Happy Fall Everyone!

Today is officially the start of Fall (or Spring if you’re in the Southern hemisphere), so it’s time to whip out those can openers for those dozens of cans of Pumpkin you’ve stored up.

What? You don’t excessively hoard pumpkin?!

Oh well, I guess that’s just me.

Do you know what goes hand and hand with Fall and Pumpkin?

What’s in the bag?

Godiva Coffee!

FoodBuzz partnered with Godiva Coffee, and sent me these two limited time-only seasonal coffee blends: Caramel Pecan Bark and Pumpkin Spice.

Both taste great, but I especially love the pumpkin spice. It tastes just like pumpkin pie! You can find these at most grocery stores.

What goes great with a nice, hot cup of coffee: Granola.

No, not coffee cake, donuts, or pastries (unless you want to get into a sugar coma so early in the morning). Granola.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola

~Granola is not an exact science. I write these measurements down by how I made the granola, but feel free to add more or less of the ingredients, throw in some extra spices, or whatever you like. I don't think granola is meant to be a huge project full of measuring cups and spoons, simply throw in handfuls! This granola is gluten-free (make sure to use gluten-free oats), dairy-free, soy-free, peanut-free, vegan, and, of course, sugar-free!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking oats)*
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts. Or whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit (I used apricots, dates, and prunes. Golden raisins, dried cranberries, and mulberries would work well, too)
  • 1/2 cup seeds (pumpkin, chia, flax)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons ground coffee (I used Godiva's Pumpkin Spice)
  • Spice: 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons whole coffee beans**

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin with spices, salt, and ground coffee.
  3. Next, stir in nuts, fruit, seeds, and granola.
  4. Drizzle and toss with Coconut oil until evenly coated. Do NOT add the whole coffee beans yet.
  5. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every fifteen minutes, or until golden brown. Stir in whole coffee beans after baking.

Notes

*To make this recipe grain-free, simply omit the oats and double the nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. It still tastes great!

**The coffee beans are not required, but I highly recommend adding them. They stay crunchy like the rest of the granola's texture, and it adds that extra bit of coffee flavor. Use decaffeinated beans if you plan on munching on the granola at night, so it won't keep you awake!

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Tastes great with a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte. I made Averie’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, but omitted the sweetener. Still amazing.

Health Benefits: 

  • Oats: Click HERE for a post I wrote about the nutritional benefits of oats.
  • Pumpkin: One cup of pumpkin has 7 grams fiber, 2650 IU Vitamin A, 564 mg potassium! It also boasts a truckload of antioxidants like Alpha-carotene and Beta-carotene.
  • Almonds: Almonds are a major superfood, and they are full of monounsaturated, good-for-you fats. It contains many nutrients that benefit the brain, and regulate cholesterol. The monounsaturated fats and vitamin E reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Coffee: Sometimes people are negative about coffee, and sometimes people are positive. Science suggests these positives: it can increase alertness, rich in antioxidants, can help boost metabolism, can treat migraines, can help prevent Type 2 diabetes. However, it can also be addictive, cause anxiety, osteoporosis, and dehydration. My take: everything in moderation. The studies that show coffee causes osteoporosis were people drinking over four cups of coffee everyday. Drink in moderation.
  • Cinnamon: Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar levels, has anti-clotting effect on blood, and it can boost cognitive function and memory.

Simply grab a handful, sit outside, munch, and enjoy the Fall!

Sprinkle on pancakes, or place in a bowl and drizzle with almond or coconut milk.

Thought-provoking question of the day:

Does it feel like fall yet where you live? For me, not quite yet. I can’t wait for the air to start feeling cooler, though! It is my favorite time of year.

Do you like pumpkin as much as me?

I love it! Pancakes, Brownies, Bread, Sticky Buns, and now lattes and granola!

 

 

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27 Responses to Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola

  1. Yes I do love pumpkin. I never got the chance to make your bread last weekend like I said. BUT, it’s in the oven right now! I’m going on a short trip this weekend and plan to pack slices for snacks :)

  2. dragonflyrunner says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I make LOTS of granola and I always tweak the recipe, but it always includes some sort of liquid sweetener (brown rice syrup seems to work the best). i love the idea of using pumpkin puree as the ‘wet’ ingredient – and I really like the omission of the sugar – can’t wait to give this a try!

  3. I am totally making this. Looks incredible!

  4. Alex, you and your recipes never fail to leave my mouth watering!!! I’ve been looking for a new granola recipe to try so i’m going to have to track down some pumpkin and give this a try! :)

  5. coffee + pumpkin + granola. sign me up! and yes…i love pumpkin! i wish everyone at it all year long cause i sure do :)

  6. chickster says:

    Your table cloth and pictures are beautiful! It’s definitely fall here and every type of pumpkin imaginable is for sale at the markets right now. I looooove pumpkin but never know how to use a whole pumpkin and its pulp fast enough.

  7. Pumpkin latte granola?! I’ve never added coffee to my granola before. I’d be a nice kick in the morning :). Looks so nice and crunchy!

  8. Love this recipe! It definitely feels like fall in MN. We even had our first light frost a week and a half ago. Although, we are anticipating Indian Summer’s arrival this weekend – in the high 70s next week! Wheeee!

  9. Thanks for mentioning the pumpkin spice latte. Glad you liked it!

    Your granola looks fabulous and I would have never thought to add whole coffee beans and how that would taste or work but it sounds great!

  10. that. looks. amazing.
    i am practically nawing my arm off while reading this!!

  11. Anita says:

    genius as usual, such great new ideas.

  12. Shannon says:

    That granola looks yummy! Perfect for the Fall season!

  13. Loving the name of this granola.
    I’ve never attempted to make granola before, your recipe will have to be the first I try :) Fingers crossed it works out!

  14. teabagginit says:

    pumpkin’s pretty much my favorite thing ever … and i have the orange palms to prove it! :)

  15. THAT LOOKS AMAZING! Perfect for a nice fall inspired snack !

  16. yum! this sounds like the perfect fall meal :)

  17. teeneatlive says:

    Oh this sounds wonderful! We ordered a case of pumpkin and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Once it comes, this will be made immediately! :)

  18. Wow! This sounds so good! I must make :) Thanks for sharing.

  19. This looks delicious and like a great present for teachers…thanks!

  20. Kelly says:

    Oh what a great recipe, this looks so delicious! I absolutely love Fall and this is perfect! :)

  21. Kris says:

    I think I am swooning over here!!! Great recipe girl….full of Fall Goodness!! YUM!

    xxoo

  22. wow- what a great pumpkin recipe! love love love homemade granola!

  23. Oh my, I have to try this today! This looks amazing!! Thanks! Happy Fall. :)

  24. […] my weekend breakfast I’ve been eatin’ some of a Spoonful of Sugar Free’s Pumpkin Spice Granola. Shocker, I know, but I don’t really like coffee. So the latte part got replaced with a tsp of […]

  25. Sadie says:

    Pumpkin spice coffee…instant or regular?

    Thanks!

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