Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pumpkin Pie granola

Choose a version and prepare by the directions below. Version 1 not oil uses applesauce instead

"Version 1"
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup applesauce
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries

"Or this version 2''

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat an oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Coat 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, rolled oats, almonds, and pecans in a large bowl. Mix the applesauce(if version 1), Coconut (if version 2) honey, oil (in in your version) and vanilla in a separate large bowl. Stir the oat mixture into the applesauce mixture, until granola begins to gather in clusters. Spoon granola evenly onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 20 minutes, until lightly browned and crispy, about 1 hour.
Remove from oven; cool to room temperature. Stir in raisins and cranberries; store in an airtight container. Makes 7 cups of granola.

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