Thursday, October 11, 2012

pumpkin spiced granola

This is another pumpkin recipe I saw and had to make right away.  I had all the ingredients on hand except for the pumpkin seeds but I wasn't about to put off making this for one missing ingredient.  Granola is usually overly sweet in my opinion but this is a mildly sweet granola with a hint of pumpkin.  The aroma while baking is splendid.  My kids each had a bowlful with milk this morning for breakfast and I've seen them take handfuls to snack on.  It would be great as a dessert served with vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce!

pumpkin spiced granola (blog: Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 1/2 cups Rice Krispy cereal
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat liner.  In a large bowl mix together oats and Rice Krispies.  In a separate bowl combine cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.  Pour mixture over the oats and stir until everything is evenly coated.  Spread onto baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes, stir the granola and bake for an additional 30 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Once cool mix in dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips.  Store in an air tight container.

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