Autumn is officially here, and with it comes pumpkin pies, pumpkin spice lattes and salty roasted pumpkin seeds. Granola is another food that lends itself to the delicious flavor that seems to be everywhere this time of year. So today we’re sharing a delicious recipe for pumpkin spice granola that will make those cool fall mornings that much more enjoyable.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for your pumpkin spice granola:
- 1 small baking pumpkin
- 3 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- 2 egg whites
- 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Begin by preheating the over to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Next, carefully slice the top off of the pumpkin with a sharp, serrated knife, working at an angle as shown above.
Scoop out the insides and place the seeds in a strainer. Rinse them thoroughly, and let them drain. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Set the pumpkin aside so you can carve it later and set it out on your front porch!
Mix the oats, coconut, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and pumpkin seeds so that they are thoroughly combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites for a minute or two until they are lighter.
Add the brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup and vegetable oil. Whisk until everything is combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the mixture out evenly. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, and be sure to stir it every 10 minutes or else it will burn.
Let it cool for 15 minutes… this will allow it to achieve that yummy crunchiness that good granola always has.
Store it in an airtight container for up to two weeks. This is a crowd pleaser, thanks to its subtle pumpkin flavor and lightly sweetened taste. Make a large batch for breakfasts during the holidays, and your houseguests are sure to be impressed.
You can also add different items according to your taste… nuts make a great addition (make sure to mix them in before you bake it), or raisins and dried cranberries can be added after baking. Enjoy!