I hadn’t realised it had been so long since I last shared a granola recipe with you guys. I make this stuff all the time in different flavours, but I quite often forget to share. But while I was happily eating a bowl of this Homemade Pumpkin Granola I realised I needed to share this one. 24 hours after making it, my house still smells of pumpkin and cinnamon. Its heavenly! Why buy expensive candles just make this stuff instead.
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Anyway back to the homemade pumpkin granola. This recipe actually came about because I had some left over pumpkin puree that I needed to use up. I don’t know about you but I hate waste, there is just no need for it. Sorry enough preaching. Back to this homemade pumpkin granola, I needed some new granola as I had finished up my previous one a few days earlier so I thought why not mix them and kill two birds with one stone (I would seriously never kill a bird with anything!). But you know what I mean.
Autumn is now in full swing in Scotland, its cold and crispy in the morning and its dark by 5pm. Within a few weeks it will be dark by 3.30pm which makes food photography even harder then it already is. Dull days followed by early dark evenings make food photography a real nightmare. You spend all day waiting for that 10 minutes of sunshine praying for it to hit just in the right way. But its not all doom and gloom because Autumn has some of the best flavours of all the seasons. Pumpkin, blackberries, apples, beetroot, figs, kale, cranberries and cabbage to name but a few. Standby for one of the best cabbage and blackberry recipes coming your way soon.
So I wanted to capture a few of those flavours in this granola with the pumpkin and cranberries giving it that lovely Fall feel. It has very little sugar in it just a measly 2 tablespoons, I did try it without the sugar and for me it was just not sweet enough. It also has a small amount of maple syrup in it to help things along.
But one of the best things about homemade granola is you can customise it to suit yourself;
- Don’t like pecans – try walnuts or cashews. If you have a nut allergy leave them out all together.
- Don’t like cranberries – try using dried cherries, coconut or raisins.
- Not sweet enough – Add in some chocolate chips.
- Want a little more crunch – Throw in some quinoa before you pop it in the oven.
Customising is one of the best things about homemade granola. Add in what you like and take out what you don’t.
And its so versatile as well. It’s great served in a bowl with cold milk but it is also a great topping for yogurt and ice cream. Or as a compliment to a fruit salad. Or just in a bowl being eaten as a healthy snack while enjoying The Great British Bake Off followed by Doctor Who on catch up TV.
So hopefully you will enjoy this Fall inspired homemade pumpkin granola as much as me. If pumpkin really isn’t your thing then I can highly recommend my Maple Granola instead. But go on give it a go I promise you won’t regret it.
- 27 grams Coconut oil (1/8 cup)
- 115 grams Pumpkin puree (1/2 cup)
- 30 millilitres Maple syrup (1/8 cup)
- 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie spice (see note)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 230 grams Rolled oats (2 and ½ cups)
- 2 tablespoons Chai seeds
- 2 tablespoons Light brown sugar
- 35 grams Pumpkin seeds (1/4 cup)
- 70 grams Pecan halves roughly chopped (1/2 cup)
- 50 grams Dried cranberries (1/4 cup)
- 75 grams Sultanas (1/2 cup)
- Preheat your oven to 170C / 325F / Gas mark 3 and get 2 large non stick baking sheets out and ready.
- In a small pan place the coconut oil, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, spices and vanilla extract and very gently heat it until the coconut oil has melted and everything is well mixed in. This should only take about 90 seconds. Take it off the heat as soon as the coconut oil has melted.
- In a large bowl pour in the rolled oats and chai seeds.
- Pour the warmed pumpkin mix over the oats and mix until all the oats are completely covered.
- Sprinkle the light brown sugar over the clumpy mix and give a quick mix in.
- Spread the granola evenly over the two baking sheets allowing it to form little clumps.
- Pop it in the oven, after 20 minutes give it a little stir and swap the trays around and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Turn the oven off open the door a crack and allow the oven to fully cool down leaving the granola inside. I leave it in overnight so its perfectly safe to do that.
- After an hour or in the morning take the granola out of the oven and mix in the pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped pecans and dried cranberries.
- Gently stir everything together.
- Kept in an airtight tin this granola will keep for 10 days to 2 weeks but it will start to loose its crush after about 5 days.