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Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe

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Eating granola has many benefits. Granola a type of breakfast cereal consisting of whole grain oats, nuts and dried fruits. It has plenty of fiber and can help lower your cholesterol. As a whole grain, it naturally contains more vitamins and mineral than the average refined cereal.  The oats are commonly toasted with a small amount of oil and sweetener, giving the cereal its texture. The fun is in making your own crunchy creation!

This Fall-festive granola belongs in the pantry of every pumpkin spice lover.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Ingredients and Method (Yield: 4 servings)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Toss the rolled oats, pepitas, peanuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and dried cranberries into a large bowl. Glob in the pumpkin puree, and drizzle the maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract over the mixture.

Stir mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula until all of the oats, nuts, and fruit are fully laminated with the pumpkin, maple, honey and vanilla. If you prefer a hands-on approach, crumble the mixture with both hands until everything has been coated evenly.

Transfer the oat mixture to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake at 325°F for 35-40 minutes or until granola is toasted to a golden brown, stirring the mixture about every ten minutes to ensure each oat and nut is toasted evenly.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Once the granola is completely cool, sprinkle over everything from yogurt parfaits to baked apples.

Granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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