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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


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! 


Ingredients

Scale

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!

 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: pumpkin spice granola, breakfast, grab and go snacks, oats, cereal, granola