One of my favorite quick yet filling breakfasts or snacks to have throughout the day is yogurt, and ever since I made my own granola bars and realized just how easy they are to make at home, I’ve been wanting to make my own granola to have on hand. Of course, given that I am pumpkin-obsessed these days, I couldn’t resist adding it to my first batch of homemade granola, along with a few of my favorite fall flavors. The resulting granola is wonderfully spiced and perfect for stirring into yogurt, sprinkling on top of a warm bowl of steel-cut oats, or just eating by the handful. And of course, what’s great about making your own granola is that you can customize it with whatever you like best – try adding pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried cranberries or raisins, chopped dates, sliced almonds, applesauce, or coconut, for just a few suggestions. Now, what are you waiting for? Go forth and make granola!
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1 1/2 Tbsp millet
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup white chocolate or butterscotch chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8″ baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the oats, spices, millet, and salt.
In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, pumpkin, and honey.
Pour the pumpkin mixture into the oat mixture, and stir to combine. Stir in the chips. Press the mixture into the baking dish.
Bake 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and give it a good stir, then bake 15 minutes longer or until golden brown.
Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.