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overhead view of a speckled white coffee cup resting on its side with pumpkin & spice granola spilling onto a vintage wooden board a fresh pear stands upright next to the cup and a vintage metal spoon with a walnut resting in it is in the top right of the frame a beige linen cloth rests in the bottom right corner

Pumpkin & Spice Granola


  • Author: Heidi Clark
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

Pumpkin & Spice Granola is a cozy way to start the day! Whole grain oats are combined with warm cinnamon, rich walnuts, crunchy pumpkin seeds, creamy pumpkin purée, and real maple syrup! The perfect not-too-sweet way to start the day! 


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Ingredients

4 c. rolled oats {regular, not quick-cooking}

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp. sea salt

1 cup walnuts, whole or chopped

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2/3 c. maple syrup {the real stuff, please!}

4 Tbsp. butter

2/3 c. pumpkin purée {not pumpkin pie filling}

1 tsp. vanilla extract

optional add-ins:

dried cranberries

mini chocolate chips

chopped dried figs


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325°.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, sugar, salt, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the maple syrup,  pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Pour the pumpkin mixture over the oats, and stir until the oats are coated thoroughly.  Divide the oats evenly between the two cookie sheets.  Spread the pumpkin-coated oats into a thin layer. 

Place the uncooked granola in the oven for 40-50 minutes. Stir the oats every 10 minutes during the bake time so the granola dries evenly.  When the granola feels almost completely dry, and firm, it’s done!  The granola will get crunchy as it cools.

When the granola is completely cool, sprinkle the optional add-ins over the trays.  Transfer the granola to a large glass storage jar. The granola will stay fresh for two weeks {if it lasts that long!}


Notes

I love the walnuts left whole for this recipe but, if you prefer chopped nuts that’s cool too!

Please don’t use artificially flavored pancake syrup! Your tastebuds will thank you, if you splurge for the real thing!

 

  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: pumpkin spice granola breakfast snacks