Double Pumpkin Granola
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Double Pumpkin Granola

This Double Pumpkin Granola is packed with sweet fall flavors and is a simple way to spruce up yogurt, breakfast cereal, and oatmeal.
Course Breakfasts, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade granola, pumpkin granola
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Christmas, Thanksgiving
Time 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Calories 241kcal
Author Sarah Bond

Ingredients

Dries

  • 3 cups rolled oats 270 g
  • ¾ cup pumpkin seeds* 100 g
  • ½ cup quinoa 90 g
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds 22 g
  • 1 cup dried cranberries 150 g
  • ¼ tsp salt 2 g

Pumpkin Spice (or substitute 3 tsp premixed pumpkin spice)

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon 3.5 g
  • 1 tsp ground ginger 2 g
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg .5 g
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves .5 g

Wets

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree 122 g
  • ½ cup maple syrup 120 mL
  • ¼ cup flavorless oil 60 mL
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 2.5 mL

Instructions

  • Dries: Mix the dries and spices in a large bowl.
  • Wets: In a small saucepan, bring the wets to a low-medium heat, whisking until you have a warm, well-blended sauce. Pour the sauce into the dries and quickly mix until everything is evenly distributed.
  • Bake: Spread the mixture in a single layer onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (you may need to use multiple baking sheets). Bake at 300 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is browned. To ensure even baking, either stir about the granola halfway through (→crispier but small chunks) or rotate the pan (→bigger chunks). Allow granola to cool completely on pan before storing.

Notes

*So this was a learning point for me. Basically you can use either the whole pumpkin seeds or the pepitas (the little greenish innards). Here are your options:
1) If you have pumpkin seeds straight from a pumpkin and want to use the whole seed, boil them for 10 minutes then let them dry on a paper towel. This method is going to be a bit chewier and way higher in fiber.
2) If you have whole seeds and want to use only the pepitas, gently roll them with a rolling pin to crack the outer shells. Place them in boiling water for 30 minutes. Shells should float to the surface while the seeds should sink (you may also need to pinch out those remaining in their shells.
3) You can also just buy pepitas.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6.4g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 5g