Pumpkin Pie Granola

Pumpkin pie granola Pumpkin Pie Granola

It’s my sister’s birthday today. (The one who lives across the street.) She’ll spend the day going to work and soccer and the usuals, and I wanted to do something small to make her day better. She adores pumpkin pie – something we don’t have in common – but she hasn’t been allowing herself to eat it over the past few months, as she’s been busy losing almost 100 pounds. I know! I’m so proud of her, and not only for that accomplishment.

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She loves granola, so I thought I’d make some that tasted like pumpkin pie. A dollop of plain or vanilla yogurt could be like whipped cream almost, couldn’t it? With a drizzle of maple syrup?

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I’m just now realizing that although I made it for her, it’s still sitting in my kitchen, so it will require an early morning sprint across the street in the snow if delivery is going to be made in time for breakfast.

Happy birthday Ali! We love you lots.

Pumpkin Pie Granola

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup nuts and seeds (I used sliced almonds, chopped pecans and sesame seeds)
2 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2-3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey or Roger’s Golden syrup
1 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl, toss together the oats, nuts and seeds, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Add to the oat mixture and toss to coat well.

Spread out in a single layer on a heavy rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the granola is golden and crunchy. Remove from the oven and stir in the cranberries. Cool and store in a jar. Makes about 6 cups.

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October 24 2012 05:42 am | breakfast and grains

14 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Granola”

  1. Carla on 24 Oct 2012 at 7:52 am #

    That looks amazing, I’m going to make some this morning! We always have a big glass jar full of your ‘regular’ granola on our counter. My kids favorite snack Is cored apple rings made into sandwiches with peanut butter and chocolate chips in the middle — I add granola to mine – LOVE !

  2. Anonymous on 24 Oct 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Through the SNOW??? Wow. Sorry about that, babe. It is 20 degrees in Ottawa this week.
    Oh- and the granola looks yummy! We love pumpkin pie here so this is one to try for sure.

  3. Lana on 24 Oct 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Aaaaand once again I got so excited about commenting that I didn’t fill in who I am. So- anonymous above? That’s me.

  4. Sue.D on 24 Oct 2012 at 8:16 am #

    SO brilliant! Going to try it out this morning, bet it will make my (also snow-bound) house smell amazing.

  5. maureen on 24 Oct 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Awwww. What a thoughtful(and delicious) surprise. Happy birthday to your sister — we kind of feel like we know her too — and HUGE congrats on her weight loss accomplishment on top of everything else she masters in her life.

  6. elaine on 24 Oct 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Good lord, this looks delicious. I just visited my folks in Amish country and stocked up on some bulk seeds/grains for granola purposes; looks like my first batch is already planned! Also, yay for your sister–what an extraordinary thing to do!

  7. Stephanie on 24 Oct 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Wow! 100 pounds is a lot of weight, that’s really impressive.

    This granola looks so so good. I want to make a batch of it so badly but my boyfriend hates pumpkin flavored stuff.. dilemma, dilemma.

  8. Carolyn on 25 Oct 2012 at 6:43 am #

    I made a similar granola to this from skinnytaste. It is so good! Perhaps your sister could share her weight-loss secrets and how she feels after all of that.

    Love all your posts this week – your posts always brighten my day!

  9. Erica B. on 25 Oct 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy Ali & Congrats!!!

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  11. Barb on 26 Oct 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Yum. I like the sounds of this one. I, too, make your ususal all the time but a bit of a changeup once in a while doesn’t hurt. Right?

  12. Sandra :) on 30 Oct 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Happy belated birthday and BIG congratulations on your huge accomplishment, Ali!

    I found this recipe a few days ago and have a batch in the oven right now. My house smells — well – you can imagine how great it smells, lol. DS1 loves pumpkin pie, so he’ll be my official taste tester when he gets home from work :D

    BTW – no snow here just north of Toronto, but we’re waiting to see if Sandy will send any more wild winds our way :/ It’s drizzly and quite warm (11C!) right now – the sun was shining like crazy this morning – it was gorgeous!

  13. Catherine on 04 Nov 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Hi! Any suggestions as to how long this recipe would keep fresh in a proper container? I’d love to make this as a Christmas gift for few friends. Thank you.

  14. frost on 12 Dec 2012 at 3:22 am #

    this looks really great!

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