Pumpkin Spice and Maple Granola


I love fall.  I love everything about it; the smells, the temperature, the sweaters, the colors, and the food that comes with the season, especially the pumpkin!  I saw this recipe on Pink Parsley and knew I wanted to give it a try.  I had some ingredients on hand, and I ran to our co-op for the rest.  Of course, mid way through baking it I realized I didn't pick up any yogurt to have with it in the mornings!  I really need to do a better job planning my trips to the grocery store because this is definitely not the first time I've forgotten something, and unfortunately I'm sure it won't be the last.

3/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Canola Oil
2 tablespoons Honey
3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/3 cup Flax Seeds
1/2 cup Pepitas
1/2 cup Whole Almonds
1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds
2/3 cup Coconut
2 tablespoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Golden Raisins
1/3 cup Dried Cranberries
1 cup Dried Figs, chopped
1/3 cup Dried Apricots, chopped (I added this)


In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, maple syrup, oil, and honey.  Add the oats, flax seeds, pepitas, almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and spices, and mix well to combine.  Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and spread to distribute the mixture to a uniform thickness.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, stirring the granola about every 10 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.  Allow to cool to room temperature and mix in the dried fruits.  Store in an airtight container.