Pumpkin Granola

It is the holidays, so get ready to change up your granola for the season. If you haven’t tried making your own granola, I’m not sure what you are waiting for. It is so simple to make, and you can go into any flavor direction you want. In this granola you have pumpkin, apple sauce, and fall spices for your flavor, as well as dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

3 Cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. maple syrup
1/2 C. pumpkin
1/4 C. applesauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats through salt). Mix the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl (syrup through vanilla). Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then stir in the cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
Spread the mixture onto your prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden, stirring after 20 minutes. The granola will get crispier after cooling. Let it cool and then store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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