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