Pumpkin Granola sounded like it would be the perfect answer for Thanksgiving weekend with family in town!
You can make this now and store it in an airtight container to have on hand for the holiday weekend.
You don’t need any oil for this recipe, since the maple syrup, pumpkin and applesauce bind the oats together.
Here’s the Pumpkin Granola recipe
I adapted for our taste buds~
~3 1/2 cup oats
~2 cups nuts (I used ½ cup each of pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds/pepitas, and silvered almonds)
~1/2 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
~1/4 cup maple syrup
~1 (3.9 oz) container of unsweetened applesauce (or ½ cup)
~3/4 cup brown sugar
~1 tsp vanilla
~1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
~1/2 tsp cinnamon
~1/4 tsp nutmeg
~1 to 2 cups dried fruit (raisins or dried cranberries, I used 2 cups cranberries)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In large bowl combine oats and nuts.
In a small bowl, combine pumpkin, maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Whisk to combine, breaking up pumpkin. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to coat.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or spray with cooking spray and spread granola mixture evenly onto pans.
Bake granola for 30 – 45 minutes, (45 minutes for me) stirring in 10 to 15 minute intervals to allow the ingredients to cook evenly.
Remove from oven and cool.
Stir in dried fruit and store in airtight container.
Try to refrain from eating handfuls when it comes out of the oven :)
Serve with plain or vanilla yogurt, drizzled with maple syrup or honey. The ideal light breakfast that you can serve alone, or with a breakfast bread/ muffin before or after indulging in your Thanksgiving feast!
As you can imagine, it smells heavenly~
like Pumpkin Pie while baking!
You can adjust this to your family’s taste buds with your nuts and fruit or with the addition of coconut.
While the aroma was like pumpkin pie, the flavor was not overwhelmingly “pumpkiny”~ more of a subtle pumpkin pie- flavored-granola. If you want to boost the pumpkin flavor you can add more pumpkin pie spice.