Pumpkin Spice Granola
I have my dollar store fall leaf garland out so it is officially fall here in Arizona! Actually, today was the first day it was cool enough in the morning to leave my screen door open while I drank my coffee. That is a very exciting day for us after such a long hot summer. October 1st it was still 106 degrees for a high! 🙁 But we made it through, and I am excited to start hiking and spending more time outside again. Of course, as soon as it hits October, no matter what the temperature, my mind is racing trying to figure out what kinds of fall goodies to make first. I needed a hostess gift recently, and usually I think of pumpkin bread this time of year as everyone loves it. But then I saw a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Granola, and decided to try it. There is something about making granola that is so much fun. Maybe because it is so easy and quick to make for one thing, it smells wonderful while it is baking in the oven, and the result was delicious!
I actually made a couple batches. The first one I made with store bought pumpkin pie spice. I just was not happy with the result. I don’t know if their combination of spices just wasn’t what I like, or if my spices were too old or what, but I decided to make my own pumpkin pie spice, and it was so much better. This pumpkin pie spice smells just like pumpkin bread, and has to me, what is the perfect ratio of ingredients. Sometimes, if a blend is too heavy on the ginger, I don’t like it as well. It is just such a strong flavor. In this blend, all of the spices seem very well balanced.
The recipe for pumpkin pie spice below makes enough for 2 batches of granola so you can make one now and one later or just use it in another recipe that calls for that. Be sure to watch the granola carefully the last 5 minutes as it can go from toasty brown to burned very quickly, and sometimes cooks a little bit in the pan even after you take it out. Both of my batches were cooked just right after 25 minutes, stirring twice during baking.
I loved the texture of this granola. It wasn’t sticky at all. It also had a nice level of sweetness, not too much, and not too little. Sometimes when you buy store bought granola it can be overly sweet. One more thing that was nice about it was it has real pumpkin in it. So technically, you are getting a serving of vegetables when you eat this granola. 🙂 Well, maybe not a whole serving. But every little bit helps right? I hope you get a chance to make this. A vegetable, the yummy flavor of pumpkin spice, and a house that smells wonderful. What more could you want in a snack? Yay, fall! 🙂
Pumpkin Spice Granola
- 2 c old-fashioned oats
- 1 c raw pecan halves
- 1 c raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1 c sliced almonds
- 1/4 plus 1/8 c real maple syrup (no fake stuff)
- 1/4 c coconut oil, melted if it is in a solid state
- 1/4 c pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
- 1 Tbsp. homemade pumpkin pie spice (see recipe below)
- 1/4 tsp. real vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine oats, pepitas, pecans, and almonds in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt together until smooth. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the oats mixture, and toss until everything is evenly mixed.
- Spread the granola mixture out evenly on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and and stir. Place in oven for 5 more minutes and stir. Bake for 5 more minutes and remove from oven. The granola will be in the oven for a total of 25 minutes. Watch carefully the last 5 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove and let granola cool to room temperature.
- Place in a container and cover tightly. Can be stored for 2 weeks.
For the Pumpkin Pie Spice:
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- In a small bowl, stir all the spices together until thoroughly mixed.
- Makes enough for 2 batches of granola.
- Can be stored in a tightly covered container until needed.