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Nov212011

Pumpkin Spice Granola!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 c rice krispies cereal
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1/4 c pumpkin puree
  • 2 T unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 2T agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c chopped nuts and/or seeds (such as pecans, walnuts, and/or pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Measure the oats & rice cereal into a large bowl, set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin pie spice, salt, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup, agave nectar and vanilla extract. Whisk until very smooth.

Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until the oats & rice cereal are evenly coated. Spread mixture on the prepared cookie sheet in an even layer.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove sheet from the oven, stir the nuts & seeds into the granola, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown and crisp.  Remove granola from the oven, toss with dried fruit, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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