Pumpkin Spice Granola

Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door

Makes about 4 cups


Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 

2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 

1/4 teaspoon salt 

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats 

1/2 cup pepitas (raw shelled pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup dried cranberries 


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.


To a small saucepan, add the pumpkin, brown sugar, oil, syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture has heated through and the sugar has dissolved.


In a large bowl combine the oats and pepitas. Pour the pumpkin mixture over the oat mixture and stir well until everything is evenly coated.


Spread the oat mixture in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring the oats after 30 minutes, until browned. 


Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the dried cranberries. Stir, then allow the granola to cool. Once cool, store the granola in a jar with a tight fitting lid or an airtight container.


Bon Appétit!