Homemade granola is a staple in my house, as is my homemade yogurt. You can rave about your morning juice all you want, but frankly I want to eat something I can crunch. And that’s why you’ll find me almost every morning sprinkling a bunch of granola over my yogurt and topping it with whatever good-looking berries I can find. (Note: in the dead of winter, it’s hard to find good organic berries—you want organic because berries consistently rank near the top of the fruits and vegetables most treated with pesticides. But there’s a great solution for winter, and it’s called jam.)
The great thing about granola is that once you learn a basic recipe, you can change it up based on what you can find at the store (for a reasonable price) or what season it is. My staple recipe, though, is this one. Old-fashioned oats tossed with nuts, pumpkin seeds, and warming spices. It’s gluten-free and perfect for fall, though I eat it year-round. And I gift it too! Make a batch, put it in some glass jars, tie a pretty ribbon around the base of the lid, and you have the perfect holiday, house-warming, or hostess gift.
How to Make Pecan Pumpkin Seed Granola:
Let’s get started. First, line a 1/2 sheet pan (or a cookie sheet with sides) with foil or parchment paper. Then mix all your dry ingredients together in a medium bowl: oats, nuts, brown sugar, spices, and salt. I like to add a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds as well—you can’t really taste them in the final product, but chia seeds add fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as being packed with antioxidants.
Pour your honey and oil into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low. Watch closely because you just want the two liquids to blend together and warm up—you don’t want it to boil or burn. When the liquid is ready, pour it into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until all the liquid is incorporated. Then spread out evenly over your sheet pan.
Pop it in the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes. Stir, and set another 10 minute timer. Stir, and set the time for 5 minutes. Check to see whether your granola is brown enough for you—you can let it go another 5 minutes if you like.
When it’s done, cool it in its pan on a cooling rack, then crumble it with a spatula or your fingers and store in an airtight container. It will last a few weeks at least, though mine never sits around that long—I doubt yours will either!
For a great breakfast idea, make this along with my Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie or my Cherry Chia Seed Smoothie! This granola would also be delicious as a replacement for the biscoff or amaretti cookies in a parfait. You might want to try it in my Strawberry Parfait with Mascarpone Cream or my Mango Coconut Yogurt Parfait.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup almonds (raw, not salted or roasted)
- 3 T. light brown sugar, packed
- 2 T. flax seeds (optional)
- 3/4 t. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 t. ground ginger
- 1/2 t. kosher salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 T. vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
- Mix oats in a medium-large bowl with the next 7 ingredients.
- Pour honey and vegetable oil into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low until the honey and oil start to bubble and come together smoothly.
- Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir until the liquid is incorporated.
- Spread on prepared baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until nicely browned.
- Cool sheet pan on rack, stir granola, and store in airtight container or ziplock bag.
If you are looking for a gluten-free recipe, make sure your oat package confirms that the oats are completely gluten-free. Oats themselves are, but some commercially produced oats can be contaminated by being processed in a facility that also processes wheat.
Granola can be stored for at least a couple of weeks at room temperature in a sealed container.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 546Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 314mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 9gSugar: 23gProtein: 12g
Nutrition information is provided as a general reference for users courtesy of the online nutrition calculator Nutritionix.