Guys, guys, omg I’m just really excited Autumn is here!
So this year hasn’t exactly given us much to look forward to but over my dead body is 2020 going to ruin the Holiday season for me. You feel me?
Okay, this granola is probably my new favorite and that’s saying something because I make granola pretty often. Baking anything and everything with pumpkin and spices is always the quickest way to get into the Autumn mood.
The only thing I’m slightly disappointed that I didn’t do with this recipe is add some pecans or walnuts. I just didn’t have any on hand because I’d already used them all. I mean, it’s still killer delicious without them, but you can never go wrong adding some nuts to granola. Definitely add some if you decide to make this. I don’t think most people realize how many possible combinations there are for granola. You can add just about anything in your baking cabinet and it’ll probably still turn out amazing. (Lol, please don’t take that too literally. I’m thinking like chocolate chips here, not like a cup of salt. ;P)
Another perk with this recipe is that it’s gluten free, dairy free, and pretty low in fat. It’s not like, low low fat, but it’s oil free and pretty much the only fat is in the coconut and pepitas. And if you couldn’t care less about any of that, then great! It’s just a really good granola that tastes like Autumn and is delicious to eat in so many different ways.
Pumpkin Spice Granola (Vegan+GF)
Skip buying the overpriced granola at the store and make this delicious one at home. Add some chocolate chips and you'll have a snack to put Reese's puffs to shame.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2/3 cup coconut palm sugar (you can also use raw cane sugar or brown sugar but only use 1/2 cup if substituting)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or more if you like it extra spiced
- 1/2 cup unsweeted, dried coconut flakes
- 2/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
In a small bowl, mix pumpkin, syrup, sugar, salt, vanilla, and spices. Add in the oats, coconut, and pepitas and stir until evenly mixed.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180C) and line a baking tray with parchment or non-stick liners. Spread the final mixture out onto your tray and place in the oven to bake for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring in 15 minutes intervals until crunchy and golden.
Allow the granola to cool off completely then serve however you like to enjoy granola!
Store in an air-tight container.