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Maple Spice Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

 

Maple Spice Pumpkin Granola ~ www.SumptuousSpoonfuls.com

Eeek! I’m so excited! I did it … I finally got my own domain, my own home for my blog. I’ve been researching, thinking, dreaming of what I could do if I only had a REAL site of my own. Today I took the plunge and just did it. It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Welcome! I’m so glad you came to see my new home! Yes, I know it looks pretty much exactly the same as the old one … that was intentional, for now. I have a lot of ideas for where to go from here, but I really didn’t want to mess with the site TOO much …

Oh, but you wanted to talk granola, didn’t you?

I’ve been dreaming of this granola for weeks it seems … dying to make it … looking for pumpkin seeds at the store. I thought about toasting up some out of one of these little pumpkins I have here, but I really wanted those lovely little softly crunchy green ones, not the big seeds you pull out of your pumpkin and roast.

Maple Spice Pumpkin Granola ~ www.SumptuousSpoonfuls.com

I knew I saw some at the grocery store, but every time I went back, they were gone … FINALLY, this morning, I found some! It’s granola time, baby! This is the absolute perfect granola to get you in the mood for the holidays. Munch on it for a snack. Eat it for breakfast with milk. Make a fancy granola yogurt parfait. Dip some apple slices in peanut butter and then coat in granola.

Maple Spice Pumpkin Cranberry Granola ~ www.SumptuousSpoonfuls.com

Maple Spice Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

  • 4 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 1/2 cups mixed seeds and/or nuts ~ I used 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup pecans, 1/2 cup peanuts, 1/2 cup pistachios, 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 -4 Tablespoons honey (depending on how sweet you want it … I used 2 T because I don’t like it overly sweet)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt (optional … skip this part if you’re watching your sodium)
  • 6 oz. dried cranberries and/or cherries (or other dried fruit)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the oats and nuts. Set aside.
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix the pumpkin, vanilla, syrup, honey, pumpkin pie spice, flaxmeal and oil. Microwave on high for a minute, stir, and then microwave 30 seconds more until the mixture is good and hot. (Or heat the mixture in a saucepan. Either way will work.)
  3. Pour the hot pumpkin mixture over the nutty oat mixture in the bowl. Stir it all up until it’s well mixed.
  4. Spread all this wonderful stuff out into a thin layer on a large jellyroll pan (or other big flat baking pan with an edge to it). Sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Set it in the oven and bake for about an hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. It should be browned to a lovely brown color and smelling fantastic. You can taste a little sample to see if it’s crunchy enough. If it’s not, bake it a little longer.
  6. Let the granola cool before stirring in the dried cranberries. Store in an airtight container. It will keep for about a month or so.

Maple Spice Pumpkin Granola ~ www.SumptuousSpoonfuls.com

This recipe was shared at Melt in your Mouth MondayMix it Up MondayTotally Tasty TuesdayTuesday Talent Show, Tasty Tuesday, All my Bloggy FriendsNewlyweds Recipe Linky, Foodie FridayWeekend Potluck, Monday Menu Plan, All Things Pumpkin and the Fall Recipe Roundup.

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10 Responses

  1. Hi Ann!
    Congrats on the new site!

    xoxoxo,
    ~Melissa

    ps….the granola looks awesome!

    October 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    • admin

      Thanks Melissa! I’ve got a few kinks to work out yet but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! I’m so glad you like the granola too :)

      October 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  2. Congratulations on the new site! Looks very pleasant and the granola blend looks delicious!!

    October 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  3. Ann

    I love your new website and I adore this delicious granola recipe! Kudos on both!!!

    October 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

    • Ann

      Thank you so much Ann!

      October 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

  4. This granola looks so good! I’ve been looking for a healthy, tastly fall granola to make!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

    October 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Leslie! I really love it … I hope you do too!

      October 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

  5. Congratulations on your own domain! The granola looks divine…now I need to find the pumpkin seeds too!

    October 10, 2012 at 7:57 am

  6. Love the new blog Ann! Congratulations :) I’m adding pumpkin seeds to my shopping list so I can treat my taste buds to this fab granola! xoxo

    October 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

  7. Fist time on your blog…love the snaps. The granola looks delish!! Easy and healthy snack!!

    November 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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