Fall is so pretty in Chicago, the leaves are changing colors. Red, orange yellow and purple all over the place. This crisp cool weather makes me want to bake all things fall. Currently crushing on all things apples and pumpkins. My kids love granola on top of their yogurt bowls in the morning. So I gave this family favorite a fall makeover to fit the season. It makes for a great seasonal breakfast or snack. The best thing about making granola at home is that its so easy, no special tools, you can control the quality of the ingredients, adjust the flavors according to the season. You have complete control on the fat and the sweeteners you use. And the best part is that it has a long shelf life so you can enjoy it all season long.
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tbls chia seeds
2 tbls hemp seeds
1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
A few grinds of nutmeg
a pinch of flaky salt
1 tsp of vanilla
1 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1/4 cup maple syrup (adjust sweetness to your liking)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tbls walnut oil (optional)
Preheat your oven to 325 F.
In a large bowl stir together all the wet ingredients (pumpkin purée, coconut oil, walnut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla) until evenly combined.
In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients (walnuts, oats, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice, hemp seeds, chia seeds)
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until the oat mixture absorbs the pumpkin mixture.
Place mixture on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 - 35 minutes until crisped and slightly browned to your liking. Toss every 10 - 15 minutes.
Add the cranberries the last 10 min of your baking time. Let granola cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container.
How to use Granola:
Granola is delicious on its own, added to cereal, on top of yogurt, oatmeal, baked fruit, or even ice cream and if you put it in a glass jar it will make for a perfect edible gift.
Granola can be stored in an airtight container, in a cool, dry spot for six months (sometimes longer). You can also freeze granola and granola bars just as you would cookies. wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and/or in resealable freezer bag. The only thing is that your dried fruits might get hard. If you are going to freeze I would add the dried fruits after thawing.