Thursday, April 12

Pumpkin Spice Granola

There are so many granola recipes out there. Hundreds, thousands, who knows how many? It drives me crazy! It's simple enough: flavor, clusters, and crunch! Seems like I can only find a really crunchy, clustery granola from a box in the cereal aisle. Most of the homemade granola recipes often deliver itty bitty oatmeal pieces, without those big clusters. What can I say? I LIKE BIG CLUSTERS, And I can not lie!" (That was for Bill). Well, phooey on you, grocery store granola! I have been through about ten on-line recipes with about a hundredish to go. Well, no longer! Granola-in-a-box, "thou are a dull and muddy-mettled rascal!" (trust me, it applies).

So, here is my piece de resistance (trust me, I have NO idea if that applies).  It isn't perfect, but it is getting closer. I will probably keep tweaking it until it gets a little more crunchy. Or I'm dead. Whichever comes first.

Hickok Notes: This recipe isn't for everyone. We happen to love pumpkin in this house. I use it often and really like it in my granola, since, combined with the applesauce, it completely removes the need for any oil. Also, most granola recipes call for brown sugar, which I haven't bought in five years or so. I just make my own with some of my organic evaporated cane juice and molasses (1-2 Tbs. per cup of sugar, depending on how dark you like your brown sugar. You can do this for any recipe that calls for brown sugar). 

Lydia's Super Duper Oodle-Licious Pumpkin Flax Granola 
(too much?)

5 cups thick cut oats
1/2 cup shredded unsweeted coconut
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. all spice
1 tsp. sea salt
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1Tbs. molasses
3/4 cup evaporated cane juice (or sugar)
1/3 cup applesauce

My mix-ins this time: Raisins, Dates, Walnuts

Preheat oven to 325. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the sheet). 

Mix oats, coconut, flax, spices, and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla, molasses, sugar, and applesauce.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir around for a bit until it is equally coated.
Pour the yummies out onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes.
Take out granola and stir it up a bit.
Put it back in for another 15-20 minutes.
Add your favorite combination of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds.
Let cool on the baking sheet for about 20 minutes to crisp up (be sure to snag a few nibbles every minute or so to check on the progress of the crisping). 


  1. Woohoo!! Thanks for sharing!! Will have to give this one a try - I, too, am a fan of clusters but haven't found homemade granola to deliver on that one & store bought is so pricey - especially gluten free!!

  2. other pumpkins can't deny...

    1. Haha! You is funny, Mo!

      (For many, many years I thought the lyric, was, "I like big butts-in-a-can, no lie!" And I always wondered what weird part of pop culture I was unaware of, since I had never seen a product called "Butts-in-a-can." I am now more informed, of both the lyrics and my own stupidity!)

    2. butts-in-a-can, lol :)

  3. Lyd - able to substitute oil (I was thinking Coconut oil) for applesauce? Use less? Still turn out, ya think?

    1. Wow! You've got a winner here! Where do you come across such fantastic recipes??? I actually can't even really taste pumpkin. It is so good! I went ahead with the coconut oil and really like how it turned out. Had to bake it about 15 minutes longer than what the recipe called for, but still turned out fabulously! I'm not even really sure I made it the way you did (used store syrup and not maple syrup; used sweetened coconut, not unsweetened; used flaxseed instead of the ground stuff; only 1/2 c. sugar; and then coconut oil! Can't wait to dive into it (some more) tomorrow morning with some yogurt. Thanks for sharing!

    2. I think I may try that next time, see if the crispiness last longer. Glad you liked it, I loved it!