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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola

This makes and inexpensive and healthy breakfast cereal. My kids like to just snack on it plain!


Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola 
3 ½ cups rolled oats
2 ½ cups puffed rice cereal (or in a pinch Rice Krispies work nicely too)
3 Tbsp Wheat Germ
3 Tbsp ground Flax Seed
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 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 (we used Pecans Coarsely Chopped)

Method:
Preheat the oven to 325°.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat..
In a large bowl, combine oats, rice cereal, wheat germ and flax seed .  In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract.  Whisk until smooth.  Pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until the oat mixture is evenly coated.  Spread on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
Bake for 30 minutes.  Then turn over the granola using a large, 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 or 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, 12-15 more minutes.  Allow granola to cool on the pan.
Break up granola and store in an airtight container.

Tastes great with milk or our favorite is on vanilla yogurt.