Ah granola. The healthy breakfast or snack with a delicious crunch! This Pumpkin Spice Granola tastes like fall, and is super easy to make too!
Granola is actually an American food. I don’t know why I was so surprised by that; I guess I thought it was European. But granola was invented in New York in the the 1860s– and since then has been a classic healthy option for many occasions and uses.
Why do we love it here so much? Because there are so many ways to use it!
Granola can be eaten for breakfast: with milk like regular cereal. This is the way I enjoy it the most. But you could also mix it with yogurt and/or fruit. Make it part of a parfait. Pumpkin Spice Granola would be great with some vanilla yogurt and some apples.
It can also be a snack– a great little energy boost on the go. This recipe is packed with pumpkin seeds, which are so good for you!
It can be a garnish for many desserts: ice cream, pies, puddings.
How you do like to eat it?
Pumpkin Spice Granola
This granola is really easy. Mix together old fashioned oats, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and some pumpkin pie spice. I like using old fashioned oats in granola because they have such a sturdy texture.
Then melt some Chef Shamy Cinnamon Butter in a saucepan with some maple syrup and a little brown sugar. Bring it to a boil and keep it there for 60 seconds. Then pour it over the oat mixture.
Mix everything together and bake! It’s so easy!
Once it’s cooled, you can break up into whatever size chunks you’d like, and enjoy it in your favorite way!
Crunchy Pumpkin Spice GranolaCourse: Snacks
4 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 cup pecans
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup maple syrup
2 T brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 325° F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and pumpkin pie spice.
- In a small sauce pan, mix Cinnamon Honey Butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar together over medium high heat.
- Bring to a boil, and boil for 60 seconds. Remove from the heat and pour over the oat mixture.
- Stir well to combine, making sure everything is evenly coated.
- Spread granola onto a sheet pan.
- Bake at 325° F for 20-30 minutes, or until crunchy.
- Serve as cereal, ice cream or yogurt topping, or as a snack on the go.