Friday, September 21, 2012

Glorious fall weather.

It is finally cooling down here (upper 70's are incredible)! We are so excited to walk out and not sweat immediately. With the cooler weather comes my desire for fall foods, especially pumpkin flavored anything. I recently made one of my favorite fall snacks with a friend: Pumpkin Granola. Its sweet, yet slightly salty and I add a few dried craisins to add even more of a fall flavor. 

Its really easy and I think its perfect as cereal, a morning snack or in my case a late night snack while waiting for Will to get home.

Pumpkin Granola

Heres what you need. You probably have most of it on hand.

5 c. rolled oats (not instant)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1/4 c. applesauce
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
craisins (however many you'd like)

Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In large bowl, combine oats, spices and salt. In medium size bowl, whisk together brown sugar, applesauce, pumpkin, maple syrup & vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix until it is completely coated. The mixture will be wet. Spread it out over the pan.

Bake for 20 min, remove and stir. Bake an additional 15-20 min until golden and crisp. **Tip: I always think that the granola isn't done, but it does get crispier as it sits out of the oven. Add in craisins & enjoy!

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