a big warm hug of healthy.

Two of my great loves united….crunchy granola and warm spicy pumpkin.  I’ve had granola for breakfast probably 4-5 mornings a week for the better part of three years.  Mixed with yogurt, it’s a great nutritious way to start the day. Oats are full of fiber which keeps you full (helpful when your morning of full of meetings and craziness) and they do all kinds of good things like lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and maintain a healthy weight.
SO–even better when they taste like heaven, right? I’ve made my own granola for a while, and this is definitely the best recipe yet.  Even without the pumpkin, using the maple syrup and apple sauce as the binders add great flavor, and make great crunchy clusters! the best part of granola, right? 

Make this. Make this now. It will take you maaaaybe an hour. Your kitchen will smell like a big warm hug. You’ll have a fantastic easy breakfast option at your fingertips for at least 2 weeks (if you can keep those fingers from snacking too 🙂 ).

Pumpkin Granola

two peas and their pod

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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