I don’t know quite how to say this without creating enemies so I’m just going to come right out with it – I’ve never really liked pumpkin before! There, I said it and I’m probably the only one who doesn’t go off the pumpkin deep end every year – well until this year that is!
Poor pumpkin, it’s not really it’s fault that’s it’s not the preferred dessert! Every Thanksgiving as first the apple, then cherry and pecan pies are devoured, the lonely pumpkin sits by itself, and only gets eaten last when there are no other options left!
But… I have this thing where I just can’t let things go – so we keep trying pumpkin things occasionally, you know, just to see if anything’s changed! As it turns out I’m still not crazy about pumpkin pie, but I’m loving anything pumpkin that’s not pie related! I’m thinking about combining my pumpkin pie and pecan pie this year into a grain free bar – I think I could get on board with that for the holidays!
Tyler’s not really that crazy about pumpkin either, so… you might wonder why on earth I’m making anything pumpkin at all?!?! But… here’s the thing, when this granola came out of the oven, he could not stop eating it! We both kept saying ‘this is crazy, we don’t really like pumpkin’!
That was all it took, 1 success and now it’s pumpkin everything – I have finally jumped off the pumpkin deep end! Get ready because there’s a pumpkin chai latte headed your way soon, and goodness only knows what’s next! Be prepared for an orange colored craze!
I used a mixture of pecans and walnuts because walnuts are nice and buttery, and the pecans make a great flavor pairing with pumpkin.
I like to roughly chop the nuts before adding them to the mixture – this is just personal preference, I don’t like big chunks in my cereal.
Whisk together all the wet ingredients with the spices to make sure the spices are thoroughly combined.
Add the roughly chopped nuts, seeds, and coconut to the pumpkin spice mixture – mix until combined.
Then, spread the granola evenly over a parchment lined baking sheet. The baking time is longer than a usual granola recipe, but the full 2 hours at a low temperature is important to adequately dry the granola without burning it. Theoretically you could just use less pumpkin, but I think it’s essential to use plenty for a full pumpkin flavor!
This is definitely our new favorite snack, and it makes an awesome breakfast when you’re hiking in the fall! We had a good sized bowl of this pumpkin granola right before we hiked to Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park last weekend, (see above photo). My favorite way to eat this so far, is with almond milk and a drizzle of richly flavored, pure maple syrup!
I know it’s still technically summer, (you’ll still see some non-pumpkin recipes, I promise) but you wouldn’t know it by the weather we’ve been getting! It’s put me in a fall mood early this year!Print
Double Pumpkin Pie Granola
- Total Time: 2 hours 10 mins
- Yield: 5 cups granola 1x
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree from the can
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 Teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 Teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 Teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 cups big coconut flakes
- Preheat the oven to 200ºF.
- Combine all the wet ingredients together being sure to thoroughly mix in the spices. It’s really important to mix the spices in with the wet ingredients for an even coating, otherwise they for pockets of spice in the nuts.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredient mixture.
- Spread the granola evenly over a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake the granola for 2-2 1/2 hours, stirring twice during the baking process.
- When the granola almost completely dry, turn off the oven. Leave the granola in the oven with the door shut until the oven cools down, 1-2 hours. This step really helps to make sure the granola is fully dry and crispy.
- Serve as desired and store in an airtight container.
- We love this with almond milk as a cereal, or by the handful as a trail snack!
It’s important to keep the oven temperature at 200ºF. I tried this at 250ºF and the nuts became over toasted before the granola was fully dry.
If you find a few moist pockets in your granola, or if you live in a humid area, you can re-dry your granola by placing it on a lined baking sheet and putting it back into a preheated oven (200ºF). Once you place the granola in the preheated oven, immediately turn the oven off and let the granola cool down with the oven – the granola always comes out perfectly crisp again.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 2 hours
16 thoughts on “Double Pumpkin Pie Granola”
I just made this recipe and it is ridiculously tasty!! I decided I wanted a little bit of oats in it so I used 3/4 cup of pumpkin and 2 extra tbsp (4 total) of coconut oil and 1/2 a cup of oats. It worked out great! My husband tried it and told me to hide it if I didn’t want him to finish it in the next 10 minutes! Haha!
I’m so glad you both enjoyed it, and thanks so much for writing in with your variations because I know it will be helpful to someone else! 🙂
Are there any substitutions for the avocado oil?
Yes, you can definitely use either melted butter, coconut oil, or any type of cooking oil that has a very light flavor in place of avocado oil. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions!
Thanks for the advice- I can see why it would be a problem- I will let you know when if I jump into trying it oats. 😉
I really hope it works out for you, and I will post an oat based granola at some point! I’m working on a maple version right now, hopefully it’ll come together soon! 🙂
I like this, but husband doesnt do nuts very well. Would hearty oats, work? I have only attempted making granola twice- both times not with great results- However, your recipe sounds like it would lead to a happier ending. 😉
You can try it with oats, but it might take a couple of times to get it right! The main problem with subbing oats is they don’t really have any fat in them compared to nuts which is going to make for a cardboard like texture with the recipe as is. I would start be subbing oats (keep the coconut if that’s ok for you both) and add a fair bit more avocado oil – the recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons but for oats I would try 1/3 of a cup and if the first batch isn’t crispy enough I would try adding more oil the second time. I hope this helps a little, and let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂
Wow, Kari! This looks fabulous! What a great idea. I’ll be making this the next chance I get! Thanks for another great recipe!
It’s another great on-the-go healthy snack, I hope you enjoy it during your car trips!
Yes, it should be great for the car! I need to keep experimenting with savory granolas, too…
I should work on savory granola too, they make great crouton substitutes!
My mom hates pumpkin pie too! You guys should meet and found a society for pumpkin pie haters. Secretly plotting and spreading ill-will against pumpkin pie! 😀
BTW, loving this granola. You had me at the pecans…
I could totally get on board spreading ill-will against pumpkin pie! I never realized how much my dislike of certain recipes colored my views on food – who knew I secretly liked pumpkin!?!?
I just love the name of this recipe – double pumpkin pie granola, loving it! Pumpkin pie is my all time favorite though, hehe. It’s my first choice! I love it because it doesn’t have a top crust so I do save myself some calories but still get that “I just ate a piece of pie” satisfied feeling.
This granola is an even better option, nutritious but still getting that pumpkin pie feeling without leaving me sluggish! Should give me the energy to finish my Fall cleanup projects =)
And I’m making your eggplant Parm tonight!!! Finally picked my eggplant. It’s not the Japanese variety you used, but still should work.
Let me know how the Eggplant Parmesan goes! Funny that pumpkin pie’s your favorite, I know a few people like that and they think I’m crazy for not liking it! It’s not so much that I hate the taste or anything, I just like all the other flavors better! 🙂