Fall is finally in the air here in Georgia and that means bonfires, sweaters and all things pumpkin!
Today I am sharing this yummy pumpkin granola recipe. It makes for a healthy homemade snack or seasonal cereal – or both!
I enjoy making homemade granola for so many reasons. The flavor and ingredient possibilities are endless, it’s extremely easy and requires minimal equipment to name a few. And I typically have most of the ingredients in my pantry already!
Once you make homemade granola for the first time and realize how easy (and fun) it is to make, you will start making it all the time.
This pumpkin flavored granola in particular screams cozy vibes with all of the different fall flavors that are packed into it. If you know me, you know that cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors, so I tend to add in an extra pinch or two (wink, wink). I do want to share with you the pumpkin pie spice that I have been using for years. It is the one from Trader Joe’s (see photo). Next time you are at your neighborhood TJ’s, pick this up for you fall baking!
Another seasonal hero in this recipe is the dried apple. It adds another texture in with the crunch of the nuts and oats. We have a dehydrator at home and dry our own fruit including the apples used in this recipe. You can easily buy dried apple in your grocery store. It will save you about 12 hours of drying (lol)!
Let’s get started!
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup ground flax-seeds
- 1 cup dried apples
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Line a large (rimmed) baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir in the maple syrup, honey and vanilla extract.
- Add the oats, flax-seeds and stir until evenly coated.
- Fold in the dried apple, pecans and pumpkin seeds.
- Spread mixture evenly onto baking pan and press down with a wooden spoon to flatten it out.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Once baked, remove from oven and allow granola to sit and cool completely for an additional 20 minutes. Break apart granola pieces to your preferred size.
- Serve and enjoy!
What is your favorite way to eat granola?