Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cranberry Pumpkin Granola

I started making granola back in August becuase James and I were both annoyed with cereal varieties and prices and even more annoyed with granola prices and sugar content. Why not make our own cereal? I looked into making granola and it turns out that its really easy. All you need is time and a handful of ingredients. We've gone through a couple of different recipes and we like the Cranberry Pumpkin recipe the best.

I start with all the dry ingredients first and then mix the wet in.

-6 cups of Oats
-1 cup slivered almonds
-1/2 cup Ground Flax Seed
-2/3 cup Brown Sugar
-2-3 teaspoons Cinnamon
-1 teaspoon Allspice
-1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Salt

Mix well and then add the following

-1/2 cup of Pumpkin
-1/4 Grade B Maple Syrup
-1/4 Applesauce

Mix well until everything gets clumpy. Split the mixture onto two large pans and place in an oven preheated to 325 degrees. Turn the granola every 20 minutes until it turns golden brown, depending on your oven this may take 80 to 100 minutes in the oven. I always watch carefully and taste from time to time.

Once you've removed the granola and its cooled for a 15 minutes or so add the following;

-1/2 cup of Dried Cranberries
-1/2 cup of Pumpkin Seeds

You can always add more or less based on you like.

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