Pumpkin Spiced Granola

September 15, 2014

I don’t know about you, but fall fever has definitely hit me. The temperature cooled down this weekend; there is a lovely crispness in the air, and the slightest warmth of color has kissed the trees.

Also, I’m craving everything pumpkin.

In my humble opinion, pumpkin is one of the greatest additions to fall food.  Savory or sweet, this perfect vegetable seems to meld with whatever you’re cooking. Plus, it comes conveniently pureed in a 15 oz can ready to use. What more could you ask for?

Today I bring you a crunchy, wholesome, pumpkin spice granola that is deliciously seasoned with warm fall spices and slightly sweet from the addition of maple syrup and brown sugar.

Moreover, this recipe couldn’t be easier to prepare. Mix your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients, throw it onto a rimmed cookie sheet and bake. Simple as that.  Well, you have to stir the granola twice, but really, that’s it.

Enjoy this tasty treat topped with milk or mixed in with some Greek yogurt. What is your favorite way to eat pumpkin? Let me know below!

Pumpkin Spiced Granola:

Yields: about 6 cups (12 1/2 cup servings)
Time: 60 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups oats (I used quick cooking, I am sure regular would work, too)
  • 2 cups puffed wheat cereal
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tbls. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (if you want a sweeter granola, you can increase sugar to 2/3 or 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line two large rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (oats through cloves).
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until smooth.
  5. Transfer wet ingredients into dry and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Evenly distribute granola mixture onto the two pans in a thin layer.
  7. Put pans in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15, until granola is golden brown.
  8. Remove pans from oven and allow granola to cool; it will crisp up upon cooling.
  9. Break apart any large pieces, if desired.

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