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Autumn is upon us! At this time of year, you will find me putting pumpkin and squash in anything I can get away with. Try this delicious granola. You wont regret it! It would be a great hostess gift at Thanksgiving or a little "thinking of you" gift for a friend. Package it in a pretty little cellophane bag or in an orange air tight container, wrap a black polka dot ribbon around the container or tie the bag closed. Cute and easy!
Pumpkin Spice Granola
3 ½ cups rolled oats
2 ½ cups puffed rice cereal
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
up to 1 ½ cups chopped nuts
up to 1 cup dried fruit
1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats and puffed rice cereal. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk until very smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until the oat mixture is evenly coated. Spread on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
3. Bake for 30 minutes. Then turn over the granola using a large, wide spatula. Sprinkle the nuts onto the granola and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until crisp and golden. Depending on the size of your baking sheet, the center may not be fully dried if your granola layer is thick, so if necessary remove the edges of the cooked granola and let the rest cook until done, 10-15 more minutes. Cool on pan or on a fine wire rack.
4. Break up granola as desired and toss with dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.
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Amy has been married to her hunky, hard-working, semi-pro football playing, graphic designer husband for 8 years. She is also mother to two energetic, delightful, and precocious 4 year old little girls. You'll find more at I Wish I Was in Dixie. Visitors always welcome.
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