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Pumpkin Spice Granola

28 Aug

Pumpkin Spice Granola

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I love fall. The weather, the changing of the leaves, the flavors. I’ll blame my fondness (read: obsession) with fall on the fact that I grew up in Florida where we had two seasons: hot and hotter. The tastes of fall weren’t so easily appreciated in the 90+ degree, humid days. It doesn’t exactly lend itself to warm, spiced comfort foods. But now I get to enjoy all the wonders of fall, including foods full of spiced pumpkin-y goodness. Unfortunately the weather is still quite warm and fall is a little ways off but I thought a pumpkin spice granola would be just the thing to satiate my food craving while still being a suitable breakfast food for warm days. A little homemade granola and some greek yogurt are the perfect way to start the day!

I found this tasty low-fat pumpkin granola recipe from one of the blogs I frequent, Baking Bites. I liked that it didn’t use any oil and that it added some puffed rice to supplement the rolled oats for a slightly different taste and texture. But, like any recipe I make, I usually end up making some changes to make it my own. The spices are just a guide as I generally never measure them; I just add them “to taste” which is usually twice as much as what is called for in any recipe. So here’s my take on the granola:

Pumpkin Spice Granola
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix (ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or you can use 1/4 cup more pumpkin if you don’t have applesauce)
1/4 cup honey (maple syrup is also good, but I don’t often have it on hand)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup raw almonds
3/4 cup cashews (I prefer salted)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried fruit (I like the Sun Maid “fruit bits” mix which is Raisins, Golden Raisins, Dried Apples, Dried Apricots, Dried Peaches, Dried Plums, Dried Cherries)

Preheat the oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet (or two smaller sheets) with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine oats, puffed rice cereal. In a medium bowl, whisk together spices, salt, sugar, applesauce (if using), pumpkin, honey (or maple syrup) and vanilla. Whisk until very smooth.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir with a spatula or large spoon until mixture is evenly coated. Spread on prepared baking sheet(s) in an even layer.
Bake for 30 minutes, then turn over the granola carefully using a large wide spatula. Sprinkle the nuts/seeds onto the granola, then bake everything for additional 15 minutes, until crisp and golden. Depending on the size of your baking sheet, the center might not be fully dried if your granola layer is thick, so if necessary remove the edges of the cooked granola to a cooling rack and let the rest cook for another 10-15 minutes until done.
Cool on pan or on a fine wire rack.
Break granola up as desired, add dried fruit and store in an airtight container.

Makes about 8-10 servings.

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