Who else is still on a pumpkin kick? You know I am!
Y’all know I love me some granola, and if you haven’t checked out my other granola recipes, you can find them linked below:
BUT since it’s pumpkin season, I made my version of pumpkin spice granola and honestly–it’s my favorite homemade granola recipe yet! I hope y’all love it as much as I do! Make sure you tag me in all of your creations: @livebetterwithkatdetter
Fun Pumpkin Facts:
Did you know that pumpkin can be used to replace butter or oil in baked goods? You heard me right!
Subbing pumpkin for butter in a recipe: For 1 cup of butter, use 3/4 cup of PURE pumpkin puree
Subbing pumpkin for oil in a recipe: For 1 cup of oil, use 1 cup of PURE pumpkin puree (1:1 ratio)
Pumpkin is also high in fiber which many Americans do not consume enough of daily. Fiber aids in digestion, promotes heart health, and controls blood sugars. Make your “treats” more nourishing by using pumpkin!
Other ways to incorporate pumpkin:
Add pumpkin puree to Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey
Make pumpkin muffins or scones
Mix 1-2 Tablespoons into coffee with 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
Make a savory sauce with pumpkin + light cream + Parmesan cheese
Combine pumpkin + ricotta cheese + herbs + spices and use as a filling for lasagna
Make a pumpkin smoothie
Okay, now onto the granola!
Pumpkin Spice Granola
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 T chia seeds or ground flax
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8-1/4 cup maple syrup (depending on how sweet ya like it!)
1/2 can PURE pumpkin
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Mix oats, spices and chia/flax together. In a saucepan, heat coconut oil, maple syrup and pumpkin until melted and combined together.
- Mix pumpkin mixture into oats.
- Once well incorporated, add to a parchment paper lined baking dish.
- For granola clusters, spread granola evenly and firmly pack oat mixture onto baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Allow granola mixture to cool for an hour, then break into chunks.
**NOTE: If granola is too moist, bake for an additional 10-20 minutes at 200 F to take out excess moisture.
- Enjoy on a top of yogurt, in a smoothie bowl, or plain!
- Additional/optional add ons once granola is cooled:
Dark chocolate chips/chunks
Freeze dried fruit
What other fall recipes would you like me to try? Let me know in the comments here or on my social media accounts!