Pecan meets pumpkin in this slightly sweet, totally crunchy, and super chunky pumpkin pie granola. It’s the ultimate autumn snack, breakfast, or dessert. All you need is 1 bowl and about 30 minutes to whip up it up.
So let’s talk about what you’re going to need to make this amazing pumpkin pie granola. What makes this granola special is the use of pecan butter. Have you ever tried pecan butter? If not you’re going to be hooked after this recipe. You have been warned…
Now, I usually can only find pecan butter online since it isn’t carried at many of my local grocery stores. And although I’m sure the online brands are good, there’s just nothing like HOME MADE pecan butter (or any nut/seed butter for that matter). And let me tell you…it’s easy. It’s cheap. And it tastes absolutely AMAZING when you make it yourself. But you have to be crazy to make it at home right? I mean, it takes FOREVER and you have to have a super powerful food processor. Right? Wrong, wrong, WRONG!
All you need is 1 1/2 cups of pecans to make enough pecan butter for this recipe. And you’ll even end up having extra to spread on toast, drizzle into oatmeal, dip apples into, or lick right off the spoon (I won’t judge).
So here we go…Dump those lovely little raw pecans into your food processor and process. The stages of pecan butter (or any nut/seed butter) are as follows:
- Flour: After about 30 seconds the nuts will turn into a flour-like consistency.
- Paste: Give it another 1-2 minutes and it will turn into paste. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and continue.
- Thick butter: Another 2-3 minutes and you’ll have a thick butter-like texture. Scrape the sides again. You’re almost there!
- Creamy, delicious, warm pecan butter: Another 2-3 minutes and the thick butter has turned super smooth and pourable. Congratulations! You’ve done it! You can now make your own nut and seed butters at home! Go crazy, get creative, and tell me what you come up with!
After you’ve successfully created the most amazing pecan butter in the world all you have to do is combine it will the other wet ingredients and pour it over the mixed dry ingredients. And if you don’t have pecan butter or don’t want to make it, you can sub almond or sunbutter instead. Bam! Done. Well, kinda…continue reading for my 3 perfect granola tips. Because having an amazing granola recipe is only half the battle.
You have to promise that you’ll follow these tips for making the perfect granola. Because even though you have this awesome recipe, if you fail to do these few simple things your granola might not turn out quite as perfectly as it should.
- First, make sure your rimmed baking sheet is lined with parchment paper or a mat. Otherwise your granola will stick and burn.
- Next, firmly press your raw granola into the baking sheet. Make sure that it is evenly pressed into the pan and that there are no holes in the granola where you can see the parchment paper. Evenly pressed and spread = chunky granola.
- Lastly, LET IT COOL! Please, please resist the urge to break the granola apart when it’s still hot, or even just warm. Letting it cool completely will make it brittle and perfect for breaking into large chunks.
So there you have it! I hope that you have found this post informational. And when you make this granola it’s going to be perfect. I hope that you all enjoy my Pumpkin Pie Granola and as always, please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Ingredient Health Benefits
Oats- vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, fiber
Pumpkin seeds- omega-3 fats, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, fiber
Pecans- thiamine, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, fiber, antioxidants, oleic acid, phytochemicals
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Pumpkin Pie Granola
- 2¾ cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup pecan pieces
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup pecan butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients. Stir well to combine.
- Evenly press granola onto parchment paper. About ¼ inch thick.
- Bake for 25 minutes until fregrant and slightly browned but not burned. Do not stir granola or shake the pan.
- Once completely cooled, break granola into large chunks.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.