Well. Here’s another pumpkin recipe. Can you tell I love pumpkin?? Pumpkin is in the air and we have to take advantage while we can!! 🙂
Store bought granola is one of those foods that gets marketed as “healthy” a lot of the time but is 99.9% of the time sooo far from actually being healthy. It usually has tons of added sugar and other completely unnecessary ingredients/chemicals. If you want granola but don’t want to ruin your diet, try making it yourself!
This recipe is another super easy one (of course!) and easy to modify if you have any kind of nuts or dried fruit laying around you want to get rid of.
If you’re gluten-free use gluten-free oats, or just sub all oats with quinoa flakes. I used quinoa flakes because I just got them and have been experimenting with them some. Quinoa flakes worked great but you could also substitute oats for all quinoa flakes if you wanted to. If you’re vegan use maple syrup instead of honey. I used honey because it’s all I had in the house.
Are you ready for the directions?? I don’t think you are.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all ingredients well and bake for 35-40 minutes on a greased baking sheet, stirring 2 to 3 times during the process. Let cool and enjoy!
Really be extra generous with the pumpkin pie spice if you want a good pumpkin flavor. For the flavor to be prominent I guarantee you will need add more than you think you do.
I baked mine for 40 minutes and it got a little more brown than I would have liked (but was still delicious!) so next time I would probably bake it for about 35 minutes.
I also threw in some cacao nibs at the end to add a little chocolate flavor. I have never used cacao nibs before but just got them at the store and really recommend them if you can find them! They are legitimately raw cocoa beans that are roasted. No added sugar, nothing except the raw cacoa! They are not very sweet clearly, but have add a nice chocolate flavor to things. I’m not a fan of eating them on their own because they’re so bitter but added to things they are great. And they have lots of antioxidants in them too 🙂 Read more about them here. If you don’t have cacao nibs, use dark chocolate chips!
Try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. I think I could have.