Pumpkin Spiced Granola is a crunchy, morish treat you’ll not only sprinkle on your yogurt but you’ll want to nosh on all day long. Spiced with those quintessential fall spices, orange-hued from pumpkin, this will be your morning staple, all autumn long.
Are you ready for PUMPKIN?!?!
I think you are! Especially after last week’s Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts. You totally died after those, right?
Well, I have some yummy pumpkiny delights coming your way!
This weekend. I’m exhausted. This weekend was one of those weekends where I had HUGE plans to get stuff done…and I’m pretty sure I got nothing done. I wanted to paint our office or our room. I wanted to hang pictures, gallery-wall style. I wanted to install a cork wall in the office. I wanted to build planter boxes and start a garden…
We fought over paint. His argument: there’s no need. Mine: it’s pretty and fun.
We went to several plant stores…and bought nothing.
We went to Lowe’s…and didn’t find the wall stuff we needed.
We laid out picture frames…and didn’t hang them…and realized that most of them are empty and I need to actually order pictures.
I did eleventy billion rounds of dishes.
I swept the floor. He watered the lawn. We put felt pads under the furniture corners.
Yup, that’s about it. So…nothing.
Except all of those dishes. Because I made you tons of pumpkin stuff. See, its all for you. You’re welcome.
Let’s start with Pumpkin Spiced Granola! Because I could honestly munch on granola all day long. And when it’s sweet from pumpkin and tastes like fall because of cinnamon and allspice, it’s the best munchy ever [I regret saying munchy]. (note: it was 90 degrees this weekend…I’m forcing Fall)
I’ll give you some granola cluster tricks here!
1. When you go in to stir your granola half-way through your baking time (and add the other batch of spices), use a spatula and carefully turn it, don’t just stir it around, or you’ll break up your clusters.
2. Let it cool in the oven as the oven cools. This creates extra crispy granola, and when you pull it out and pour it into a container, it’ll be very clustery. If you pull it out of the oven straight away, pour it into a bowl to cool, it’ll break all of the clusters. Sad panda.
AND here’s an IMPORTANT tip: reserve some of your granola right away! Put it aside. Totally aside. Because I have another recipe for you that calls for this granola (maybe ½ cup to be safe) and if you eat it all right away, you’ll regret it later. Just saying.
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup flaked coconut (unsweetened)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 Tbs. chia seeds
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- 1 cup nuts (I used cashews and walnuts)
- ¼ cup maple sugar (or coconut sugar or raw sugar)
- 1 Tbs. maple syrup
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 3 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 tsp.
- ½ tsp. allspice + ½ tsp.
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg + ¼ tsp.
- ¼ tsp. cloves + ¼ tsp.
- Preheat your oven to 325 deg F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with nonstick spray (I use coconut oil spray).
- In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients (pumpkin, oil, vanilla) and the spices (just the first round, not the "+").
- In a small bowl, combine all of the "+" spices and set aside. This will be used later.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until completely combined and everything is moistened (sorry, had to do it). Pour your granola onto your prepared pan. Spread out into an even layer, but keep it around 1/2" thick, which will ensure you get clusters.
- Bake granola for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven, sprinkle the rest of the spices over the granola, use a spatula to carefully turn it over in sections. Bake for an additional 15 min. Turn off the oven and let it all cool, with the granola in the oven, for at least 1 hour (don't forget it's in there!!).
- Pull your granola out of the oven. If it isn't completely cooled, let it finish cooling on the counter. Place the granola in an airtight container and enjoy it as you please!
- I found maple sugar at Trader Joe's.
- Keep your cooled granola in an airtight container on the counter or in the pantry for up to 2 weeks.