This Fall granola mix is tasty, colorful, and made with all healthy ingredients.
Pecans, walnuts, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice mix, cinnamon, pure maple syrup – all Fall and Autumn tastes combined in one happy little mix. Can you ask for more? I simply can’t stop eating this deliciousness. I think your family will enjoy the mix too if they do enjoy mixed foods like this.
While I was making this, our 3 year old son was supposed to be helping me pour the ingredients but instead he was eating bowls of the mixture (the add-ins were not mixed in yet). Most of the kids actually prefer granola without all the add-ins – they only like cranberries mixed with the oats, spices and wet ingredients. Our eldest enjoys trying most of the mix-ins. But if your kids love all the nuts and such – they definitely will enjoy this recipe!
Fall Granola Mix
- 2-1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup pure Maple syrup
- 1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp all-spice
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 unsweetened coconut
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line two baking sheets. Set one aside.
- Use the other lined baking sheet to spread cranberries, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes.
- Toast in pre-heated oven for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove from oven and set aside.
- Lover oven to 300 degrees.
- Mix oats, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and all spice in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Melt coconut oil in a small pot over very low heat (about 1 minute). Turn off heat. Stir in honey and pumpkin until combined.
- Pour dry mixture into wet and stir just until combined. Spread onto lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Stir and bake an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir in toasted add-ins. Allow granola to cool.
- Store in an airtight glass container(s).
Note: I was going to make this in clumps but the maple syrup was quite runny and not in a sticky form (think all-natural and healthier with less sugar). If you desire a clumpier (is that a word?) sort of granola, use a stickier liquid and do not toast the add-ins. Instead combine them with oat mixture and bake about 20-25 minutes or until it’s brown enough to your taste. Allow to cool; then break apart in clumps.
To give as gifts, use Mason jars and attach a free gift tag found here. You can even write the main ingredients down at the back of the tags so your receivers know exactly what is in the mix. Find these free tags here.
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Do you eat granola? How do you like them (hard, crunchy, soft-ish)? What are some of your favorite add-ins?