All right guys! The first pumpkin recipe of Autumn is here friends; Pumpkin Spice Almond Granola. An easy peezy way to start the season off right so let's DO this!
I've shared a couple granola recipes before, and I'm probably never going to stop. Granola is just SO easy. As I've said before, there's really no reason to buy this stuff store bought when its so simple to make on your own. It also helps you avoid all those nasty weird preservative add ins and high fructose corn syrup that's just completely unnecessary in this healthy treat.
Today I'm so excited to share with you my Pumpkin Spice Almond Granola recipe. Just as easy as the Vanilla Almond Granola or Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola I've done before, this version has a little autumn love in it. A dash of pumpkin pie spice, dried cranberries, and raw pumpkin seeds with a little maple syrup give it a true taste of Fall.
Speaking of Fall, I went up to Anacortes last weekend and discovered not just a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but a Pumpkin CHAI Spice Latte made especially for the season. It was my favorite thing about breakfast at Calico Cupboard Cafe & Bakery. I'm DYING for another one and am going to have to figure out how to make them. I have a Spiced Chai Tea Latte recipe but omgmorepumpkinchailattespleasekthanks. For real though, do you have a favorite autumn beverage?? I'd love to hear about it! Autumn isn't complete with constantly sipping delicious, steamy drinks all season long.
Anyho0, back to the Pumpkin Spice Almond Granola. One major trick I've noticed with Granola? To really get the best flavors and cut back on too much sweet, is to add a pinch of salt. I was one of those kids that never added the salt to the chocolate chip cookie batter because it always said "optional"...for the record it's always a good idea to add salt to chocolate chip cookies. Not only for taste but for texture after baking. It's also always a good idea to add salt to granola. Just a tidge, not too much, to bring out the flavors of the spices while taming the sweetness of the sugar and/or sweeteners.
So get in season and bake up a quick batch of Pumpkin Spice Almond Granola for quick, healthy tasty breakfast or snack to go with that Pumpkin Spice Latte :-)!Print
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and salt.
- Add vanilla extract, honey, molasses, maple syrup and coconut oil. Stir together until completely mixed.
- Spread the granola mixture onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 40, minutes, stirring and rotating the pan after 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, add dried cranberries, stir, and cool completely on a wire rack.
- Store in an airtight jar and enjoy with yogurt, milk, or just as a snack!