Remember in my very first post when I wrote about how I have assumed the role of cookie sender on birthdays? Our first family birthday has come and gone, but it didn’t involve a batch of cookies.
My youngest brother, Greg, is not one for sweets. He’s more of a protein powder, milk, granola & greek yogurt kind of guy. So, for his birthday this year (which happens to be Halloween), I made a batch of this delicious pumpkin granola.
The granola was very well received by the birthday boy. So much so that I received text messages from him every time he ate it. Which only made me wish I had saved just a little for myself to enjoy because it sure was good. If you’re looking for more ways to use up pumpkin, a different version of granola to try, or if you have a special someone who’s birthday is near, this is a great treat.
5 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.
3. 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.
4. 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. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
*Pumpkin Pie Spice = 4 Tbsp cinnamon + 4 tsp nutmeg + 4 tsp ginger + 3 tsp allspice. (Mix together, store in airtight container)
Source: adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod