I love making homemade granola. Not only does it taste good, but it makes the house smell amazing. I usually stir up a new recipe every time I make granola. I can’t help myself. There are so many flavors to play around with. This time I went with a fall theme and made a batch of pumpkin granola.
Pumpkin, applesauce, and maple syrup bind the oats together so there is no need for butter or oil. I used pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg to give the granola a prominent pumpkin spice flavor. The pumpkin spice aroma traveled throughout the house and lingered for hours-much better than a pumpkin candle:)
When the granola was finished baking, I stirred in dried cranberries and pepitas. I didn’t add nuts because Josh is allergic, but feel free to add in a handful or two. Almonds or pecans would be a delightful addition. I love the large crunchy clumps in this granola. If you aren’t a clumpy fan, just break them up. This pumpkin granola is good eaten plain, as a yogurt topping, or with a splash of cold milk.
- 5 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pepitas
- Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.
- 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.
- 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.
- *Note-serve granola with yogurt, milk, or enjoy plain.
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Could you use honey instead of maple syrup and do you have the nutritional info on this? Loos so yummy!!
This will be my snack when watching a movie or my favorite shows.
Wow Yummy !
Hey, this looks awesome! I was just woning if you would be able to omit the brown sugar?
It will be less sweet, but it will work!
Can I use steel cut oats in this recipe?
Can I substitute coconut sugar for brown? We don’t consume brown in the house. Thanks
I made my granola tonight. The aroma is just amazing. I did bake my cranberries and raisins in the oven. I will see how they taste once it cools. I did not put nuts. I put dates, pepitas, sunflower seeds, old-fashioned rolled oats. I used agave, coconut oiil , vanilla extract. Excited ! This is the first time I have used the agave.
Hi, I made this once and will now need to double the recipe. What else could I add besides cranberries and pepitas? Could I add chia?
You can double all of the ingredients. If you want to add chia, you can!
Made this for work and it was so delicious! Greta for a carry in and made enough that I could leave some for my kids too. A healthy delicious snack! Thanks for sharing
I have made this several times changing the spices to suit my taste. I love the zero oil/butter. Today I am going to try omitting the pumpkin and just using all applesauce and walnuts. Hoping for an Apple pie flavor.
You nailed it, Maria!
Can you give the calorie and fat content of this recipe please?
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