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Pumpkin Spice Granola

A deliciously crunchy granola with classic Fall flavors of pumpkin pie spice, adapted from the recipe on Minimalist Baker.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: granola, maple syrup, pecans, pepitas, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, rolled oats, walnuts
Servings: 18
Author: Nicole Coudal

Ingredients

  • 3 c. Whole, rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 c. Nuts, roughly chopped (walnuts, pecans or almonds work well)
  • 1/3 c. Raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 3 Tb. Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice (alt: see Notes for homemade version). Add more if you really like pumpkin spice!
  • 1/4 c. Olive oil (alt: coconut or vegetable oil)
  • 1/3 c. Pure maple syrup (alt: honey or agave)
  • 1/3 c. Pure pumpkin puree (not pie mix)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 340 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add oats, nuts, seeds, dry spices, sugar and salt; stir to combine.
  • In a small pan over low heat, add oil, maple syrup and pumpkin puree; whisk to combine. Once warm, pour it over the dry ingredients and mix with a sturdy spoon (work quickly because it cools quickly).
  • Transfer equal amounts of the mixture to each baking sheet.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes. Rotate the pans halfway during the cooking time. Remove from oven when nicely browned but not burned; allow to cool on baking sheets so it gets crispy.
  • When thoroughly cool, transfer granola to a lidded container and enjoy!

Notes

If using walnuts in this recipe, check the granola around 15-18 minutes to ensure they're not burning -- walnuts tend to heat faster than pecans or almonds :) 
Homemade pumpkin pie spice: 3 Tb. ground cinnamon, 2 tsp. ground nutmeg, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 1 tsp. allspice, 1 tsp. ground cloves.  Mix together and keep in a lidded container.