Spiced Pumpkin Granola with Cashews and Cranberries

Happy December, my friends!

Throughout the coming month, I am going to be posting some homemade gift ideas…tasty treats (and maybe some diy body products) you can make in larger batches to give your friends and loved ones. I’m sharing these ideas because there’s no place I’d rather be during the holiday season than in my kitchen creating healthy, eco-friendly gifts…and I imagine some of you feel the same :)

Let’s start with this Spiced Pumpkin Granola.

Pumpkin granola | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Homemade granola makes a great gift: it’s much healthier and tastier than what you can buy in the store. It keeps well so can be made in advance, and you can play with the packaging to vary the presentation. I like to put granola in Mason jars because they can be re-used by the recipient, but cellophane gift bags are widely available and look lovely, as well (especially when embellished with pretty ribbons).

This particular granola, with the warming spices, the subtle pumpkin flavor, and the festive dried cranberries, is perfect for the season. I packed mine into wide-mouth 1 pint jars (about 4 servings). You could use larger jars, if you like, but I prefer to give the smaller amount along with other goodies like jams I made over the summer, and small packages of homemade dark chocolate bark or toffee.

pumpkin cashew granola | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

I was inspired to add pumpkin to this granola because I’ve got tons of organic canned pumpkin in my pantry (for some reason I bought 1-2 cans every time I went to the store in November), but if you don’t have any on hand or don’t care for pumpkin, you can certainly try one of my other granola recipes (here’s one and here’s another). If using one of the other recipes, make sure to scale it up so you’ll have a big enough batch for gift giving purposes. The batch you see here started with 8 cups of oats and ended up yielding about 14 cups of granola (enough to give 7 2-cup sized gifts), so use that for reference. If you want an even bigger batch for gifts, you can double this recipe; it’s not really any more work…just make sure you have a large enough mixing bowl to stir everything together.

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Spiced Pumpkin Granola with Cashews and Cranberries

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • *8 cups organic rolled not instant oats (use certified gluten-free oats if you must avoid gluten)
  • *1 can/15 oz. organic pumpkin
  • *1 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews, roughly chopped (or use walnuts or pecans)
  • *3/4 cup raw hemp seeds available at natural foods stores; use a differed type of nut or seed if you can't find them
  • *1 scant tablespoon fine sea salt
  • *2 tablespoons ground cinnamon I used McCormick brand Roasted Saigon Cinnamon
  • *1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • *1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • *1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • *1/2 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil (warmed so it's liquid, if necessary), or use olive oil
  • *1/4 cup organic butter melted (you could use additional oil instead, if you like)
  • *1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • *1/2 cup organic sugar
  • *1 cup dried cranberries all-natural, if possible

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • 2. Mix all ingredients except dried cranberries in a very large bowl. Use clean hands to make sure the oats, nuts, and seeds are coated with the pumpkin, spices, oil/butter, and sweeteners.
  • 3. Spread the granola evenly over the two pans. Pack it together and press it down evenly with a wooden spoon or your hands.
  • 4. Bake for 45 minutes-1 hour, breaking the granola up and stirring it around once or twice as it cooks, or until the granola is golden brown and done to your liking (strangely, one pan took 20 minutes longer to finish baking than the other). Allow to cool slightly, then mix in the dried cranberries. You can store in an airtight container at room temperature for several weeks; place in the refrigerator or freezer for longer term storage.

39 thoughts on “Spiced Pumpkin Granola with Cashews and Cranberries”

  1. I have a pantry full of pumpkin, too – this will be perfect for it. I’m planning lots of gifts from my kitchen this year and granola is on the list. I look forward to the other gift ideas you share!

  2. So glad I stumbled upon your post! In a week my friends and I are hosting a holiday dinner/shopping party. Think 3 course meal, games, fun and then opening up some rooms for shopping with our homemade gifts. I recently published my own cookbook so I’ll be selling that, but also some baked goods, along with granola. I LOVE how you packaged it in mason jars! I have tons of them left over from making jam this summer. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  3. I actually had to stop myself from immediately starting my oven just now. This would make a beautiful gift, and the flavors look amazing. Coconut oil AND butter have got me too. Ok, maybe I will make up a batch. I just made 4 quarts of granola, but this one may need to take precedence!

  4. Winnie, this looks so delicious. Love the addition of pumpkin.

    Separately, since you combine working out, healthy eating, and healthy cooking, I’m wondering if you have developed your own recipe for a protein bar. If so, I’d love to know about it and try it. Thanks.

  5. This recipe looks great as do your other two. Now I have to decide which one to make! Really looking forward to all your upcoming gift idea posts.

  6. Winnie, I really like this recipe! I love granola and usually like to make it with buckwheat groats. I can’t wait to try this version with pumpkin and rolled oats. As a holistic chef I am always looking for healthy and delicious recipes, so thanks for sharing :)

  7. I would write a long comment about how I have finally found the website I’ve been looking for but I’m too busy printing out all of your recipes and putting my shopping list together.

    So…what are you going to do to rid yourself of the Sardine repeat?

  8. “About 4 servings” Not in my world! I could eat that whole jar by myself….LOL Also, if you have a Trader Joe’s near you they have Pumpkin Butter that would be marvelous.

  9. I love giving gifts in mason jars for the same reason, in fact, I like receiving gifts in mason jars for that reason too :) Your pumpkin granola looks perfect!

  10. Yum!!! Must make. Do you think it would work without the sugar. Or replace the sugar with date sugar or some other type of syrup or honey? I am trying to take plain sugar out of my diet. Thanks.

  11. I just happened to make a batch of this last week and wanted to remind everyone how fabulous it is…YUM!

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  14. Made this tonight, and it’s fantastic! I’m worried that I’m going to eat it all before I have the chance to package it up and gift it out. Didn’t have cashews, but I had a ton of almonds, so I chopped those roughly and used them instead. Great recipe, and lovely homemade gift idea – thank you! Happy holidays! :)

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