Pumpin Spiced Granola With Chia, Cranberries, and Raisins

Fall is the time for pumpkin flavored everything. From muffins to lattes, this flavor takes over in October. However, many of those pumpkin flavored goodies are filled with artificial flavors and loads of sugar. Thankfully, this recipe contains nothing but the good stuff. Rolled oats, nuts and seeds, chia, canned pumpkin, and coconut are the stars of this healthy combination. If you are not a fan of cranberries or raisins, try subbing in dried Turkish figs, dried blueberries, or to stick with the fall theme, dried apples. Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Spiced Granola With Chia, Cranberries, and Raisins 

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnut halves ( sub in cashews, pistachios, or almonds if desired)
  • 1 cup mixed seeds (I used pumpkin, sunflower, and apricot)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon*
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Liquid stevia (optional)*

Dried Fruit:

  • 1/2 to 1 cup cup raisins, cranberries, chopped figs, or chopped apples*

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 315-320 degrees*
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients together until fully combined
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together until all ingredients are coated with wet mixture
  5. Spread the mixture onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet
  6. Bake the mixture for around 35-45 minutes (this will depend on your oven), stirring the mixture every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning around the edges
  7. When the granola is golden brown and crispy, remove from the oven and let cool
  8. When the mixture has cooled, add in your dried fruit of choice
  9. If you desire the granola to be a bit sweeter, you can toss it with a few drops of liquid stevia
  10. Store in a glass storage container or jar for 1 to 2 weeks
  11. Enjoy!!

 

 

**Temperature will vary depending on your oven. Just keep a close eye on the granola while baking to ensure that it is cooking evenly without burning

** You can substitute 2 to 2.5 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for the spices in this recipe

**Feel free to adjust the spices and sweetness to your liking!