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Pumpkin Spiced Fall Granola


pumpkin spiced fall granola // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #recipeI love fall. I love the arrival of September, and with it the abundance of apples, pumpkins, and squash. I love seeing the leaves change, and I love returning to soups and stews that warm you up from head to toe. Fall is the season of sweaters, pumpkin lattes, caramel apples, and Halloween. Fall is the season of Thanksgiving, my favourite holiday. Fall is what it means to be cozy. “Fall,” as Lauren DeStefano writes, “has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

Last week I was bundled in a sweater, sipping a pumpkin latte while taking the dog for a walk through the park. Today, I am back in a summer dress and sandals. Although the weather in St. Louis has been swaying between warm and cool, my mind is already in fall overdrive. I’m making apple crisps, acorn squash, and this weekend, I made a fall-inspired granola. I used oats as the base for the granola, with red quinoa, dried cranberries, goji berries, and pumpkin seeds that stand out like jewels among the browned, toasted oats and pecans. Smothered in a maple pumpkin puree, this granola not only looks like fall, but also tastes like fall. Hurry up, sweater weather. I’m waiting for you.

(Note: the pumpkin latte was made with real baked pumpkin and maple syrup. No gross syrup here- just the good stuff!)pumpkin spiced fall granola // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #recipe

pumpkin spiced fall granola // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #recipe

Pumpkin Spiced Fall Granola
*yields 6 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup red quinoa
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup apple chips
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the oats, red quinoa, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, goji berries, spices, coconut sugar, and salt. I found that adding the apple chips in with the granola and pumpkin purée in the oven made them soggy, so set them aside for after.
  3. Pour the granola mixture into the baking tray.
  4. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk the pumpkin purée with the coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
  5. Remove the pumpkin mixture from the heat, and pour over the dry granola mixture.
  6. Using a spatula, spread the pumpkin purée over the dry granola, spreading it evenly and coating as much granola as possible.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove the baking tray from the oven every ten minutes to flip and stir the granola. Once it has been in the oven for 20 minutes, mix it every few minutes to make sure the granola is evenly toasted.
  8. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool. Once cool, add the apple chips and mix well.
  9. Enjoy as it is, or with your milk of choice.

What’s your favourite thing about fall? What kind of granola do you like? Let me know in the comments below!

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

Thanks Gina for the feedback on the granola. I have since updated the recipe with your suggestions : )

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18 Comments

  1. Carter
    September 29, 2014

    I am so excited to make this!! I’ll have to wait until after midterms… but autumn will be in full swing by then, and this granola will be the perfect reward. Lately I’ve been making a lot of granola with a honey & chiaseed-gel slurry as the wet-ingredient binder, and I am looking forward to trying something new.

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    • genevieve y
      October 2, 2014

      Thanks lovely! Good luck with midterms and I hope you like the granola!

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  2. Emma @em-poweredwellness
    September 30, 2014

    Yum I can’t wait to try that granola recipe, I am obsessed with pumpkin-flavored everything! Last year I ate so much pumpkin that the palms of my hands started turning orange haha

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    • genevieve y
      October 2, 2014

      Thanks Emma! I’m obsessed with pumpkin everything, too :P

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  3. Shashi @ runninsrilankan
    September 30, 2014

    My favorite thing about fall is I can come out of the closet with my year-round-pumpkin eating habit! :)
    I adore pumpkin – but never had any luck with using the seeds- this granola is wonderful!

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    • genevieve y
      October 2, 2014

      Haha Shashi, me too! I always toast the seeds with a little salt- they’re so tasty! Hope you like the granola :)

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    • genevieve y
      October 2, 2014

      Thank you April, me too :)

      Reply
  4. Sam
    September 30, 2014

    this recipe looks divine. How does one make a real pumpkin spice latte? Can’t wait to try the granola!

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    • genevieve y
      October 1, 2014

      Thanks Sam! I’m actually doing a post on how to make your own pumpkin spice latte at home, so stay posted!

      Reply
  5. Becca from It's Yummi!
    October 1, 2014

    Your granola is such a pretty color! It looks delicious

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  6. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    October 1, 2014

    Lovely! Granola always has my heart!

    Reply
  7. MommyNamedApril
    October 2, 2014

    this looks wonderful! i love pumpkin everything :-D

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  8. Kelli @Hungry Hobby
    October 2, 2014

    This looks delicious! Pinning!

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  9. Judy
    October 5, 2014

    Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker ! I hope to see you there!
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  10. rachel
    October 7, 2014

    love this so much! I love anything pumpkin!

    Reply

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