Pumpkin Spice Granola

Last fall, I made a super sister care package for my darling sibling A., who lives in Ontario, which is many, many miles away from me. This granola was one of the goodies inside! I also made it for my circle of friends at Christmas, putting it into adorable little Mason jars and tying each with red and white baking twine. As you can tell, I am a stickler for cute details! This granola is crunchy, sweet & spicy at the same time. It’s perfect for mixing with yogurt & fruit, or as a quick snack on its own. If you’re like me & like giving away treats – it also makes a great gift!

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Ingredients:

3 ½ cups rolled oats
2 ½ cups puffed rice cereal
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
up to 1 ½ cups chopped nuts
up to 1 cup dried fruit

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine oats and puffed rice cereal.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract.  Whisk until very smooth.  Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until the oat mixture is evenly coated.

Spread on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Then turn over the granola using a large, wide spatula.  Sprinkle the nuts onto the granola and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until crisp and golden.  Depending on the size of your baking sheet, the center may not be fully dried if your granola layer is thick, so if necessary remove the edges of the cooked granola and let the rest cook until done, 10-15 more minutes.  Cool on pan or on a fine wire rack.

Break up granola as desired and toss with dried fruit.  Store in an airtight container.

Source: Annie’s Eats

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3 Responses to Pumpkin Spice Granola

  1. aml says:

    best package ever! xo

  2. Rebecca says:

    This looks fabulously good. Yum!

  3. And suddenly I have a pressing desire for pumpkin… Yum!

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