I love pumpkin. Yes, I know at this time of year this is not an earth-shatteringly original proclamation. Right now you can find pumpkin flavored just about anything. I get it. I’m totally following the crowd right now, but I wanted some damn pumpkin flavored granola. Sue me.
This recipe is beyond easy and makes a delicious breakfast when paired with some honey vanilla greek yogurt. mmmmm tastes like fall.
Gather your ingredients:
4 cup oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup flaxseed <– this shit is seriously legit. it’s an awesome addition to granola, loaded with omega-3 business, fiber & antioxidants
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice mix*
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup canola oil (don’t use olive oil)
¼ cup honey
1/3-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 or 2 squirts of vanilla
*Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
3 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp nutmeg
1 ½ allspice
1 ½ cloves
Mix up the dries in a large bowl. Make sure there are no brown sugar clumps and everything is fully integrated.
Now mix up your wets in a small bowl (I just used my 4 cup pyrex for pouring ease).
Pour your wets into your dries and thoroughly mix until all the dries are coated evenly. Put the spoon or spatula down and get in there with your hands. It’ll be messy and sticky, but it works better. Trust me. It’s fun.
Divide up into two 9×13 pans or baking sheets.
I used the 9×13 pans because it doesn’t make as big of a mess when tossing. It doesn’t really matter, as long as you have a nice thin layer of granola on the pan so it gets nice and crispy.
Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes, tossing every 5-7 minutes. The tossing is important because if you don’t, you’ll end up with granola bars.
I’ve been learning Photoshop, can you tell? ha
Anyway, after 20 minutes, take your granola out of the oven. It might not feel super crispy, but as it sits it’ll crisp up. Wait til it cools to put it in a jar or bag or whatever you’re using to store it (I used an empty oats container). If you don’t, the remaining steam will make your granola soft and soggy.