Autumn Granola 

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Autumn is finally here, YAY! I really really really love home made granola, but it is not something I make often. This recipe combines everything I love about fall, all in one munchable snack. I really wanted to name it Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin-Walnut-Granola but thought that would be obnoxious so Autumn Granola it is.

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First combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup nuts (I used walnuts, but pecans or any type will do)

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Prepare the wet ingredients and whisk together until fully combined.

  • 2tbsp browned butter (just heat butter, stirring occasionally until brown, bubbling, and gloriously flavorful. This mixes best if the butter comes straight off the heat.)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 3 tbsp molasses (maple syrup works just fine, too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

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Pour wet ingredients into dry. And stir really well to completely combine and coat all of the ingredients evenly.

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Prep a pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread granola mix in even layer on parchment paper.  Drizzle 1 tsp honey over the top and bake for 15 minutes. Stir granola, drizzle another tsp honey over the top,  and bake for another 25 minutes.

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Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Add in 1/2 cup dried apple chips if desired (trust me, its delicious) and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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My favorite way to have this granola is on top of plain or vanilla greek yogurt. It is so delightful. Other great ways are plain, used as a crumble topping for pies, or as a cereal with a dash of milk.

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