Pumpkin Spice Granola, Gluten-Free

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Pumpkin Spice Granola

This time of year I really cannot get enough squash, apples and especially pumpkin. I honestly buy as many sugar pumpkins as I can stand cutting up and baking, so I can puree the flesh and freeze it to use throughout the winter. I stayed strong for two weeks on my cleanse and I am now slowly adding some items back into my diet such as a small amount of organic dairy, some alternatives to sugar such as honey and coconut sugar and some of our pasture raised meat from the farm. I had fresh fruit and vegetable juices or smoothies many mornings for breakfast throughout the first two weeks of the cleanse that I was excited to bring a little something different into my morning routine this week.

I was looking for something a bit crunchy, subtly sweet and that echoed the beautiful fall weather that we’ve been experiencing. I thought of granola late Tuesday night and couldn’t wait to get up the next morning to make it. Granola – YES! I was most excited that I still had some fresh pumpkin puree in the fridge from the last pumpkin I baked, so I decided to incorporate that.

Granola is one of those things that for many people scream “healthy hippie food”, for me it was something I had given up on, being that I am gluten-free. For many years I couldn’t find a granola that I liked and I honestly never thought about making my own. When I started seeing different recipes throughout my travels online, I realized how simple it was to make at home and how much fun you could have with your recipe. I am not usually a traditional cereal person, I find it to rarely be satisfying and since I try not to eat processed foods that usually leaves most cereals in the dust. Granola, though it could be considered a cereal, is so much more than that junk in a box (cue Justin Timberlake and that Saturday Night Live skit, wait – what?).

There are so many variations you can take when making your own granola, with different nuts, fruits and seeds, you can experiment with sweeteners, you could go with or without oil or butter, the possibilities are endless. Really any combination of dried fruits and nuts would be delicious. I almost added some dry quinoa, but I figured I could experiment with that next time since my list of ingredients was already getting super long. Heck – you could even add chocolate chips if you’re one of those people who loves a sweet breakfast. Many granola recipes call for oil, but I decided to attempt to keep the recipe low in fat and make it without, it came out perfectly crispy. Feel free to add a tablespoon or two, if you’d like.

Beyond being super satisfying and delicious this granola made our house smell incredible. After it cooled and I took some photos, I poured a bunch into a bowl and splashed some ice-cold organic almond milk over the top, it was perfection. I haven’t yet done it, but it would also be delicious sprinkled over some greek yogurt or your favorite ice cream.

I had so much fun making this granola yesterday morning mostly because it was the first day my back felt like it was getting better instead of worse or staying the same. Getting down to go in and out of the oven was much less painful and tedious, sitting at my desk finally doesn’t hurt and yesterday and today were the first days since I hurt my back over a week and a half ago, that I didn’t cry from the pain and frustration. I think I am on the mend folks!! Cross your fingers and send me more of those healing thoughts – I miss yoga terribly and I can’t wait to be back to feeling like my normal self again. This granola definitely made it feel like I am taking a step in the right direction. Enjoy.

 

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola
By the way – is anyone else as obsessed with jars as I am? I want to store everything in jars, they just look so pretty on the countertop and in the pantry.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

1 cup fresh pumpkin puree (canned will also work here, but fresh is much tastier)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup or agave (I used honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (if you are gluten intolerant, be sure these are certified gluten-free oats. I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup hulled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
 (pepitas)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup of dried cranberries (you can mix and match your dried fruits as you wish, I just used what I had in the pantry)
1/4 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pecans
, roughly chopped (almonds or walnuts would also be delicious)
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 300ºF.
Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. You can also use a roasting pan, which is nice since you can just mix all of the ingredients right in it, without losing things over the edge.

Combine all of your dry ingredients, oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit etc., in a large bowl (or in your roasting pan). Mix well.

In a small bowl stir together all wet ingredients plus your spices (pumpkin, honey, spices, etc).

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until well coated. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes.

If you aren’t using a roasting pan, spread the granola on the baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes. Toss every 10 minutes or so to provide even toasting.

Let cool completely – it will get crispier as it cools. Keep in airtight container.

