Every time I make a new granola I’m like, “Okay this is my favorite granola!” But for real guys, this is my favorite granola. I love pumpkin, I could eat it everyday. Pumpkin Smoothies, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Pancakes, Spaghetti with Pumpkin Sauce (coming soon), you name it, I love it. So of course, a pumpkin granola is pretty much no contest against my other granolas as delicious as I find them.
Guys have you started making your own granola? You need to! It’s so much better than anything you’ll buy at the store and so easy. A batch can take 2 minutes to mix together and then you stick it in the oven for 1 hour. In the time it took you to read this first paragraph you could have made your granola foundation. Okay fine, maybe if you read really slow. Don’t make fun of people who read slow.
Baking time: 1 hour
3 cups oats (old fashion)
1/2 cup pumpkin
2 tbsp applesauce (no sugar added)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup pepitas (raw)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (raw)
1/2 cup pecans (chopped, raw)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tbsp flax seed
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 tbsp white sugar OR 1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
*instead of the spices you can just use 1-2 tsp of pumpkin/apple pie spice mix
*don’t add the flour or add less if you want more of a cereal/crumbly granola–that’s lame though
Preheat oven 300°
Mix all your dry ingredients together–oats, flax seed, nuts, flour.
In a pot over low heat mix your wet ingredients and your spices–pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup, water, spices, salt, brown sugar (if using).
If you’re adding the brown sugar add it here. If you want the white sugar, that’s for later. The amount of sugar you add is definitely a personal preference and also depends on the type of maple syrup you use. I used fancy schmancy syrup so I didn’t feel the need to add any extra sugar.
Mix until combined. Yeah you can do this not on a stove, but I feel like the little addition of heat in the beginning helps the flavor. Add your vanilla at the end of heating.
Pour your wet mixture into your dry. I always forget to mix my dry ingredients together before I do this because I make it pretty for you guys.
Mix until there are no dry oats. Mixture should clump in your hand without being too sticky.
Lightly grease a baking sheet and flatten your mixture. This is how flat mine is. I’m not bragging or nothing.
If you’ve decided to use the 1 tbsp of white sugar then sprinkle it on here.
If you’re using the maple syrup, brown sugar, AND white sugar you better check yourself before you wreck yourself…with diabeetus. Don’t let those Wilford Brimley commercials be in vain. Just kidding, do what you want.
Bake in a 300° for 1 hour. Mixture should be hard when you pull in out of the oven. If after 1 hour it’s not break apart into medium size chunks and redistribute around the sheet and bake for another 15-30 minutes.
Eat by itself or serve with some delicious Pumpkin Pancakes (coming soon)!