Saturday, June 2, 2012

Pumpkin Granola

I made this over the Holidays - it makes the house smell SO good! It's really simple to make and is really good. You can use it as cereal, put on top of yogurt, snack on, etc. It would make a great gift if you wanted to baggie it up for the Holidays.

Pumpkin Granola
Yields: 4 Cups Granola
Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 40 Min

3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Allspice
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup Pure (unsweetened) Pumpkin Puree
1/4 Cup Applesauce
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 Cup Almond Slices

1. Preheat your oven to 325*F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or use a nonstick baking sheet.

2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats through salt). Mix the wet ingredients (syrup through vanilla) in a smaller bowl. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then stir in the cranberries and sliced almonds.

3. Spread the mixture out onto your baking sheet. Bake until golden - stirring halfway through baking - 20 minutes, then stir, then bake another 20 minutes. If it's not quite golden and crisp, bake 5 to 10 minutes more. It will get crisper as it cools. Let it cool and then store it in a covered container to nibble on for a couple of weeks.

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