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Pumpkin Pie Granola Sweetened with Maple or Date Syrup

Beth Lee
Pumpkin pie granola is a great way to get excited about fall. When you open the granola jar, you'll think for an instant that you actually took the leftover pumpkin pie out of the fridge. Feel free to adjust the level of pumpkin pie seasonings to your own taste buds.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 291 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups oats not quick cooking
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans or nut of your choice
  • ½ cup pepitas or hulled pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut chips optional
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
  • ½ cup olive oil can use canola if you would like
  • ½ cup maple or date syrup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees, or 300 convect.
  • Have two sheet pans ready, lined with silicone mats or parchment paper (optional).
  • In a large bowl, stir together the first five ingredients – oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and salt
  • In a smaller bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, oil, maple or date syrup, honey, vanilla extract along with the cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom, if using. After blending it all together give it a taste and see if you like the pumpkin flavor. If all is to your liking, add this mixture to the larger bowl and combine well.
  • Spread in an even layer on the two sheet pans. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Note the color before you place the pans in the oven – it’s done when it has noticeably darkened. It will be soft when you first take it out. Let it cool on the sheet pans. It will harden and form clusters as it does. Store in a glass jar, cereal holder, or sealable plastic bag.

Notes

  • Be sure to adjust the pumpkin seasonings to match your taste buds and personal preferences.
  • Please don't double the actual pumpkin puree to bump up the pumpkin flavor — you’ll end up with soft, instead of crunchy granola.
  • I recommend switching the shelves and mixing the granola twice while it's in oven. Want even more chunks of granola when it cools? You could do the mixing in the oven only once. But I still recommend switching the tray shelves twice during the cooking.
  • Definitely let the granola cool on the trays untouched - this is where I believe most of the chunky nuggets are formed.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 222mgPotassium: 184mgFiber: 4gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 800IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg
Keyword date syrup, granola, pumpkin
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