt
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup apple sauce
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup dried cranberries
½ cup almonds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set the pan aside.

Mix the oats, salt, and spices together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, applesauce, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the oats mixture and stir until evenly incorporated. Spread the oats onto the prepared baking sheet, using a spatula to ensure they are evenly spread out.

Bake the mixture for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and stir. Bake approximately 15-20 minutes longer, or until the oats are crisp and golden. When the oats are ready, remove from the oven, stir in the cranberries and almonds, and set aside to cool. Store in an air tight container.

Source: As seen on Burning Down the House, originally from Baking Bites

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One Response to Pumpkin Spice Granola

  1. Hezzi-D says:

    This looks delish. I make granola about twice a month for us to put on our yogurt in the morning but I’ve never made nor had pumpkin granola. Sounds perfect for fall!

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