This recipe is a nice deviation from traditional recipes because it brings a little extra sweet flavor to your granola, which is perfect to celebrate the fall.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
5 cups
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Coat 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

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  • Combine brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, rolled oats, almonds, and pecans in a large bowl. Mix the applesauce, honey, and vanilla in a separate large bowl. Stir the oat mixture into the applesauce mixture, until granola begins to gather in clusters. Spoon granola evenly onto prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 20 minutes, until lightly browned and crispy, about 1 hour.

  • Remove from oven; cool to room temperature. Stir in raisins and cranberries; store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; protein 5.6g 11% DV; carbohydrates 55.9g 18% DV; fat 8.6g 13% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 6.1mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2010
I actually ended up changing this recipe a bit. I didn't have the proper pumpkin spice mix so I just added cinnamon ginger and nutmeg. Didn't have pecans so I used almonds. To make it more like pumpkin pie I used pumpkin puree instead of apple sauce. Found I had to bake it longer than the recipe showed but it continued to dry after I removed it from the oven. It has excellent pumpkin flavour with the puree in there and the whole family loved it. Will definitely make this time and time again! Don't be afraid to play around with the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2011
This is a pretty good recipe for a reduced fat granola. Love the pecans! Not the nut once commonly sees in granola. I use this granola on yogurt to make it more palatable - does the trick. Read More
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64 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2010
I actually ended up changing this recipe a bit. I didn't have the proper pumpkin spice mix so I just added cinnamon ginger and nutmeg. Didn't have pecans so I used almonds. To make it more like pumpkin pie I used pumpkin puree instead of apple sauce. Found I had to bake it longer than the recipe showed but it continued to dry after I removed it from the oven. It has excellent pumpkin flavour with the puree in there and the whole family loved it. Will definitely make this time and time again! Don't be afraid to play around with the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2009
One of our favorite granola recipes! I do bake at 300 instead of 250 and stir about every 10 min until lightly browned then it only takes about 40 minutes or so. One tip I've learned is granola gets crunchier after it cools! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/02/2009
This is very tasty granola! My little siblings were eating straight out of the pan; they love it! One change I made was to substitute canned pumpkin (mixed with 2 tbs. of milk) for the applesauce. I was really looking forward to making this because it sounds like such a unique and delicious recipe. I was a little disappointed however that it really didn't taste a whole lot like pumpkin pie. That is why I am giving it four stars. It is a very easy healthy and tasty granola though. Do not hesitate to try this! Just don't expect it to taste a whole lot like pumpkin pie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2010
It took all of my power to to rate this while I was cooking it. It made my apartment smell sooooo GOOD!! Smell aside this is a terrific granola recipe. This is the first time I've made granola so after browsing through all the other recipes I decided to try for this one since it didn't use oil. SO happy I did! I read the other reviews and decided to compromise with the oven at 275. It took a little longer to cook 1 hour 15 minutes but after letting it sit it became much more crunchy and I decided I may have overcooked it very slightly. I also used walnuts instead of pecans because that's what I had on hand. Added a few dashes of cinnamon as well. Other than that stayed true to the recipe and so glad I did. While it didn't really taste much like pumpkin pie the flavors worked so well together it didn't seem to matter! No more expensive store bought granola for me! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2011
I took larkspur's tip and used Trader Joe's pumpkin puree instead of applesauce. I did not use dried cranberries because I do not have any. This was so simple to make and it turned out fantastic! All three of us (my two sons and myself) thought this was one of the best granolas we've ever had. I made this early this morning and let it cool and we had it for breakfast an hour later so it was nice and fresh and crunchy. I have about a cup leftover that I stuck in Tupperware I'll update my review if it turns out that it's less not as good the next day. I don't think of pumpkin pie when I eat it but it does make me think of fall/winter. I'll make this again--next time I'll try this with applesauce and my homemade apple pie spice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2010
I was out of applesauce but had lots of fresh pureed pumpkin so used that in its place! And it gave more of a genuine pumpkin flavor to the granola. I was also out of the dried cranberries so subbed in golden raisins which worked fine. Good stuff esp during the Christmas season! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2009
Follwed this recipe exactly crunchy when I made it last night....but softer today....it lost its crunch....flavor is good though...I may even add more cinnamon next time. This is a good recipe and I love the applesauce factor in this vs. oil that most granola recipes call for. I will try this again add cinnamon and maybe bake at a higher temp. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2010
Excellent recipe! I didn't have regular oats and I ended up using quick-cooking. They didn't get crunchy like the recipe name suggests but the flavors were awesome! Very good on top of yogurt very good plain as a snack! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2009
I may never buy store bought granola again! This is a great recipe & I love how easy it was to make. Instead of regular applesauce I used the cinnamon stuff because that is what we had. Baked this at 300 degrees on the convection setting for 1 hour & it came out just right. LOVE the flavors!!! Yeah it doesn't really taste like pumpkin pie but it is still sooo good. It smells awesome while it is baking too! For my own personal preferance I think next time I will skip on the cranberries & add just up the raisins but that is just to suite my own personal taste. Thanks bg for such a great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2011
This is a pretty good recipe for a reduced fat granola. Love the pecans! Not the nut once commonly sees in granola. I use this granola on yogurt to make it more palatable - does the trick. Read More
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