An easy healthy crunchy pumpkin spice granola recipe that I can easily do at home was one of my goals lately.
I am not sure how I feel about the packaged granola brands that have a million ingredients in them. I feel like even if it claims healthy on the box, it’s not exactly healthy, to say the least.
My first attempts at granola were a fail even tho it’s not that hard to make. Some were burned, other were weirdly chewy, it was a mess! Until I accidentally came up with this recipe.
I am still surprised at how it turned out. It’s definitely way better than I was expecting at first. If you are looking for an overwhelming pumpkin taste, I am sorry, this isn’t for you.
The taste of pumpkin is present but just enough (at least, for my taste). I guess that using homemade pumpkin puree is one of the reasons. My pumpkin puree was quite runny compared to the canned one.
If you want the same result with canned pumpkin puree, you will just have to use a little less pumpkin puree and mix it with some water to thin it down.
I made sure to add some of my favorite seeds such as chia and flax. These two superfood seeds are very rich in omega 3 acids and are a really good source of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
Almonds and pumpkin seeds for more crunch and used maple syrup to make it refined sugar-free, but you can easily substitute it with coconut sugar or agave syrup.
I would recommend maybe testing the granola before baking it so you can adjust the sweetness and the spices. I am not a huge fan of overly sweet granola, so if you need more sweetness just add more maple.
So as promised in my last post, here is my recipe for healthy pumpkin spice granola.
An easy homemade and healthy pumpkin spice granola recipe that you can make in under an hour. This is such a staple for autumn and winter in our household.
- 2 Cup Oatmeal
- 2 Cup Homemade pumpkin puree (or 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree mixed with 1/2 cup water)
- 1 Cup Chopped almonds
- 8 Tbsp Maple syrup
- 4 Tbsp Pumpkin seeds
- 3 Tbsp Chia seed
- 3 Tbsp Ground flax seed
- 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
- Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt (to taste)
In a big mixing bowl add all dry ingredients
In a smaller bowl mix all wet ingredients
Add wet ingredients to the dry one and mix until everything is well combined.
Line a baking tray with a baking sheet. Place the granola on the baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
Bake at 180°C for approx 45min. Keep an eye on it and mix if needed. The granola is done when its color becomes golden brown.