This pumpkin spice granola is the perfect way to ease into autumn. It has just enough fall flavor to get you into the spirit, but still delicious enough to eat all year round! Did I mention it’s super easy to make?
There are two types of people—the ones who decorate for fall, grab their pumpkin spice lattes, and whip out the cozy cardigans the moment September 1st rolls around, and those who slowly ease into the spirit of autumn, one candle at a time. Now, I’m more of an ease-into-the-season type person and this pumpkin spice granola is a wonderful treat that really get’s you in the spirit of the season.
This pumpkin spice granola recipe is not only delicious, but also easy to make. In fact, it only takes about 5 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook. The best part is you likely have all the ingredients in your cabinet already! So, next time you’re craving a little something for fall, you can make pumpkin spice granola in less than 30 minutes.
Pumpkin Spice Granola Ingredients
As I mentioned before, you likely have all the ingredients for this pumpkin spice granola recipe. You can even swap about some of them for anything you have in your cupboard, or if you prefer different ingredients. This recipe is a great “base” for any granola, but the add-ins are what you can make your own!
Granola base ingredients
- Oats—This may seem obvious, but the star of the show here is oats. You can use any oats you have, there is no limitation. I use rolled oats.
- Honey—Honey plays an important role in any granola recipe. It’s what creates the natural sweetness and also the crunch that’s needed for it to be granola.
- Spices—This is where you can get super creative with your granola. You can add a variety of different spices to your liking. Some of the most common spices for granola are cinnamon and nutmeg. But, you can transform the flavor with things like chai spice, cocoa powder, and in our case, pumpkin spice!
Additional granola ingredients
- Nuts—Nuts are very common in granola. You can use any nut you like, but for this recipe we are using roasted pecans.
- Seeds—Depending on the type of granola you’re making, seeds are an excellent way to add extra nutrients, texture, and flavor. Some common ones are flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, the list goes on. Our pumpkin spice granola recipe doesn’t contain seeds but I’m sure adding pumpkin seeds would taste delicious!
- Dried fruits—If you like granola that’s sweet, but not sweet sweet, adding dried fruits may be for you! Some common dried fruits you can add include raisins, cranberries, and blueberries.
- Sweet treats—Now, if you’re more of a dessert-type granola fan, this is where you can let your inner child run wild! You can add maple syrup, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or even M&Ms if you so choose!
How To Make Granola
Making pumpkin spice granola is seriously super easy. Simply mix all of the spices and maple syrup with the honey. Once the honey is full of flavor, add the oats and extra ingredients! At this point, there’s really only one step left—baking.
Place some parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spread your mixture evenly across and begin the baking process. It’s important to toss the granola with a spatula every 5 minutes to ensure it cooks evenly on all sides. Once your granola is golden brown (about 16-20 minutes), remove it from the oven and let it cool completely. Cooling is very important because the honey will harden and create that crunch that granola is known for. And that’s it!
Ways To Eat Granola
Granola is very versatile. But these are the most common ways people like to eat granola.
- Add it to yogurt
- Eat it like cereal with your favorite milk
- Mix it with ice cream
- Munch on it like trail mix
Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Pinch salt
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- ⅓ cup roasted pecans (sliced or chopped)
- ¼ cup raisins
Add first six ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix again.
Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes tossing every 5 minutes with a spatula. Let cool for 10 minutes.