Maple-Pumpkin Granola

There are things that I regret in my lifetime. Things that I wish I could go back in time and change. I wonder... how would my life be different now?

What if... what if, when I was a kid, I hadn't stolen from the grocery store? What if I had resisted that urge to eat sugar wafer cookies from the bin? What if I left the walnuts alone and hadn't stuck them in my pocket? I wouldn't have gotten scolded.

Or, that one time when I was youngin', what if I hadn't eaten so many Cheddar Bay Biscuits and popcorn shrimp at Red Lobster? I wouldn't have had to lie down in the booth and clutch my stomach.

There was this time in fifth grade, when I was painting my nails on the kitchen table, and spilled nail polish remover. If I had painted them in my room, I wouldn't have ruined the brand new kitchen table that my parents bought.

More recently, what if I hadn't worn those super slippery socks on Wednesday night? I wouldn't have slipped on the stairs and spilled coffee and pastries everywhere. I wouldn't have drenched my only pair of warm, fuzzy pants, and had to clean up the mess for twenty minutes.

The giant 2 lb. bag of gummy bears seemed like SUCH a good idea the other night. My thinking: "I love gummy bears! That's not too many at all!" What was I thinking? Gummy bears aren't that good. And they make you sick after eating twenty of them. If I hadn't bought that bag of gummy bears, I'd still like gummy bears. And I wouldn't be stuck with a 1 3/4 lb. bag of gummy bears.

BUT. The greatest regret in my life was my choice to watch an episode of Jersey Shore. Because now I'm hooked. BEST SHOW EVER! ;) I know who's getting the Emmy this year!

What's going to happen this Thursday on the two hour-episode? We know the gang goes to Atlantic City, but what other shenanigans will happen? Will Sammi Sweetheart and Ronnie have another fallout? Will the Situation avoid the grenades? Will Snooki get punched in the face, yet again? Ooooh. Can't wait.

I really don't feel like talking about granola, even though this granola was really good, and I LOVE granola. Just not in the mood. I created this granola recipe, because I was frustrated at how expensive granola can be in the stores. It's so much cheaper to make it at home, and you can control what goes into it - including fat and sugar.

This granola is low fat, and is made with pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, oats, pecans and raisins, and I threw in some chopped up dried apples and figs, too. You could add whatever nuts, spices, or dried fruit you had on hand.

Maple-Pumpkin Granola

1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup Grape Nuts
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup finely chopped dried apples
1/3 cup finely chopped dried figs, dates, or plums

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Coat a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together, pumpkin, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until combined; stir in oats, Grape Nuts and pecans until combined. Spread onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly crisp. Remove from oven and stir in raisins, apple and figs, and cool.


  1. I totally ruined my parents brand new coffee table doing the exact same thing when I was about 11 years old. I was pretty sure they were going to kill me. Fast forward 32 years and I'm still here.

    It is so easy to make a good granola, but I know sometimes it is just plum easier to get it at the store. Your's looks delish!

  2. Pimpkin granola is a new revolation Emily. I regret that I have no pumpkin puree in my cupboards and will have to go to the the cold and snow....

  3. yes, BEST SHOW EVER.
    Train wreck and i can't take my eyes off. Like, are these people for real??? I live in NJ and can say with certainty that Yes. They. Are.
    Love granola, posted last week about homemade granola bars..yummy!!

  4. I looove homemade granola and this one looks great! I'm actually spending my summer at the jersey shore haha just pray you don't see me on an episode...;)

  5. I've made lots of granolas but have never added anything like pumpkin to the mix. Sounds delicious. Love the addition of the Grape Nuts too. January is the month to think healthy and then we can get back to normal.

  6. *Fist pump* to this granola. Looks great!!

    (And I did the nail polish thing on a new wood table when I was around the same age. My stepdad still brings it up!)

  7. You may not have wanted to talk about the granola, but it sure looks fabulous. Now if I could just find canned pumpkin...

  8. Maple and pumpkin-Mmmmm! We all have fun stories from our childhood, thanks for sharing:)

  9. My kind of post, minus the reality TV serious. I don't know if I can follow another one. Is it like the Hills.

  10. If those are your only regrets, then your life is certainly a happy one.

    You're so right about the expense of granola! What's really dumb is the stuff that's supposedly made locally is $2.00 more than the national brands. So much for reducing your carbon footprint!

    I haven't watched Jersey Shore. I have to admit I'm curious. A NJ friend of mine once joked he wanted to write his own TV dram, "Baywatch: Point Pleasant". Sounds like MTV got ahead of him. Between this show and "Real Housewives" I'm not sure if normal people from NJ are proud or ashamed of all of the coverage their state is getting.

