Pumpkin Granola

Servings: 8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 6 Tbsp golden flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl toss together oats, flaxseed meal and pecans.
  2. Measure out pumpkin 1/2 cup at a time and place each half cup onto several layers of paper towels or on clean tea towels. Wrap and squeeze some of the excess moisture from pumpkin until each 1/2 cup as been decreased to 1/3 cup (giving 2/3 cup total).
  3. In a separate mixing bowl stir together the 2/3 cup pumpkin, brown sugar, honey, canola oil, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves until well combined. Pour mixture over oat mixture, toss and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until mixture is evenly coated (it will take quite a bit of tossing and it will seem dry at first).
  4. Spread mixture onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven, removing from oven and toss every 15 minutes (while breaking large clumps apart), 45 minutes. Toss in pumpkin seeds and bake 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven and allow to cool (you can place some in a bowl and add to freezer for several minutes to speed test) and if more crunch is desired, return to a 250 degree oven and bake about 10 - 15 minutes longer. Toss in dried cranberries, allow to cool completely then store in an airtight container.
  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy