Granola is basically a food group in my world. It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I usually pair it with some Greek yogurt. There are a lot of really delicious varieties in the store, but there are times when it is fun to make something at home. This weekend I decided to give granola making a shot. What I came up with is my Fall Granola. I call it Fall Granola because it has flavors that remind me of fall…apple, pumpkin, cinnamon, maple, and brown sugar. It was quick and easy to make and turned out quite yummy!
The main ingredients of this granola are raw pumpkin seeds, raw chopped walnuts, and gluten free old fashioned oats.
Measure the ingredients into a bowl. You can also add a tablespoon or two of flax or chia seeds to the mix. I use a blend that contains both.
In a small saucepan, add maple syrup, applesauce, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Bring it to a simmer. When it starts to bubble, remove from the heat and toss it in with the oat mixture.
Spread the mixture into an even layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Put this in the oven at 300 degrees for 25-35 minutes. You want everything to be golden brown.
Remove from the oven. It will still seem a bit sticky or soft at first, but will harden as it cools.
This would make a cute gift too…maybe in a mason jar. I gave some to a friend in a ziptop bag with a recipe card.
- 3 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup raw walnuts, chopped
- 2 tbsp flax or chia seeds (optional)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup no sugar added applesauce
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp canola or coconut oil
- ¼ to ½ tsp salt (to taste)
- Combine nuts, oats, and seeds in a mixing bowl
- Combine syrup, applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, brown sugar, oil, and salt in a small saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently.
- As soon as the mixture starts bubbling, remove from heat and combine with the oat mixture.
- Mix well and spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 25-35 minutes, until golden brown.
- The granola will harden as it cools.
Enjoy this plain, with milk, or on top of your favorite yogurt!