Pumpkin Gingerbread Granola

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I just realized granola recipes outweigh cinnamon bun recipes on this site about 8:1. I’ll work on closing that gap sometime this week, when our agenda will mostly consist of couch sitting, tobogganing and playing Connect Four.

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Meanwhile, have some more granola. I made a couple batches spiked with pumpkin, molasses, cinnamon and ginger for a friend to give away to people she likes – hers was nut-free, with pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut, but when I made some for myself I threw in some pecans. It’s crazy simple – all you do is mix old-fashioned oats with nuts (if you like), seeds and coconut, then with a slurry of pumpkin, brown sugar, honey, molasses and spices – make it as spicy (or not) as you like.

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Granola

4-5 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey or Roger’s Golden syrup
1 Tbsp. molasses
1-2 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (or both)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl, toss together the oats, pecans, coconut and pumpkin seeds. In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, honey, molasses 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 completely.

Makes about 6 cups.

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December 22 2013 10:34 am | breakfast and grains

6 Responses to “Pumpkin Gingerbread Granola”

  1. Jen on 23 Dec 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Ok. The granola looks great, but the yellow Le Creuset is absolutely fabulous!

  2. Meaghan on 23 Dec 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas! I look forward to reading your blog as often as possible and I just wanted to say thank you for all of the hard work you put in all year:)

  3. Meta4 on 23 Dec 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Made your Baked Oatmeal with Berries and lentils this morning for the Christmas gang in our house. It was a success, wished I had made a triple batch.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family that you so often mention in your blog.

  4. Jenn on 23 Dec 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    These waffles look amazing!! I can smell them through the screen :)

  5. @LaCuisineHelene on 25 Dec 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Merry Christmas with your beautiful family!

  6. mmac on 30 Dec 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Making this today to have on hand for the start of the year

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