3 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
2/3 cup toasted oat bran
3 cups plain Cheerios
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup orange flower honey
1 cup Libby’s pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups chopped walnuts
Optional* 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Add in desire’s cups of dried fruits and nuts to the finished granola in an over sized bowl and stir until combined.
I used California Flavored Nuts brand Fruit Nut Mix that I found a Cardenas Supermarket.
Cook in 2 large greased pie pans, that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cook in the microwave, stirring every 3 minutes with a rubber scraper.
Don’t overcook, but just until most of the moisture is gone but not overbrowned.
Cool 15 minutes.
Stir cooked granola into a very large bowl and then add in however many cups you would like of the fruit and nut mixture and stir the next throughout.
After the granola is cooked in the microwave add however many cups of the CA Fruit and Nut Mix with pumpkin seeds, pineapple, walnuts that you like.
Avoid trail mixes with either banana chips yogurt covered raisins or chocolate chips.
*The trick to making granola that is crunchy with moist fruit is adding your fruits after the granola has been cooked.
Photos coming soon!
Variation: Banana Fruit Nut Granola-
This is the same exact recipe as the Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola except you simply replace the pumpkin with 2 mashed bananas.