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Pumpkin Spice Granola

December  1, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Serves 10
Author Notes

Granola is a great alternative to traditional cold cereal, but also serves as a hearty snack or a versatile crunchy topping for yogurt or oatmeal. With a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of creme fraiche, it becomes dessert.

This granola has a warm spiciness and toastiness, and the mahogany syrup adds sweetness with a hint of bitter molasses to keep it interesting. If you want it less sweet, swap unsweetened coconut for sweetened. This granola would also love some pecans (but not for us, with my youngest’s tree nut allergy) in lieu of some of the pumpkinseeds, and dried cranberries or cherries could be exchanged for a few dates to add a pop of color.

Swept up in a clear bag and a pretty ribbon, this would make an ideal holiday or hostess gift. —Tallgrass Kitchen

What You'll Need
  • 4 old fashioned oats
  • 1 raw pumpkinseeds (pepitas)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup neutral vegetable oil (I used safflower)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (make your own by combining a T of cinnamon, a tsp of ground ginger, a grating of fresh nutmeg, and a dash of allspice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon mild molasses
  • 1 vanilla
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups chopped pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkinseed oil, for drizzling (optional)
  1. In large bowl, combine oats, pumpkinseeds, and coconut.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, salt, vanilla, molasses, and pumpkin puree.
  3. Add syrup mixture to oats, and combine well. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place on rack in center of oven, and bake until lightly golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and stir in chopped dates. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy plain, as a yogurt topping, or with milk as cereal. Drizzle with a ribbon of pumpkinseed oil to amp up the toasty, nutty flavor.

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4 Reviews

Tallgrass K. December 4, 2011
a tsp of vanilla
Tallgrass K. December 4, 2011
a tsp of vanilla
susan G. December 3, 2011
and tsp or Tb of vanilla? If you're not getting into an edit page, you can contact them -- [email protected]. I hope you won't be discouraged.
Tallgrass K. December 2, 2011
I'm trying to edit the recipe to fix the missing measurements, but currently the site is not allowing me too. I'll fix it as soon as possible. In the meantime, you need 4 CUPS of oats, and 1 CUP of pepitas. Thanks