There's nothing quite like the warm and comforting spices of autumn.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove just seem to bring about happy feelings and make you want to sigh with contentment.
Why not bring that happiness to a morning bowl of granola? Or afternoon yogurt parfait topped with crunchy goodness?
This pumpkin spice granola recipe actually came about by accident. You see, I usually make the following granola recipe with cinnamon alone, but this time I only grabbed the pumpkin pie spice by mistake. Thankfully it was a happy accident, with tasty results.
Besides eating as simple granola or using in a parfait, this would be delicious sprinkled on top of a smoothie, especially a pumpkin one!
Granola also makes a great gift. Package in cellophane bags or glass jars for a pretty look.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola Recipe
Makes approximately 5 cups of granola.
4-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup shelled, raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
1-1/2 cups sliced almonds
1-1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup avocado oil (or melted coconut oil)
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (here's my homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe or get it from Mountain Rose Herbs).
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, place oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir to combine.
Add maple syrup and avocado oil. Stir until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Spread evenly on lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes until granola begins to brown. Remove from the oven and stir with a metal spatula. Return to oven and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until light golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Once completely cool, pour into an airtight container and close with lid. I like to store mine in a large glass jar. It looks so pretty!
Will keep at room temperature for about one month.
Note: Pumpkin Pie Spice is 20% off at Mountain Rose Herbs until tonight!
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