I caved, and finally decided to buy pumpkin puree. Once its in the house, the pumpkin inspired recipes are endless. In keeping with my weekly routine, I opted for pumpkin granola as the first endeavour. The result was more chunky then previous granola batches, probably because the apple sauce and pumpkin puree hold the oatmeal together better. All this to say, I see this recipe more as a snacking granola, then a cereal granola. Either way, its delicious!

PUMPKIN GRANOLA // makes enough for the week

Recipe updated October 2016.

Preheat oven to 325.


3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup pepitas
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/3 cup pumpkin purée
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup olive oil (or coconut oil)

1/2 cup dried cranberries

What to do:

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Combine both, and mix well to coat the oats in the pumpkin mixture.

Lay the mixture on 2 parchment lined baking sheets, and bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown, checking every 10 minutes and moving the oats around on the pan.

The oats will crisp up as they cool. Let cool before storing.