Seasonal Home Cooking

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

It is Fall, which means it’s pumpkin season. Maybe that should be capitalized, because it’s a thing…and since I am basic, enter Pumpkin Spice Granola. I can’t make promises about much, but I can promise you that your house will smell like Fall when you make this and you can become basic like the rest of us 🙂

Granola is one of my favorite things to make. It is very easy, it can be made in one bowl (less dishes are always a good thing), it’s a forgiving recipe, it can be made in a variety of ways and it’s healthy. I typically make mine with almonds and dried cherries, but I wanted to have a granola recipe for each season. Hence, Pumpkin Spice Granola because…Fall, basic like we said. The one thing that is really nice about having a base recipe that can be changed based on the season is that you never get tired of it. I hope you enjoy!!

 

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup raw pepitas

1/2 cup raw pecans

1/4 cup of ground flaxseed

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup of pumpkin puree

1/4 cup of canola, or sunflower oil

1/3 cup of pure maple syrup

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

1/8 tsp cloves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl place oats, cranberries, pepitas, pecans, and ground flaxseed, stir.
  3. In a smaller mixing bowl place pumpkin puree, oil, sugar, maple syrup and all spices, mix until well combined.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, place wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir well. Make sure all the oats and nuts look wet.
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Spread out the granola evenly and press into the sheet lightly.
  6. Bake granola for 20 minutes, the oats and nuts will become lightly fragrant and toasted. (This is when you become basic.)
  7. Allow the granola to cool on baking sheet. After cooling place and store in plastic bag or lidded container. You can also freeze the granola and when ready to use, just allow it to defrost at room temperature.

* Note: The granola will not look crisp when it comes out of the oven. This will happen as it cools, so do not worry if it doesn’t look that way at first.