Let’s start the day with this incredible pumpkin spice granola. Ok, ok I may be going a little overboard with the whole pumpkin thing but it is really hard not to when you are surrounded on all sides by all things pumpkin! I promise I will stop soon (maybe….probably not), but I have a fair bit of homemade pumpkin puree leftover from our Halloween festivities and I can’t just let it go to waste can I?
This quick and easy pumpkin spice granola will make your house smell awesome. It tastes great served with some thick strained yoghurt, or as a yummy crunchy topping on some baked apples for a quick and healthy dessert.
I first found a version of this recipe in The Sprouted Kitchen cookbook a few years back when I was still living in Australia, but back then adding pumpkin to granola was just too weird for me, so I never tried it. However now that I am living in the land where pumpkin is added to anything and everything it just seems like the natural thing to do. So I did it…..and I have to say pumpkin spice granola is super yummy.
- 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped nuts (walnuts pecans or almonds go well)
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup dried raisins
Preheat the oven to 325°F
Whisk together the coconut oil, salt, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree in a large mixing bowl until smooth
Add in the oats, nuts, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds and stir until well-coated
Spread the granola evenly onto a large rimmed baking sheet, trying to keep as many clusters intact as possible
Bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until the granola is dry and golden-brown in colour, stirring every 10 minutes or so
Once finished let the granola cool for a few minutes and then stir in the raisins
Once completely cooled transfer to an airtight container for storage
Keeps well in the refrigerator for about a week. Can also be frozen, just pull out the night before required and store in a glass jar.
Modified from the original recipe which can be found at www.sproutedkitchen.com