Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

This past weekend we got into the Halloween spirit in the one way guaranteed to bring out the autumn merriness in everyone.  We went to the pumpkin patch with my adorable nephew, aka the cutest little boy on the Planet Earth.  It was a gorgeous, crisp fall day.  The birds were singing, the sun was shining, and there were pumpkins as far as the eye can see.  There’s nothing like a good old pumpkin to brighten your day, especially if you are one-and-a-half.


“Mama, look at this PUMPKIN!!!”
There were farm animals to be petted…

There were funny wooden cut-outs that you could put your adorable little face into…

There were, of course, pumpkins…

And to top it all off, there were apple cider donuts to be eaten.  I mean seriously…does life get ANY better than this?

I don’t think so!

By the end of the pumpkin patch adventure I was in a complete pumpkin trance.  Luckily I had in my possession a recipe from the ever wonderful Two Peas and Their Pod blog for pumpkin cranberry granola, and one short hour later my kitchen smelled like pumpkin heaven.  This is a super-simple, super-delicious granola that is flexible enough to make pretty much any way your heart desires.  

First you mix up a wonderful concoction of pumpkin puree, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and applesauce, and try very hard not to just eat this mixture with spoon right there in the middle of your kitchen.  You pour it over a nice pile of oatmeal that has been mixed with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and nutmeg, and pop it all in the oven until it is just a little bit crispy.  Once it comes out of the oven, you can toss in cranberries, pumpkin seeds, nuts…whatever your little pumpkin-lovin’ heart desires.  Pumpkin Granola Heaven.

The end.  (Except for the recipe below!)


Pumpkin Cranberry Granola, from Two Peas and their Pod 

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

Ingredients

5 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries
Optional: additional nuts, pepitas, raisins - whatever else feels good to you!

Directions

1. Heat over to 350. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Stir oatmeal, spices and salt together in a large bowl.
3. Whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour into oat mixture and mix until oats are coated. Spread the mixture onto baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and stir. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until golden and crisp. Remove from oven and stir in cranberries and any other mix-ins. Let cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Yum

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  1. Aww Kate he really is the cutest! I think he would make any day just about insanely awesome.

    I miss the days of pumpkin picking. I need to make some of this granola and pretend I'm sitting in the middle of a pumpkin patch.

  2. matt gordon says:

    must first say the little one is precious. reminds me that there is a kid in all of us. secondly, are you prophetic? i was in search of a great granola recipe. thanks, you saved me an hour

  3. Laura Keller says:

    What adorable pictures! And I love the idea of pumpkin granola – I make granola at home all the time but I never thought to flavor it like this… Can't wait to try your recipe, thanks for sharing!

  4. He is so cute!!!
    I've never made granola. Read several recipes and they sound so complicated I'd rather just buy a box of Cascadian Farms honey granola, sad to say. I just might give this recipe a whirl.

  5. So glad you enjoyed the granola. Your photos are so fun!

  6. Made this today , but with a twist. Added honey, honeyroasted sunflower nuts, milled golden flax seed and dumped a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips on while still warm then cut them into bars. Really yummy. Can't wait untill my guys sample them this afternoon.

  7. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    He is adorable! He looks like he had a blast :)

    I'm loving this granola recipe…perfect for Fall!

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