2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 cup local honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 1/2 cups whole rolled oats
1/2 chopped walnuts
1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds; if you can’t find pumpkin seeds or you don’t want to shell your own from your pumpkin-carving, use pistachios or pecans)
1/3 cup your favorite dry sweetener (I use Sucanat, which is dehydrated evaporated cane juice, or Stevia-in-the-Raw®, if you can stay away from refined sugar, do it!)
a good sprinkle kosher salt, about 1/2 teaspoon or so
1/2 cup golden raisins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
1. In a medium bowl mix pumpkin, milk, honey, vanilla, and seasonings. Whisk well.
2. Add oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sweetener, and salt. Mix until oats and nuts are evenly coated.
3. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread granola out in an even layer (very important step), and bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cook a little longer for more crunchy granola, and a little shorter for chewy. Granola will become harder as it cools down and dries.
4. Stir in raisins when granola comes out of the oven. Store in an airtight container.
I love to put this granola in festive bags and give it as a gift. Or just eat it all myself. Enjoy!
Total time: 85 minutes
Makes: 6 cups (or 18 servings)