Homemade Pumpkin Granola

pumpkin granola

Since we are in full swing in fall celebrating pumpkin recipes, let me share my latest breakfast obsession: pumpkin granola. It’s so easy with microwave prep and looks gourmet when you’re finished. It’s my basic granola recipe with the switch to pumpkin pie spice and the additiion of pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Oh how I love fall! I’ve been driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway to feel like I’m in a picture. Can anyone relate? I’m so blessed to live in the mountains!

I hope you enjoy this taste of fall as much as we do. We eat it straight up by the handful, with milk in a bowl, on top of homemade yogurt and it’s so pretty I’m giving away a small jar for a birthday present ;)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup honey {add honey until the liquid reaches 1 cup}
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. store-bought or homemade pumpkin pie spice
  • 7 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds {I use raw, unsalted}
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup.
  2. Heat on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Watch it so it does not boil over.
  3. Stir in pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Carefully pour hot mixture over oats in a large mixing bowl {I prefer my Kitchen Aid bowl}
  5. Stir until well coated. {I use my paddle attachment and mix untilcoated}
  6. Spread oats on a 9×13 pan lined with non-stick silpat or parchment paper. {I use a silpat mat which I love}
  7. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  8. Turn oven off and allow to sit in oven over night.
  9. Cool completely and stir in seeds and cranberries.

Tips: OR bake the full 30 minutes and allow to cool before consumption. Don’t stir if you like your granola clumpy.

How do you enjoy your granola?

This recipe is linked to Rattlebridge Farm

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Comments

  1. Sara Simpson says:

    Hi Jackie! We’ve been enjoying your granola recipe for several months now- I can’t wait to try it with pumpkin pie spice. I had already been adding pumpkin seeds, and it is fine to add them before baking. Question: do you ever find your granola to be overdone after leaving it overnight? Mine is looking like that, but only sometimes. (It looks fine when I turn the oven off.) The fact that the results are inconsistent makes me wonder if it has to do with the sugar content of the honey or something- you know, when honey gets old and gunky? Just wondering…

    • Sara, try turning your oven down by 25 degrees and see if that helps with over browning. Otherwise, you can just lightly brown it for the full 30 minutes and then remove so you don’t have to worry about it getting to dark. I agree, it could be different types of honey. I bake the seeds when I remember or add later because I have finicky kids. Happy baking!

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