Healthy Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola
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Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola with Cranberries

Cozy up with a Fall pantry Staple; Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola with Cranberries. Crunchy clusters with all the Fall flavors, a delicious grab n go snack or breakfast. vegan + gluten free | This recipe makes about 6 3/4 granola.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten Free Granola, Homemade Granola, Pumpkin Granola
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 13 1/2 C Servings
Calories 319.07kcal
Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean

Ingredients

  • 4 C Thick Rolled Oats 485g Regular or Gluten Free - not the quick cook variety
  • 1/2 C Pepitas 80g
  • 1/2 C Sunflower Seeds hulled 80g
  • 1 1/2 C Pecans shelled 188g
  • 1/3 C Brown Sugar packed 62g
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon ground
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg ground
  • 1/2 tsp Cloves ground
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger ground
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3/4 C Pumpkin Puree' canned or homemade 188g
  • 1/2 C Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 C Coconut Oil melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1 C Cranberries dried 106g

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 275F. Optional: line sheet pan with parchment paper (do not use a silpat here).
  • Chop 1/2 the pecans to a fine chop.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix the dry ingredients: oats, sunflower seeds, pepitas, pecans, brown sugar and spices.
  • In a small sauce pot, warm the pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla bean paste just to over room temperature. Whisk well.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, mix well, incorporating all the ingredients so that every little oat grain is coated with delicious pumpkin spice mix.
  • Pour mixture into the prepared sheet pan, pushing the granola into the corners. Spread evenly, then using the back of wooden spoon, firmly press the granola into the pan.
  • Bake at 275F for 60 minutes. Do not stir. Rotate the pan, and increase the temperature to 300F for 20 minutes.The granola will be fragrant and toasty golden brown. Don't be tempted to stir if clustering is desired.
  • Remove from oven and allow the granola to cool completely (if you can) before gently tossing in the cranberries. Handle the granola gently if clustering is desired.
  • Store in a covered container for up to two weeks.

Notes

The long bake on this granola ensures a nice crunchy granola. Start checking to make sure the granola is not getting too dark about ten minutes after increasing the temp. to 300F. It will still be just slightly 'soft,' but will firm up as it cools creating a nice crunchy texture.
Granola may be frozen for up to two weeks in a lidded container to keep it fresh. Thaw at room temperature. 
Adapted from my Maple Pecan Granola Recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 319.07kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.14g | Protein: 6.35g | Fat: 17.98g | Saturated Fat: 5.1g | Sodium: 95.27mg | Potassium: 261.24mg | Fiber: 5.05g | Sugar: 14.8g | Vitamin A: 2210.78IU | Vitamin C: 1.81mg | Calcium: 49.51mg | Iron: 2.09mg