As the crisp air and vibrant colors of autumn settle in, it's time to embrace the flavors that define the season. Nothing captures the essence of fall quite like the rich aroma of pumpkin spice. Imagine waking up to the comforting scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves swirling through your kitchen. This Pumpkin Spice Granola recipe brings together the best of this beloved seasonal spice blend with a wholesome medley of ingredients that will nourish both your body and your soul.
Homemade pumpkin granola
Granola is the perfect breakfast to start your day.
It's easy to make and very satisfying with yogurt or milk (like cereal). I like to make homemade granola instead of buying it so I know exactly what's in it.
This time I am sharing a granola recipe that’s perfect for the fall season with pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin spice too.
The base for this recipe is my regular homemade granola recipe, I like to use it all year round and change flavors from time to time for a fresh taste.
I used pecan nuts that are also known as a fall classic flavor along with the maple syrup and the pumpkin. You can add almonds or walnuts if you want. Any type of seeds or nuts works with this recipe. If you prefer you can also switch the maple syrup to honey in the same quantity.
In this recipe, I used pure pumpkin puree and not pie filling as it contains sugar and other ingredients. Pumpkin is healthy and full of iron, folate, and vitamins. In this recipe, we also use pumpkin seeds and pumpkin spice for the full fall flavor.
To make the granola sweet, I used ½ cup maple syrup and ¼ cup Silan (date syrup). You can omit the Silan and use just ¾ cup maple syrup if you prefer. The maple syrup fits the pecan nuts in the recipe.
I used homemade pumpkin spice that I make myself. If you don’t want to bother with making your own then just use a store-bought pumpkin spice mix or add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice in any quantity that you like. Other spices you like can be added too.
The process of making this delicious pumpkin granola is very simple and quick. Mix all ingredients well in a bowl and transfer to a baking pan lined with baking paper. Make sure to spread the granola all over the pan so it bakes evenly.
Actually baking this pumpkin granola takes the longest as it takes 45-50 minutes. I like to mix the granola in the pan after 15 minutes of baking.
Pay attention after 30 minutes of baking, if it starts burning, cover the pan with tin foil, you want the granola to be dry and not mushy. Sometimes it takes longer to get it. The recipe is extra moist because we use pumpkin puree so it takes more time to dry it out. I like my granola crunchy and not soggy. Each oven works differently and sometimes, like in my oven, the pecan nuts tend to burn quickly. So it's better to cover the pan after they are roasted to avoid burning them.
This pumpkin granola is gluten free as long as you use gluten free certified oats.
It can fit as an afternoon snack too but I mainly have it for breakfast. This pumpkin granola is also free of refined sugar since we only use maple syrup and Silan to sweeten it. It has the perfect pumpkin flavor that fits the autumn season and will satisfy your chilly mornings with a crunchy bite.
Tips for Perfect Pumpkin Spice Granola
Choose Quality Ingredients
Opt for high-quality ingredients, such as pure pumpkin puree and real maple syrup. These ingredients will provide authentic flavors and a satisfying texture to your granola.
Customize Your Nuts and Seeds
Feel free to experiment with different nuts and seeds based on your preferences. Almonds, walnuts, or even chia seeds can add an extra layer of nutrition and flavor.
Even Coating is Key
When mixing the wet ingredients with the dry ones, make sure each oat, nut, and seed is evenly coated. This ensures that every bite bursts with the delightful flavors of pumpkin spice, maple syrup, and more.
Don't Overcrowd the Pan
When spreading the batter on the baking pan, make sure it's evenly distributed without overcrowding. This allows for proper airflow during baking, resulting in a crunchier texture.
Baking Time and Temperature
Keep a close eye on your granola as it bakes. Oven temperatures can vary, so it's a good idea to start checking for doneness around the 40-minute mark. You're looking for a golden-brown color and a crisp texture.
Stirring for Even Baking
Gently stir the granola halfway through the baking time. This helps ensure that it bakes evenly and doesn't burn on the edges.
Allow the granola to cool completely on the baking pan before transferring it to an airtight container. This will help it crisp up further and prevent moisture from causing it to become soggy.
Enhance with Dried Fruit
After the granola has cooled, you can add a burst of sweetness and chewiness by mixing in dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, or dried apricots.
To keep your Pumpkin Spice Granola fresh and crunchy, store it in an airtight container at room temperature. This will maintain its flavors and texture for days, ensuring you can enjoy the fall-inspired goodness anytime.
Other granola recipes on my blog:
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Bake this pumpkin spice granola today!
As the morning sun filters through your windows, serve yourself a generous bowl of this Pumpkin Spice Granola. It's more than just breakfast; it's an invitation to savor the season, to embrace the joys of fall, and to start your day with a heartwarming smile.
Pumpkin Spice Granola
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup Silan (date syrup)
- 4 cups rolled oats
- ⅓ cup pecan nuts
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
- Set the oven to 170°C/ 325°F with the fan.
- In a bowl, mix all ingredients and make sure all are coated with the maple syrup and other wet ingredients.
- Pour the batter into a baking pan lined with baking paper. Flatten the granola on the pan to bake it evenly.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes. After 15 minutes mix the granola in the pan and flatten again. After 30 minutes check if it needs to be covered with tin foil to avoid burning.
- Cool at room temperature.
- Serve and good morning!