Happy Fall! I kicked off the season with a baking spree this weekend. First on my list was pumpkin granola. I've made granola before, using nuts and fruit and all kinds of delicious--but expensive--ingredients. This recipe, from Two Peas and Their Pod, is very simple and inexpensive, and, unlike many recipes, pretty healthy!
First, mix together the wet ingredients: pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla.
Then, mix together the dry ingredients: oats, spices, salt, and sugar.
Next, pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix together until moistened.
Fingers make great mixers. This would be a lot of fun for a little kid.
Spread out the mixture on a foil or wax paper lined baking sheet and bake in a warm (325 degrees) oven for 40 minutes, mixing up the granola half way through baking.
The granola should be starting to get crispy. Don't worry if it is still moist, it will dry out and gain some crunch as it cools. Stir in dried cranberries, and let cool completely.
This granola is great. It's easy to make, healthy, and inexpensive. What more could you want? Oh, and it tastes awesome. I plan to eat it with yogurt, but so far I've been too busy eating it out of the jar.