A little taste of autumn, enjoyed year round.
In a large bowl, toss 4 cups old-fashioned (large flake) oats; 1 cup chopped, flaked or slivered nuts (such as almond, walnuts or pecans); 1/4 cup seeds (such as pumpkin, sunflower, flax or sesame); 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional); 1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice; and a pinch of salt.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup each brown sugar, pumpkin purée and maple syrup or honey.
Pour over the oat mixture and stir to coat well.
Spread out on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake at 325˚F, stirring twice, for 30 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
Let cool completely, then add 1/2-1 cup dried fruit, if you like.