Pumpkin Granola

I found this recipe online when I was searching for something to do with some leftover pumpkin puree that had been sitting in my fridge.  I played with the recipe I found at Two Peas and Their Pod and switched a couple amounts and ingredients around based on what I had on-hand at the time.  This was some of the best granola I’ve ever had–tasty enough to eat with plain yogurt!

Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

5 C rolled oats

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 C brown sugar

1/2 C pumpkin puree

1/4 C applesauce

1/4 C maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 C each raisins, dried cranberries, chopped pecans and pepitas

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, salt, pecans and pepitas. Mix well.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla.  Pour over oat mixture and stir until combined.  Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet.

3.  Bake for 20 minutes, then remove pan from the oven and stir.  Return to the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until granola is golden and crisp.  Remove from the oven and stir in dried fruit.

Enjoy!

One thought on “Pumpkin Granola

  1. Wow! This looks absolutely amazing. I am a huge fan of anything bread-y, sweet, tender, and this definitely fits the bill. I love baking with applesauce because you can replace a lot (if not all) of the fat with it, and it adds so much moisture. 🙂 Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I think I will give it a try this weekend and let you know how it goes! I am also so envious of your photography skills – you are really talented. So glad I discovered your blog and I will definitely be back soon to find more recipes like this one!

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