Monday, September 23, 2013

Pumpkin Granola

I just bought a flat of pureed pumpkin at Costco....who does that?!  At least my obsession is a healthy one.

I made a batch of this pumpkin granola a few days ago, it is gone and I need to make more. It tastes deliciously like fall and you can put it on yogurt, ice cream, eat it plain or with milk.  Enjoy.  

5 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pepitas
1/4 cup pecans
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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, cranberries, pepitas, pecans. Mix well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, 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 let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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