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Pumpkin Pie Granola

by Jamie on August 20, 2012

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I cried a little this morning. Seriously. Today marks my first day back to work for the 2012 school year and although I know that I shouldn’t be complaining about 2.5 months off, I’m still going to.

I’ve mentioned before that I not a morning person, in fact, I don’t think I really utter full sentences until I’ve been up for at least a couple of hours. I like my sleep and I loathe waking up to alarms – yes, that’s more whining.

Since I don’t get a ton of sleep during the school days, I’m self-professed serial snoozer. Meaning I hit the snooze buttons about 10 times each morning. This annoying habit means that I am always in a hurry and can barely brew a cup of coffee before I have to literally run out the door.

This means that my breakfasts and lunches need to be prepared the night before or I’ll end up noshing on cheese curls and gummy bears at 9 am – not that I’ve ever done such a thing.

When the lovely folks at Become A Better Baker asked me to create a back to school breakfast recipe, I knew I had to share my favorite meal for rushed, school day mornings.

Rolled oats are flavored with honey, pure maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice, then tossed with pecans and dried fruit to create a delectable breakfast. The intoxicating aroma and flavors of pumpkin pie spice are perfect for the upcoming, brisk fall mornings.

Homemade granola is perfect for munching on straight from the jar, served with fresh fruit and a splash of low-fat milk or my personal favorite – homemade fruit and yogurt parfaits.

Simply package fresh fruit, granola and your favorite yogurt into reusable containers and mix them at your desk or in the lunchroom for a satisfying, delicious breakfast or lunch.

Be sure to join Become A Better Baker on Facebook for more back to school ideas, tips and fantastic recipes.

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Pumpkin Pie Granola

August 20th, 2012

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup shredded coconut such as Durkee Flaked Coconut
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine oats, pecans and coconut; set aside.

2. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, oil, honey, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.

3. Pour over oat mixture; stir to coat. Spread in a large shallow baking pan.

4. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool.

5. Add raisins and dried cranberries. Store in an airtight container.

Notes:

- You can use any combination of dried fruit in this granola. Dried cherries, bluberries and dates are a fantastic addition.

DISCLOSURE

This is a sponsored post written by My Baking Addiction on behalf of Become A Better Baker™. The views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are purely my own.


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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies August 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I’m the first to admit that I love Fall. Autumn is my favorite season. I met my husband in Fall, we married in Fall, and pretty much everything good that’s ever happened to me has happened in Autumnal months. I’m super stoked to see this granola this morning. I’m ready!

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Lori August 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I can hardly wait to try this; it looks so wonderfully yummy:-) First day of school here today, too.

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Meri Kate August 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

This looks so yummy! I love anything to do with pumpkin spice. Fall foods are just the best. I can’t wait to try this! :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I have been craving pumpkin like crazy the last few weeks and this just looks toooooo good!

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Becky @ Becky Bakes August 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Looks delicious! I’m with Amber…I LOVE fall. But I can totally understand the wanting to sleep in too! I’m sure you’ll get back into the swing of things quickly:-)

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fabiola@notjustbaked August 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

This seriously cracks me up, only because this is my boyfriend!!! To a T:). He cannot talk for a couple of hours, if he does, don’t make it serious or expect him to remember. Snooze is his best friend, I want to kindly murder it every morning. But the best part, he hasn’t had to go to a typical 9-5 job in 2 years, until last week. 6am snooze 10 times is my life again after 2 nice years, so this made me laugh. And I need make the coffee and all meals the day before or he will walk out like a zombie. This am I found the fridge not closed all the way, NOT JOKING, true story:). So long story, not short, I love this recipe, am making it now, so we have a simple breakfast for rushed mornings. Thank you.

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Tracy {Pale Yellow} August 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I go back to teaching in 2 weeks, I feel like summer just started! I completely understand about not wanting to get up in the morning. My go-to school year breakfast is also grab and go – a hard boiled egg and banana I can eat at my desk while I set up my room in the morning!

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Becca- cookie jar treats August 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Today was my first day of school too. But I’m not the teacher.

This granola looks so tasty and seems perfect for fall once it comes around. :)

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Tracy August 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

This is some gorgeous granola, and one of my favorite things to make in the fall. I’m so glad fall is almost here!

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Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana August 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I’m not a morning person either. My husband gets so frustrated with my snoozing habit, he figures if the alarm is going to go off, you should get out of bed, but I need a little time to warm up to the idea :)

Love pumpkin pie spice! I’m going to try and make this with pepitas!

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leslie August 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Uggggg> it has been sooo nice sleeping till 8:30 every morning durning the summer. Now my kids go back tomorrow and I have to wake up at 6:20 . Thats TWO HOURS AND TEN minutes LESS sleep I will be getting. THIS.DOES.NOT.MAKE.ME.HAPPY.
Everyone knows not to talk to me until after I have showered and had my coffee. So I hear ya sister!
Love the granola!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

This sounds unreal!

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

wow wow wow that recipe ROCKS! i love the pumpkin!! yum!