 

 

Here are a few of my other favorite pumpkin recipes:

 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie


Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus


Pumpkin, Ricotta & Gruyere Pasta Casserole (gluten-free)

Pumpkin, Ricotta & Gruyère Pasta Casserole (gluten-free)


Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Hazelnuts and Cranberries

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Hazelnuts and Cranberries


Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds


Vegan Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream


Sugar Pumpkin (aka Pie Pumpkin)

Skip the canned junk. How to make your own pumpkin puree.

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1 Eva@ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com October 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I love home made granola. This sounds delicious. I’ll bookmark it for when my best friend comes to visit, she is also gluten intolerant.

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2 Tasty Yummies October 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I know I am loving homemade granola so much, too. I think I will definitely be making it all the time now. Hope your friend enjoys it as much as I do.

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3 Stephanie @SnackingonSunshine October 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Perfect timing for this post! I love pumpkin in the fall and I’m always looking for new ways to use it. All of these look delish!

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4 Tasty Yummies October 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Thanks – I am just so obsessed with pumpkin right now, I wanna put it into everything I make. I am working on some fun pumpkin cookie recipes this weekend, so be sure to check back next week!

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5 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Wow all the pumpkin recipes look awesome…from the ice cream to the hummus and everything else. Delish!

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6 Tasty Yummies October 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Thank you. I have yet to meet a pumpkin dish I didn’t love :)

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7 cyndeehule October 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

this recipe is in he oven right now!! Haha, I love this already too much! Will feature it on my blog soon! Thanks for a great fall recipe! Love it!

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8 Tasty Yummies October 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

YAY! You’ll have to let me know what you think of it. I have been enjoying it all week for breakfast.

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9 cyndeehule October 16, 2011 at 2:17 am

I’ve been loving it too! eat like almost half of it today!! haha Just posted it, if you wanted to see how it turned out!! http://www.gangybuffet.com
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10 Kris October 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Ohhhh my goodness!!! This granola looks store bought! My granola NEVER looks this good!! LOL! I can’t wait to try it!!!

And these muffins….swoon!

xxoo

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11 Brittany Breaux November 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

This stuff is great! I just made it and can’t stop eating it! Clumps nicely and not too sweet :)

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12 Mollie *The Almond Flower* September 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

I linked to your recipe in my post for Honey Pecan Pie Pumpkin Bars”

http://www.thealmondflower.com/2013/09/honey-pecan-pumpkin-pie-bars-gluten.html

Your granola looks so tasty- can’t wait to eat it this fall!
xoxo
Mollie
TheAlmondFlower.com

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13 Lauren Benson October 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

I used homemade apple butter instead of pumpkin puree and added diced apples to make yummy apple spice granola! Do you think it should be stored in the fridge because of the apples? Dried apples probably would have been better suited, but I didn’t have any on hand. Thanks!

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14 tastyyummies October 2, 2013 at 8:26 am

That sounds amazing Lauren, I love it. To be totally honest with you, I am not sure about the fridge. I recently made an apple spice granola here for the site made with fresh apples and I didn’t store it in the fridge. Just a tightly capped mason jar at room temperature and I didn’t have any issues at all. I suppose if the apples are quite large and fairly moist, I might consider the fridge. Hope that helps a little.

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15 Lauren Benson October 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Oh, thank you so much! I’m sure I’ll go through it pretty quickly anyhow, so I’ll skip the fridge! I searched your site, but I guess it didn’t come up since it was on Free People? Well, I have it now, and will definitely use it as a reference in the future!

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16 tastyyummies October 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm
17 Lauren October 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

Sweet! Thank you!

18 VaGF October 21, 2014 at 5:56 am

I made this granola yesterday, and it is delicious, but it isn’t really crunchy. I baked it for 40 minutes, with stirring/tossing every 10, but it was in a thick layer in the pan. Should I have used a bigger pan or cooked for longer to get it crispy? Or maybe try a bit of oil? I love the taste though, I also had some with almond milk. I didn’t have any sesame seeds or apricots, so I upped the pumpkin seeds and rainsins – a very delicious, very versatile recipe – Thanks!

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