Pumpkin spice granola is the perfect fall breakfast with all its warm autumn flavors. Sweet and crunchy, with a touch of pumpkin pie flavor, it’s a cozy and healthy way to start your morning!
Why You’ll Love This Pumpkin Spice Granola
There’s a lot to love about this crunchy granola with a touch of autumn spice. Here’s what makes this homemade granola recipe a keeper:
- Fall Flavors: Pumpkin spice granola captures the taste of fall in every bite. You’ll love the pumpkin spice and maple syrup combo that give it the perfect amount of sweetness and Fall flavor.
- Healthy Ingredients: Loaded with old-fashioned oats, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, pistachios, and hemp seeds, this granola packs a nutritious punch.
- Customizable: Don’t be afraid to get creative! This recipe is your canvas. Add dried fruits, chocolate chips, or any other favorite mix-ins!
- Long Shelf Life: This simple snack lasts for two weeks at room temp and practically forever in the freezer.
Is It Cheaper to Make Your Own Granola?
This really depends on what you’re putting in your granola and how food costs are in your area, but overall, yes! It’s cheaper to make your own.
This granola calls for flavorful and healthy ingredients without cheap fillers or tons of sugar, so you might find cheaper granolas at the store pre-made. But if you are shopping for a granola with similar nutrition and quality, it would be hard to find one that is as cheap to buy as it is to make! This recipe allows you to get that “fancy,” gourmet granola taste and nutrient quality without breaking the budget.
Hit up the bulk section of your health food store to save money on some of these ingredients. For full ingredient amounts and directions, scroll to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Oats: Go for old-fashioned oats, which cook up quickly without getting mushy in the granola.
- Pumpkin Seeds: You can use raw pumpkin seeds, also called pepita seeds, or roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Puffed Quinoa: Or puffed rice, if you prefer.
- Pistachios: I like to buy these shelled to make things easy, but you can definitely shell your own if you prefer! Walnuts or pecans would also work well.
- Hemp Seeds: Or sunflower seeds.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: Use store-bought pumpkin pie spice, or make your own (see the Tips section for my recipe!)
- Maple Syrup: Pure maple syrup, not table syrup. Honey would also be good!
- Avocado Oil: You can also use another neutral oil of your choice or melted butter.
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Granola
Making this recipe is super simple. You can practically do it in your sleep! Just don’t forget to line your baking sheet with parchment so that cleanup is easy, too.
- Combine the Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, puffed quinoa, pistachios, hemp seeds, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Add Wet Ingredients: Drizzle the maple syrup and avocado oil over the dry ingredients. Gently toss everything together until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Bake: Spread your granola mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes, making sure to stir every 10 minutes.
- Cool and Enjoy: Take the granola out of the oven, and let it cool to room temperature. Enjoy, or store for later!
Need tips? I’ve got ‘em! Here’s what you should know about making this scrumptious pumpkin spice granola:
- Nutrition: Adding granola to your morning routine is a healthy way to start the day. Granola contains fiber and protein, which are essential for keeping your energy levels up throughout the day. It also provides a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding too many unhealthy sugars or fats.
- Serving Suggestions: Serve this granola plain for a quick snack, or add milk, yogurt, and/or fresh fruit for a more leisurely and full breakfast option.
- Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice: Need to make your own pumpkin spice? Here’s my easy recipe: 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, and half a teaspoon each of ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Store this at room temperature in an airtight container.
Here’s where you can get creative. Switch up your granola game by adding your favorite mix-ins, such as…
- Apples: Dried apples are amazing here. I recommend crushing up apple chips!
- Nutty Delight: Mix in chopped almonds, walnuts, and pecans for even more healthy fat and a great nutty crunch.
- Coconut Bliss: Toss in shredded coconut and white chocolate chips – your tastebuds will thank you, believe me.
How Long Does Homemade Granola Last?
Homemade granola can last up to 2 to 3 weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Just make sure it’s completely cool before sealing it up.
Can I Freeze Pumpkin Seed Granola?
Definitely! Just store it in an airtight container or a freezer bag, and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it, thaw it at room temperature first, and then serve.
More Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes
- Easy Pumpkin Pancakes
- Best Pumpkin Bread
- Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Bakery Style Pumpkin Muffins
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake
- How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Preheat the oven to 300˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the oats, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, pistachios, hemp seeds, and pumpkin spices.
- Pour maple syrup and avocado oil on top. Toss all the ingredients together until well combined.
- Spread the granola on prepared baking sheet and place it in the oven. Cook for 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, let the granola cool to room temperature. Serve as desired or store in an airtight container.
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