Pumpkin Granola

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy nature! The trees are changing from green to various shades of yellow, red, golden, brown, orange and whatever names Crayola has come up with.  Whether you go on a hike or a bike ride or even a little road trip, you will need a great snack! Try making this Pumpkin Granola for some sustenance.  It’s quite tasty and is perfect to take with you on your Fall adventure.

 

Pumpkin Granola

 

Pumpkin Granola
from Two Peas & Their Pod

Ingredients
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

What To Do
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.

My Comments
I left the pepitas out.  You could substitute sunflower seeds or whatever you like.  As you can see in the photo, I used almonds.

 

This is really good and it’s healthy (no butter, no oil)! I’m actually not a huge granola fan but I like this granola.  It’s a delicious snack and of course, you can also put it on yogurt or whatever else people do with granola.

Enjoy!

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