A crunchy cinnamon granola loaded with nuts, oats, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries. SO MUCH better than store bought granola!
Keyword: cinnamon nut granola
Author: Sue Ringsdorf
1/2cuppumpkin seedscinnamon flavored
1/2cuppure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients - oatmeal, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, wheat bran, cinnamon, and salt.
In a small saucepan, combine all wet ingredients - maple syrup, canola oil, applesauce, honey, water, and vanilla. Bring to boiling and stir for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and pour over dry ingredients, stirring to coat.
Divide between two baking sheets, and spread in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Stay close to your oven during the last 15 minutes to prevent burning. Every oven is different, and you don't want to burn it!
Remove and let cool in pans. Add the dried cranberries and store in airtight container or freezer bag.
You can use all pecans or all walnuts, instead of 1/2 and 1/2.
You can also use all sunflower seeds or all pumpkin seeds.
Use old fashioned oatmeal, not the quick oats.
Stay close to the oven during the last 15 minutes of baking time, to prevent burning.
Granola will stay fresh on counter for several days.
It also freezes well for several months.
Calories are for approximately 1/2 cup of granola.