Granola is an all around perfect, healthy snack. It’s crunchy and sweet and is great mixed with fruit and yogurt, tossed in a baggy and have in your purse or desk at the office if you need a snack or just simply with a splash of milk.
If you ever pass a bag of granola at the grocery store you may be shocked at how expensive it is and if you go for the gourmet granola it’s even more.
Making your own granola is not only easy but so much cheaper. You can make a batch of fresh, homemade granola that will last you all week long, maybe more. Granola also makes a lovely hostess gift or for the holidays placed in a mason jar and topped with a ribbon.
No matter if you are making it for yourself or to give as a gift, it is sure to be enjoyed.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil a large baking sheet with Smart Balance Omega Non-Stick Cooking Spray and set aside.
In a large bowl combine rolled oats, walnuts or pecans and flax seed.
In a medium bowl add peanut butter, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, oil, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Stir until blended. Pour mixture over rolled oats and gently stir until well combined.
Spread mixture on prepared baking pan and bake on center rack in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. Gently stir mixture and continue to bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Store in an airtight container.
Disclosure- I was invited by Smart Balance to participate in the Recipe Challenge. I was provided a sample of Smart Balance to try. I was not compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own. Visit Smart Balance Recipe Challenge for official contest rules.