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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

This pumpkin spice granola is the perfect way to start your day this fall. Use it to top off your favorite yogurt, as a breakfast cereal with a little fresh fruit, or even as an afternoon pick me up on a beautiful fall hike.

Pumpkin spice everything shirt

Awww yeah…it’s the time of year again.  Pumpkin spice season! Yes, be prepared to see pumpkin spice goodies plastered over every shelf in the stores if you have not already.  If you are a pumpkin spice fan like myself, this is a GREAT thing, and if you’re not…well then I apologize in advance.  Cause I can feel the pumpkin craze stirring in me already.

I saw this shirt at the local Target the other day and it made me giddy.  Yep, it made my noggin go full into pumpkin spice mode. This Pumpkin Spice Granola is my first play at pumpkin spicing it up this year.

Being an Austinite for many years now you’d think I’d be all granola all the time, but not so much.  Why?  Because many people with Celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities/intolerances have tummies that feel big yuck from oats.  Yep, even the gluten free kind.

The good news is you don’t need no stinking oats to make yourself some yummy homemade granola.  This Pumpkin Spice Granola is made with pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts, and has the same crunchy texture you’d expect from regular ol’ granola.  You won’t miss the oats one little bit.

Ingredients:pumpkin spice granola with yogurt and bananas

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup pecans

1 cup walnuts

3 tbsp. coconut oil

3 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts in food processor
pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts processed
pumpkin spice granola on baking sheet

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place the pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts in food processor and pulse until mix is nice and chunky.  Do not overprocess! You want to have some big nutty chunks left for some good crunch. Place nut/seed mix in large bowl.

In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and stir well.  Pour liquid over the nut/seed mix and stir well to coat.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Spread granola out evenly over the baking sheet.  Use a spatula or spoon (or just your hands) to get to spread out nice & even.

Bake for about 20 minutes or so.  You may want to stir it up midway to ensure it bakes evenly on all sides.  Keep a close eye on it the last few minutes..every oven is unique.  In some ovens you may need to bake up to 25 min.  Just watch carefully so avoid a batch of burnt granola!

When granola is a nice golden brown on all sides, remove from oven and allow to cool.  It will crunch up even more as it cools, so hold back on the urge to eat the hot granola (ouch! not worth the burnt tongue..trust me).

Enjoy as a crunchy topping for yogurt, or combine with some almond milk and fresh fruit for a yummy homemade cereal.

This Pumpkin Spice Granola makes a wonderful fall gift when placed in a mason jar with a cute ribbon!

Note: If you have a tough time finding pumpkin pie spice at the store (they may be sold out 😮) you can easily make your own at home.  Simply combine 3 tbsp. cinnamon, 2 tsp. ginger, 2 tsp. nutmeg, 1 1/2 tsp. allspice, & 1 1/2 tsp. cloves.  Stir it up and store in a mason jar for whenever you need your pumpkin spice fix!

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin spice granola made with pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts.

The perfect way to get your pumpkin spice fix minus the gluten and oats.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Mindy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place the pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts in food processor and pulse until mix is nice and chunky.  Do not overprocess! You want to have some big nutty chunks left for some good crunch. Place nut/seed mix in large bowl.

  2. In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and stir well. Pour liquid over the nut/seed mix and stir well to coat.

  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread granola out evenly over the baking sheet. Use a spatula or spoon (or just your hands) to get to spread out nice & even.

  4. Bake for about 20 minutes or so. You may want to stir it up midway to ensure it bakes evenly on all sides. Keep a close eye on it the last few minutes..every oven is unique. In some ovens you may need to bake up to 20 min. Just watch carefully to avoid a batch of burnt granola!

  5. When granola is nice a golden brown on all sides, remove from oven and allow to cool. It will crunch up even more as it cools, so hold back on the urge to eat the hot granola.

  6. Enjoy as a crunchy topping for yogurt, or combine with some almond milk and fresh fruit for a yummy homemade cereal.

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