In honor of the first week of Fall, I’m bringing you guys this homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola! It’s sweet, crunchy & full of delicious pumpkin spice! Perfect served as a snack, with milk as a cereal, over yogurt with fruit, or even as a sweet treat to satisfy your sweet tooth! This granola is a delicious mix of oats, pecans and dried cranberries covered in a maple syrup sweetened pumpkin puree mixture and seasoned with pumpkin pie spice! It truly is the “Fall” version of granola!!
The great thing about homemade granola is that it is so easy to make and there are so many different flavor options! That’s one of the reasons why I love this variation so much is because it’s different than most granola variations you typically see.
Notes & Substitutions
This recipe is very basic, though some simple substitutions can easily be made to fit your style!
Old Fashioned Oats (aka Rolled Oats): You can substitute Quick Oats in this recipe and it should turn out just as good! The only difference is that it may have a little bit of a different consistency.
Maple Syrup: Here you can substitute any natural sticky sweetener- like honey or Agave!
Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil is always my favorite choice but really any oil will work here. You will want to make sure it’s a neutral flavored oil, like Grape Seed Oil or Avocado Oil.
Dried Cranberries: Dried fruit is a delicious complement to the pumpkin spice in this recipe! Some dried fruits that I think would be good are Dried Cherries, Dried Date pieces, and Dried Blueberries!
Pecans: Many different types of nuts and seeds that would be great substitutes in this recipe! Some of my suggestions are Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Hazelnuts and Macadamia Nuts.
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I would love to know what you think of this Pumpkin Spice Granola! Please share comments and pictures of how it turns out for you! Happy cooking, friends!
- ¼ cup Pumpkin Puree
- ⅓ cup Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- ¼ tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- ⅓ cup Dried Cranberries (can sub another dried fruit)
- ⅓ cup Pecans (can sub another nut or seed of choice)
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- On the stove or in a microwave safe bowl, heat the maple syrup, pumpkin puree and coconut oil until the oil is melted and it's a smooth mixture. Next, stir in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and sea salt.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, dried cranberries and pecans.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture over the oat mixture and stir until completely coated.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola mixture out on the pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring in between. You can tell the granola is done when the edges and tops of the granola look crispy and browned. Let cool before enjoying!!
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