My house smells great. That’s the wonder behind baking granola. It’s straightforward and easy to toss together whatever nuts and dried fruits happen to be within arm’s reach. I wanted to create a memorable pumpkin granola for a friend and this recipe was born. It’s yummy. It’s easy. And it will make your house smell great. Wondering about these darling labels? My new friends at Kidecals let me create my own personalized labels. I wanted to try them out on canning jars and the result? CUTE. The label transforms a simple jar into something classy and treasured.
2 cups diced dried apples (Fine to substitute with dried cranberries if that's what you have on hand. But don't add the cranberries until after baking.)
1 cup chopped pecans
2 oz bag raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
1 cup honey
2 tablespoons molasses
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with a neutral tasting oil like canola. In a small saucepan mix together honey, molasses, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir over medium low heat until the ingredients are friends and form one uniform sauce. Leave the wet stuff on the stove while you prepare the dry ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl mix together your dry ingredients. (Except the dried cranberries if you're using those instead of the apples. Save those for after you have pulled everything out of the oven.)
Pour the wet mixture over the oats and stir until all of the dry ingredients are evenly moist.
Dump the combined mixture onto your prepared cookie sheet and press down into an even layer.
Bake at 300 for 1 hour and 20 minutes, setting a timer to stir every 20 minutes. The granola is finished baking when it has developed a deep golden color.
Cool completely and if you're using them - add in your dried cranberries. Once it's cool you can break the bigger pieces into bite-sized beauties.
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