Start your fall and winter mornings with homemade Maple Nut Pumpkin Spice Granola. Add chia seeds and hemp hearts for an added protein boost!
You're going to want to make this Maple Nut Pumpkin Spice Granola on repeat!
It's just that good.
More importantly, it's a snap to make. Mix rolled oats, nuts and spices, spread on a baking sheet and bake. That's it.
This homemade granola recipe has just the right amount of crispy crunch and it's lightly sweetened with maple syrup and/or honey. Moreover, it has those warm fall pumpkin spices that make any recipe delicious!
Granola makes a quick, healthy protein-rich breakfast. Drowned in almond milk or other plant-based milk is the way I like it best. It's also delicious as a topping for yogurt parfaits with fresh berries. Use it to make granola bars or other healthy squares, too.
Or serve it with this fabulous Broiled Grapefruit with Maple Syrup!
Here's what you'll need to make a batch.
Ingredients for Maple Pecan Pumpkin Spice Granola
- rolled oats: gluten-free, if necessary. Sometimes rolled oats are called old-fashioned oats.
- nuts and seeds: 1 cup each of pecans and walnuts, 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- coconut: totally optional. I love it in granola.
- chia seeds and hemp hearts: for added protein, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
- coconut oil: or olive oil. Granola without oil will be dry.
- sweetener: maple syrup, honey or a combination of both. Use maple syrup to keep this granola recipe vegan.
- pumpkin spice mix: see my recipe below.
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Mix
While you can buy Pumpkin Spice Mix ready-made, it’s ridiculously easy to make your own and you can be sure that the spices you’re using are fresh. Mix the following spices, store in a small jar, label it, and have it ready to make other pumpkin recipes, like these Low-Carb Roasted Pumpkin Spice Pecans.
3 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
2 tbsp ground nutmeg
1.5 tbsp ground allspice
1.5 tbsp ground cloves
To make this Pumpkin Spice Granola, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the melted oil with the maple syrup or honey (or both) and stir into the rolled oats mixture until well combined.
Then all you have to do is spread it on a baking sheet (I use two) and bake it in the oven until slightly crispy.
It will continue to crisp up as it cools.
Possible optional add-ins
Add one or more of these dried fruits, once the granola has cooled.
- dried cranberries
- dried cherries
- dried blueberries
- snipped dried apricots
- or serve with fresh berries!
Store this Pumpkin Spice Granola in a covered container. It will stay fresh for a month or more.
Enjoy every spoonful!
Maple Nut Pumpkin Spice Granola with Chia and Hemp Seeds
- half sheet pan
- 5 cups rolled oats old-fashioned oats, gluten-free if necessary
- 1 cup pecans coarsely chopped
- 1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut optional
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp pumpkin spice mix
- 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- Measure dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup and honey. Stir into the dry ingredients until well coated.
- Spread out on a baking sheet (you may need two). Bake at 250°F. for 30 - 45 minutes, stirring part way through, until lightly browned and crisp.
- Remove from oven and let cool. When completely cool, add dried fruit like cranberries, raisins, dried cherries, if you'd like. Store in an airtight container. It will last for a month or more.
Try my other homemade granola recipes, too.
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