Easy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola
This pumpkin spice granola is my favorite breakfast treat! It’s packed with oats and pecans, sweetened with a little maple syrup and packs a fantastic amount of energy. Nutritionally, homemade granola is a great replacement for store-bought granola, and it just tastes so much better. You can store it in the refrigerator for weeks and take a little out every morning, use it in smoothies, or eat it for a quick snack! This granola pairs well with our pumpkin spice latte.
You Can Eat Granola So Many Ways!
There are so many uses for homemade granola. It’s such a great way to add a grainy, sugary flavor to a wide variety of dishes.
Personally, I eat this granola like cereal. With a splash of coconut milk, maybe add whatever blueberries or strawberries you have in the fridge, possibly some Greek yogurt, wow- it’s a an amazing start to my day!
Granola also works great with smoothies. Just toss in your normal smoothie ingredients, then add about a half cup of granola to give it additional texture and flavor. If you’re like my husband, and prefer to chew your smoothie, add in a cup or more!
Did I mention yogurt? This is also an easy addition to any yogurt. If you’re trying to pack in some pro-biotics with your protein, this is a super simple combination because granola will keep for 1-2 weeks.
Simple Granola Recipe
This recipe is so quick and easy! One batch makes about twenty-four quarter cup servings, so you can bake it once and eat a little at a time for the next few weeks.
Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees.
Mix together oats, chopped pecans, brown sugar or you can substitute coconut sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine pure pumpkin, coconut oil, and maple syrup.
The oil will try to separate from the pumpkin and syrup. This is ok. Just get it heated up enough and mixed together so that when you pour it over the dry mixture, it’s mostly together.
Mix together with a big spoon until all of the oats are covered.
Spread It Evenly
Your next step is to get a large cookie sheet and cover it with wax paper.
This is not a great picture of an even spread, because this is an “after shot.” But I would get the granola all spread out and mostly flat before I put it in the oven.
When it’s in the oven you want to keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. I take a spatula and turn the granola over in spots and pat it back down so it’s even again every ten minutes or so.
TBK’s Pro Tip:Keep an eye on your granola while it cooks. When it’s done, the oats should turn a few shades darker, and your granola will look crisp with the sugar and spices clinging to the oats.
Granola Makes a Great Fall Gift!
This recipe makes about a baker’s dozen worth of servings. You can fill up a mason jar and still have plenty left over. If you wrap the top of the jar with some fall foliage or raffia ribbon, it looks super cute! Pumpkin spice granola is also great to take to a neighbor or friend!
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Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together: oats, chopped pecans, brownsugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- In a small saucepan, combine coconut oil, maple syrup and purepumpkin. Stir until warm and well combined, (the coconut oil will try toseparate from the maple syrup).
- Pour wet mixture into the bowl and stir until all of the ingredients are well mixed.
- Cover a large cookie sheet pan with wax paper. Then spread the mixture evenly over the pan, creating as thin a layer as possible.
- Bakefor 30-40 minutes.
- Using caution, with a long spatula, flip the mixture over and re-spread every 5-10 minutes.