This easy and healthy Crunchy Pumpkin Granola is made with real pumpkin! It has tons of fall goodies like pecans, pumpkin spice and pumpkin seeds!
Breakfast, Breakfast/ Brunch, Snack
Author: Malinda Linnebur
3cupsold fashioned oats
2teaspoonspumpkin pie spice
2/3cuphoney or maple syrup
1/4cupcoconut oilor another light flavored oil
1cupdried fruitif using large pieces of fruit cut into smaller pieces
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet, set aside.
In a large bowl combine the oats, flaxseed meal, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
In another bowl combine the honey, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and vanilla. Add to the oatmeal mixture and stir well to combine. Spread onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 1 hr 10 min or until golden around the edges. Let cool completely on pan before breaking up. After cooled using a spatula break into desired sized pieces and stir in dried fruit. Store in a container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
This granola is gluten free if you make sure all your ingredients are certified gluten free.
It can be made vegan if you replace the honey with maple syrup plus it will add another level of flavor!
I am using coconut oil to help keep it healthy but if you don't have that on hand you can use any light flavored oil or if you are an olive oil fanatic use that.
I used pecans and almonds but feel free to sub in other nuts such as walnuts or even pistachios. Both would be really delicious in this granola! Just use 1 cup roughly chopped nuts.
Feel free to change up the dried fruit as well. I used dried cranberries and golden raisins because it looked so pretty (it also tasted really good too) but cut up some dried apricot and toss that in or dried apples. Just use about 1 cup of dried fruit.
Some other great stir in options once the granola is cooled: butterscotch chips, caramel chips, chocolate chips or any that suit your fancy.
This recipe is designed to make a granola with large clusters but if you prefer yours to be loose stir your granola 3 times while it's baking and stir it once it's removed from the oven.