Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola, it’s sooo tasty and good for you. Slide over pumpkin pie…

I’m new to the homemade granola scene {yes, there is a scene} and can’t believe I’ve been missing out. Thankfully, making granola doesn’t require a tremendous amount of culinary skills, in fact, it’s rather simple.

My recipe has no added fat – the almonds have enough “good” fat to go around and is otherwise comprised of old-fashioned rolled oats, pure maple syrup, pure honey and a few additional ingredients.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice GranolaIngredients:

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cups almond slivers

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1 pinch kosher salt

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup pure honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried fruit {I used unsweetened cherries}

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

This granola recipe is very simple to make, but it does require a bit of “hand-holding” in the form of stirring about every 15 minutes. In all likelihood your nose will be the first to know if the granola starts to burn – nuts, in this case almonds, tend to burn rather easily. Thankfully however, it’s a very distinguishable smell and won’t be easily missed.

If you are aiming for lots of texture and clusters avoid spreading the mixture to thin. Alternatively, if clusters aren’t your thing and you want to keep all of the teeth in your mouth, spread the mix evenly across the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Either way, allow the mixture to cool completely and the result will be a delicious, crunchy, and healthy granola.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

One last piece of information – granola can be very sneaky.

What could possibly be unhealthy about a bowl of oats and dried fruit?  

Well, a lot in fact. Blame it on the sugar, it’s lurking everywhere. Be mindful when gathering ingredients and check the labels –  avoid buying processed maple syrup, honey, and sweetened dried fruits.

Plain and simple, don’t be fooled by granola.

It’s like your annoying ex-boyfriend who put on a dress shirt – it’s still the same guy.

Avoid turning a well intentioned healthy treat into a dessert table wannabe.

If you have any questions or comments about your annoying ex-boyfriend, leave them below.

Enjoy!

Anna

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola
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Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Combine rolled oats, almond slivers, pumpkin spice, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine oats with the maple syrup mixture and coat evenly.
  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spread mixture evenly {leave clusters if desired}.
  6. Baking at 275 for approximately 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Allow the oat mixture to cool completely. Toss with dried fruit to combine. Store in airtight container for up to three weeks.
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