Pumpkin Spice Granola

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s pumpkin time!

From October through mid November I have pumpkin on the brain, and not much else. So, to kick off unofficial “pumpkin month” here at SSB, have I got some crunchy pumpkin filled goodness for ya.
Granola is awesome. Pumpkin flavored granola is out of this world! I could (and sometimes do!) eat greek yogurt with granola every day of the week for breakfast. It’s also one of my favorite mid day snacks. Protein in greek yogurt and whole grains in granola – sounds like a pretty balanced snack to me! This pumpkin spice granola is perfect for a greek yogurt parfait. Add a little honey or agave syrup and you’ve got a full flavored fall flavored treat you’ll flip for!
I’ve talked quite a bit about my love for homemade granola. I just don’t see why you would get your granola at the grocery store when it is so easy to make at home. Plus, with my super secret (well, not anymore!) trick, you’ll have granola that is packed with all the good stuff and none of the bad stuff!
Making granola on Sunday nights is somewhat of a ritual for me. After a long day of football watching, I love to get in the kitchen and bake up a batch that I’ll use all week. I love trying out new flavors and seasonings then playing “guess-that-granola-flavor” with my husband. Sometimes he even guesses right! It’s such a comforting way to end a weekend – smelling freshly baked granola all throughout the house. Somehow, it usually works out that I am in need of a snack right when the granola is finished baking…funny how that happens.
I usually double (or triple! don’t judge!) the recipe because homemade granola keeps well in the fridge for quite a while. Not that mine ever lasts longer than a week…if it makes it that far!
You can find pumpkin butter at most supermarkets. I get mine at Trader Joe’s and love it. This is one of my favorite uses for it, but I also spread it on toast for a taste-of-fall-treat. In fact, I’m thinking that one of my pumpkin flavored projects this month might be attempting to make pumpkin butter of my own!
This granola has all the wonderful flavors of pumpkin pie and comes out super crunchy, slightly sweet and spicy. Not spicy like burn your tongue spicy. Spicy like warm and cozy spicy. Very important difference!! Welcome back fall with a big bowl of granola goodness!
Enjoy!

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined
  3. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment
  4. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring a few times during baking
  5. Remove from oven a let cool
  6. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for about a month (it won’t last that long though!)

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40 minute(s)

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7 comments

  1. rachel says:

    Love this idea! I made pumpkin granola last week too actually! I used pumpkin puree though and it turned out great! I want to try using the pumpkin butter. I also added some nuts and seeds (pecans, flax seeds, pepitas, & dried cranberries) which could be a good with your granola too!

  2. Tara says:

    We are totally on the same page! I want to try it with pumpkin puree too! And, I say, add as much as you like! the only thing is I like to bake the granola separate and add the extras after, otherwise, your nuts and dried fruits can get a little burn-y and no one wants that! :)

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