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Pumpkin & Apple Butter Granola

It’s officially fall in Baltimore. There’s a nip in the air, the leaves are a beautiful shade of bright red orange, the sky is cloudy and gray, I’ve busted out my hoodies and North Face jacket, and I’m still in flip-flops. I know that last bit doesn’t make much sense, but, because of my foot injury, I’m unable to wear my very favorite fall accessory…riding boots.

I own an unhealthy amount of riding boots (unhealthy for my hubs wallet, that is). There are 5 pair of riding boots just sitting in my closet staring me down every morning, pleading to be worn. If riding boots could talk, they’d be saying, “Uh, hello, we’re your favorite fall accessory. Why aren’t you sliding us on over a pair of skinny jeans?” They’re tormenting me. Of course I want to wear them, but my toes scream every time I put them in a pair of shoes. I’ve been walking the earth looking homely for the past few weeks- sweat pants, t-shirts, flip flops, ball cap, and bed head. It’s not a pretty site, people. Now, don’t get me wrong, I heart me some sweat pants and t-shirts, but not every day.

Yesterday was my first day back to work, and you know what I wore…bedroom slippers. That’s right. I wore bedroom slippers to work. We have a strict no flip flop policy at work, so I had to resort to bedroom slippers. I should have slipped on a moo moo to complete the ensemble.

By the way, I made you guys pumpkin & apple butter granola. I’ve done far too much donut snacking, ice cream snacking, and pie snacking while I was out of commission, so I felt it was time to make and eat a healthy snack.

This granola is full of pecans, pumpkin seeds, oats, and golden raisins. All the stuff that’s great for your waist line and good for your heart.

This granola requires little effort to make, but takes a considerable amount of effort to keep your hands out of the granola jar. Every time I walk past the jar, I find myself sneaking a taste.

This granola is very different from my maple nut granola. I like both of them for very different reasons. This granola is a chewier granola. It’s chunkier, making it easier to pluck a pinch and pop it into your mouth. It’s great for snacking.

I also sprinkled it over greek yogurt and drizzled it with some honey for breakfast the other day. Delicious and filling.

Happy Snacking!

5.0 from 2 reviews

Pumpkin & Apple Butter Granola
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup apple butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and raisins. Stir to combine.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine pumpkin puree, maple syrup, apple butter, and brown sugar. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture over the oat mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until all the oats are evenly coated.
  5. Divide the granola between the two sheet pans and spread evenly.
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes, tossing with a spatula every 15-20 minutes, until the oats are golden brown.
  7. Place pans on a baking rack and cool completely.
  8. Break the mixture up with your hands and store in an airtight container.

 

 

 

   

16 Responses to “Pumpkin & Apple Butter Granola”

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    CCU — October 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Haha I am the same with shoe change during season ;)
    Now if only my decisions could be made while eating your gorgeous granola :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — October 25, 2012 at 7:37 am

    you poor babyyy! You had to wear slipped to work-although that actually sounds wonderful but you poor injured dear!

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    Kim@Treats &Trinkets — October 25, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Aww, sweetie. I’m sure your riding boots understand. And hey, you could always wear a housecoat over your work clothes to work as a joke. XD

    I keep saying I should try and make my own granola. I’m definitely starting with this!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — October 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Awe, you poor little injured thing. I completely sympathize. But look on the bright side, riding boots are appropriate from now until next spring. Yummy looking granola!!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — October 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

    This granola looks absolutely amazing! I love that it’s chewy – that’s how I like mine. Hope you get to wear your boots soon, Jennie! I love fall boots too!

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    Susan — October 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    This granola looks so good! I have a jar of apple butter in my pantry, and I don’t really like it straight up, so this is great use for it. Also, I feel your pain (no pun), I have history of foot injuries, including a 10-month stint in high school.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — October 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I hope your foot heals quickly! I love granola that has big chunks in it! This is great!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — October 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I too have a boot obsession. I hope your foot heals quickly so you can enjoy riding boot season! We are granola twins today! I made pumpkin pie granola. I love making different kinds of granola they make the house smell soooo good!

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    Laura Dembowski — October 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I totally have to try making granola; I’ve never had it before. Hopefully you’ll be back to your riding boots soon :) When I sprained my ankle a year ago, I was super stubborn and back to wearing high heels to an event a little more than a week later. Luckily I had almost no pain with it, though.

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    Meghan — October 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    This post made me crack up! I really hope your foot heals soon, you need to back into those boots!! Granola looks fab too & I love the pics!

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    Russell van Kraayenburg — October 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I love the ingredients in this granola! I could eat huge handfuls of this at a time. Yum!

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    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — October 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I hope your foot heals quickly! I’ve just made granola too.. must be the cooler weather:D

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Yay fall! :) I’m sorry you can’t wear your boots and I hope you your foot is better soon. I’ve never actually had boots. They just seem so uncomfortable!

    Anyway, this looks amazing and those pictures are gorgeous! I’ve never even considered combining pumpkin and apple together.

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — October 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    This granola looks fab! I’ve been eating less-than-healthy snacks lately, so i really need to get back into the healthy swing of things. This would be a great addition to my snacking arsenal!

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    Jen @JuanitasCocina — October 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I want to wear slippers to work just cause. I also want this granola. Because I KNOW you love granola.

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    shannon @ a periodic table — October 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

    you can’t wear your boots!!!! oh NO!!! i can sympathize; post-pregnancy (fall 2010) i couldn’t slip on my boots either. swelly ankles. i even bought a boot horn. didn’t work.
    thank goodness you made me a new granola to eat repeatedly! we were really getting sick of the old one (LIE: we will NEVER GET SICK OF THE OLD ONE and we love it as much as the first time we had it.) :)

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