The perfect autumn granola recipe! It's tossed with tasty pumpkin and spices and finished with crunchy pumpkin seeds and sweet cranberries.
Ready in: 1hour15minutes
3 1/2cupsold fashioned oats
6Tbspgolden flaxseed meal
1cupcanned pumpkin puree
2/3cuppacked light-brown sugar
1/4cuphoney or maple syrup
1 1/2tspground cinnamon
1/2cupraw pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl toss together oats, flaxseed meal and pecans.
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).
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).
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.