(Note: this post was originally published on October 27, 2019. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)
Welcome to your new cozy fall breakfast/lunch/snack/dessert heaven! This Pumpkin Pie Granola is super crunchy, delicately sweet, and loaded with pumpkin pie flavor. It has become a staple in our house from October through December because it's versatile, easy to make, loaded with iconic fall flavors, and makes the house smell heavenly.
I've mentioned this before, but granola is my absolute favorite late morning treat. I prefer to graze throughout the day rather than have a big lunch, and my body seems to really want calories and fat around 10:30 or 11:00AM, a couple hours after my workout ends. So that means it's granola time!! Hence granola is taken very, very seriously in our house, and I love to make my own so that I can control the ingredients. I'm so excited to share this one with you!
This granola is seriously like pumpkin pie in a crunchy, portable form. It has all the pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom, like a cozy fall hug. It gets most of its moisture from pumpkin puree, a touch of sweetness from maple syrup, and has lots of crunchy and chewy add-ins. In case you're keeping track, it's free of refined sugar and contains only a bit of coconut oil.
Half the fun of this granola is the add-ins! There are toasty pecans, tart cranberries, and zippy crystallized ginger, all of which are classic fall ingredients. I've also added pepitas (the inner parts of pumpkin seeds!) to really bring home the pumpkin theme.
What can you do with this special fall granola?? That's a trick question because the answer is EVERYTHING!
Usually I just munch on this granola by the handful, since I love the crunch. But one of the beauties of granola is that it's so versatile. Have it with your milk of choice, or in a parfait with your yogurt of choice and fruit. Have it for breakfast, maybe even on top of a breakfast salad, or for a snack or lunch. Speaking of parfaits, this granola is totally dessert-worthy. Layer it up with your favorite yogurt, some pumpkin, and roasted pears, and you have yourself a totally nourishing yet indulgent pumpkin pie dessert.
Finally, this granola also makes for a great homemade holiday gift! Just make a couple batches and put them in cute bags with ribbons. Everyone will love them!
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
If you've never tried making your own granola before, now is the time! It's easy! Just toss everything together and bake, stirring occasionally. Once you start making your own, it's hard to go back to store-bought. There's really no greater magic than smelling this granola in the oven and stealing a few spoonfuls of it while it's still warm.
Regardless of how you choose to enjoy it, this Pumpkin Pie Granola is such a satisfying and comforting fall treat. I hope you love it as much as we do!
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Bursting with sweet pumpkin, fragrant vanilla, and iconic cozy fall spices, this granola is even better than pumpkin pie. It has all the nostalgic pie flavor, plus the most addicting crunch!
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