  11. Delicious, no words needed.

    Not to get too "deep", but as much as we wish we could change things we did, I feel that they all add up to who we are now, as difficult a concept as that may seem. There are things we learn from and situations we can pick apart to find better solutions. There can be a bit of good out of every situation, it just depends on looking at it from a learning point of view.

    And yeah, there are times when you think, "Why didn't I just move that cup so it wouldn't have spilled!" Those are best to just forget and listen to your instinct the next time.

  12. I don't know if it's cheaper for me to make my own granola...usually burn 2 or 3 batches before I get it right. Yours sound delicious Emily!

    Jersey Shore...I knew it. :)

  13. aaahh of my all time favorite comfort foods. I love the addition of the maple and pumpkin to this recipe. And you are right, granola in the store is way expensive. Plus homemade always just tastes better. Thanks for a great recipe!

  14. Haha - Jersey Shore is a freakin train wreck. You can't not watch. I predict another fall out between Sammi and Ronnie, Snookie will get herself into some sort of trouble where "she is not to blame" and The Situation will get dissed by more random girls.

  15. Wow, it's is looking GOOD around here. What every happened in the past, you are on the right track now, girl.

    Loving this granola. I need to make my own more often.

  16. Ha ha...I'm sorry that you fell down the stairs and that you are addicted to Jersey Shore! :) This granola sounds great. I bought some store granola last week and not only was it not cheap, but it's not very good. I bet your recipe is a lot better!

  17. That's kind of revolutionary to add pumpkin puree to granola. I think you are the first person EVER to do that.

    Frankly, I think spilling and wasting all that good coffee (and pastries!) is a thousand times worse than watching Jersey Whore, sorry!, Jersey Shore. Having to throw away good food definitely should come at the top of your list of regrets, especially if YOU made the pastries.

    I'm impressed that the kitchen table debacle has stayed with you all this time. It shows you have a conscience!

  18. I'm sad to admit Jersey Shore is one of my husband's favorite guilty pleasures as well! I watched 1 but I just couldn't lose anymore brain cells.

    Yum on the granola.

  19. sounds just like the one my friend makes! I love making granola at home :) (and you are right jersey shore is so bad it's good LOL... although all my summers at the shore looked nothing like that show LOL)

  20. I'd like to watch that show, but I usually watch TV with my husband and I'm pretty sure it would make his head explode.

  21. haven't watched that one... but now i might have to ;)

    great granola, i really gott make it myself!!

  22. I know this sounds pathetic but I am obsessed with your blog at the moment not just because all the recipes look really nice but because I get really excited about things like pumpkin puree and peanut butter in cookies and even granola because we dont really have those things in Englnd...your blog makes me want to go travel in the US sooo much. Also Jersey Shore hasn't even started here it like The Hills but in New Jersey?

  23. jersey shore is sweeping the nation, who wouldve guessed it'd become such a pop culture phenomenon? that granola looks great!

  24. GREAT granola girl! hahah so obsessed w. jersey shore..IT IS SO ENTERTAINING!

  25. holy schmoly, did you see the SNL skit mocking snookie? it was a weekend update thing, and you can watch it on hulu. awesome.

  26. Oh my, this sounds soooo good! I can't wait to try it. As soon as I'm not sick anymore I'm trying this first!

  27. Thanks everyone!

    Tamily, honestly, that was one of the most horrible experiences of my life. It was horrible!

    Hahah, Cookies and Cups. They are? No way...

    Jenny, I'll be watching for you.

    Lisa Gomes, I don't think so. Not that I watch the Hills or anything. Heh.

    Hahaha, Rachel I love you. Yes, any local or organic granola is crazy expensive.

    Aww, Christina! Excellent points. You are a wise woman.

    Sue, it was pretty bad. I cried over the lost pastries and coffee.

    Rubylou, you're so sweet! Stop by anytime! I don't think it's like the hills at all. But that's only my opinion.
    Hey, we could trade places for a day, okay?? I'd love to visit England.

    Meagan, aw man. I missed it! :(

  28. 1--I totally thought you were going to say you ate the whole 2 lbs. of gummis!
    2--I couldn't figure out where you were going with this.
    3--Jersey Shore, huh. Not Barney??
    4--Love the granola.

  29. I just wanted to let you know, I made your pumpkin granola yesterday and it was awesome!! I only put dates in mine cause thats all I had, and added some coconut. Thank you for the recipe!!!

  30. Hi Jessie,

    Glad you liked it! I wish I had added coconut to mine. Didn't have any. :( It sounds great. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

  31. MMMMM,...that is new to me,..pumpkin granola!! What a grand idea!!


  32. Your granola sounds great! I love that it has the pumpkin in it! Much better than store bought and that much fresher!