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Diana August 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

You had me at pumpkin pie spice! I was going to make granola this week but I can’t cave into fall flavors yet…I’ll enjoy my summer flavors for as long as I can. But this looks yummy come September :)

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Ann P. August 21, 2012 at 1:39 am

I love that you are gearing up for fall already with this granola!! :D I am so ready for the warm tastes of fall. :)

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SimplyBakes August 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

Omygosh this looks like the best breakfast! Fast and delicious:D Its perfect! PS. I am a person who has to set 15 alarms to wake up because out of 15, i will hit the snooze button for 10!

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Ali @ Gimme Some Oven August 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

Beautiful! This sounds perfect for autumn! :)

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

This screams fall and I’m completely welcoming it!

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sally @ sallys baking addiction August 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

everything, and i mean everyyyyyything i love, is in this granola! I am so excited for the fall this year – I can’t wait for pumpkin to overtake my kitchen. I have to start with a granola like this Jamie! I bet it would be fabulous with some vanilla greek yogurt :)

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Sara August 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

A pumpkin recipe already? Is it fall? :) I love pumpkin, so bring it on!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I love fall! It will be here before we know it :) This looks delish!

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Pat August 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Well, it’s 70′ here today with a light rain, pumpkin spice candles, a latte, great music and a wonderful found recipe! The brutal summers in Texas are too much for me and fall is my favorite season of all. Makes me energized and happy! I could have written the same description of me in the mornings ~ prefer not to talk (now it’s just me so that works!) and when working, I used 2 alarms and the snooze. I treasure waking up on my own in retirement. :)

Thanks so much for sharing this great granola recipe ~ will definitely try it!

Pat

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Arlene August 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Would coconut oil work? Looks delish!!!

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Jamie August 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Arlene-
I think coconut oil would be delicious – great idea. Thanks for stopping by.
-Jamie

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Molly Jo August 22, 2012 at 1:20 am

I am pinning this! I’m pretty sure this will be my new favorite morning recipe.

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TidyMom August 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

you crack me up! we are SO opposite! I’m usually up before my alarm! I’ve very much a morning person lol

Bring on fall! this granola looks incredible Jaimie!!

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Jen @ Savory Simple August 22, 2012 at 7:34 am

I’m definitely not a morning person. It definitely helped a bit to buy an iPod alarm. I wake up to very soft music, usually Air’s Alone in Kyoto, which slowly fades in so I’m not jerked awake. It really makes a difference! This is a great breakfast.

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Gretchen C August 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

Looks DELISH!! I can’t wait to try this!! Was wondeirng how long this will stay fresh in an air tight container? Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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Jamie August 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Gretchen-
I have mine for about a week and it’s still quite delicious. I think it’s losing a little of the crunch though, so I’m guessing about a week. I hope this helps.
-Jamie

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Rachel Cooks August 22, 2012 at 8:53 am

Looks fantastic! Love the cranberries in there.

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gina August 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Love the little jars you served the granola in…..would you mind sharing where they’re from??
Thank you! Looking forward to trying the recipe!

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Jamie August 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Gina-
The jars are the Mini Mold Jars by Weck. I hope this helps.
-Jamie

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Joan August 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Read this post and made the granola – so delicious! It was that kind of day. Used currants rather than raisins and left out the cranberries because sometimes they are too sour for me and yesterday was a “nothing sour” day. I had friends over for coffee and they each received a container of the granola, which they proceeded to not stop eating. Today it topped vanilla yogurt……

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Karla August 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm

This is SOOOO good!! Just made it….hope I don’t eat the whole thing *~*
perfect for the start of the school year!

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

This granola looks absolutely amazing, Jamie! I was just thinking about doing some pumpkin baking today. This may be the perfect place to start.

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marla August 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post tomorrow.

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Jamie August 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Thanks, Marla!

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Bellenza Bistro August 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

This looks absolutely delicious! Wouldn’t it make a fantastic favor idea for a country-themed wedding this fall?

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Cheryl September 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I couldn’t wait to make this and I wasn’t disappointed! Delicious!

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Jamie September 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Cheryl-
I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the pumpkin pie granola – thanks for coming back and letting us know the recipe was a success in your kitchen! Have a great day.
-Jamie

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Lauren September 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Utterly delish.

I wonder if it’d be good to do half honey, half molasses? Or a complete swap! And with pumpkin seeds…!

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Jamie September 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Lauren-
That sounds fantastic – if you give it a try, let me know!
-Jamie

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Kelly October 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I have made 4 double batches of this granola since first seeing it on your site about a month ago. It is just that good. I even converted my non-granola-loving bro-in-law with this recipe. I always have homemade granola in my pantry…and this is my new go-to recipe. Thanks!

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Jamie October 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Kelly-
I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe – thanks so much for leaving your feedback! Have a great day!
-Jamie

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Angela January 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

My new favorite granola recipe! I add canned pumpkin or a cooked sweet potato to the stove top mixture and you can’t taste it. Yum! Thanks for sharing it!

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Sam Chao October 15, 2013 at 3:18 am

Wow I will definitely try this recipe! Looks like a very delicious and healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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Jamie October 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

Sam-

Thank you so much! Please stop back and let us know how it turns out! Have a fantastic day!

-Jamie

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Suzanne Holt October 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

What a creative twist to regular granola. Thanks for adding versatility to my “Taste of Fall” board – pinned.

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Jamie October 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Suzanne-
Thanks so much for visiting!

-Jamie

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