I really love crunchy granola on my morning yogurt but never came across a recipe I've liked until now. It's a keeper, I've already made it 3 times! It's crunchy and has the flavor of the holidays, pumpkin and cranberries. I got the recipe from a wonderful blog Sally's Baking Addiction. This time of year I always have some leftover pumpkin puree in the fridge because I love to make pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread and now pumpkin granola. It's baking in my oven right now and my home smells like the holidays!
3 and 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut (I used sweetened coconut)
2/3 cup pumpkin seeds (I like LOTS of nuts - 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup pecans (coarsely chopped) and 1/2 cup walnuts or almonds)
1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (this is an interesting addition, but adds crunch and it's good for you)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (100% pumpkin puree)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (coconut oil is solid until you melt it)
3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup dried cranberries ( I used 1 cup, also dried cherries work great)
UPDATE: The holiday is over but I will be making this granola all year long. It's absolutely perfect with my morning granola.