Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice GranolaFall is here, and fresh pumpkins are in season.  Thus the inspiration for this recipe.
First, let me tell you the REAL reason why I created this recipe….

I found this granola at Whole Foods and fell in love, and my addiction began….

Michele's Pumpkin Spice Granola

However,  there was a sad month that I ran out, and they were out of stock!  This is when my search began for the right recipe to match the flavor profiles I wanted… I craved… I NEEDED.  No recipe on Pinterest or the internet had exactly that, so I concocted my own.
After a few batches and fine tuning, this is the finished product. It has the right balance of spice and sweetness.

Pumpkin Spice Granola Pumpkin Spice Granola

Ingredients:

Dry

  • 2 cups organic rolled oats (use GF rolled oats for gluten free option)
  • 1/4 cup organic ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup organic unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup organic raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup organic raw whole pecans
  • 1/4 cup organic raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic hemp seeds

Wet

  • 4 tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree ( can use organic canned or make your own)
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp organic ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp organic ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

3. In a microwavable bowl, melt coconut oil and stir together remaining wet ingredients and spices.
Pumpkin Spice Granola

4. Pour wet mixture onto dry and stir well. Be sure to incorporate it well so that it will be nice and sticky for great clusters when baking in the oven.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

5. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet lightly and evenly while trying not to break up the mixture too much.
Pumpkin Spice Granola

6. Bake for 40 minutes* at 325F.  The batch must be flipped and rotated every 10 minutes for even browning.  When flipping the granola, use a spatula and flip gently in large sections each time to try to maintain large clusters.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

*My oven tends to run on a bit hot, so the last 10 minutes I keep a close eye, it browns quickly and sometimes needs to be taken out a few minutes ahead of time. However, a friend made this recipe and needed to bake hers for 50- 60 minutes, so time may vary depending on how hot your oven may run.

Be sure to let granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container or it may loose some of its crunchy goodness.

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