Pumpkin Spice Latte Big Cluster Granola
Confession-I hate pumpkin spice lattes. I have tried to like them. I just do not. I was playing around with my granola recipe, and despite my dislike for pumpkin lattes, I decided to add some espresso and pumpkin. Y'all, I cannot stop munching on this goodness. Plain, with milk, or topped with yogurt and fresh berries, this stuff is delish!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 teaspoons instant espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoon honey
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix oats, coconut, all seeds and nuts. In a small pot, melt butter over medium heat until brown. The butter will melt, foam and then turn into a delicious amber brown color. Once browned, remove from heat and pour in maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and coconut oil. Whisk together, making sure you scrape up the browned bits from the bottom. Sprinkle espresso powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla on top. Stir to combine.
Pour liquid over oat mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Spread granola on a parchment lined cookie sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of honey. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stir, making sure it is getting evenly browned. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of honey over the top and return to oven for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle remaining one tablespoon of honey over the top. Let cool for 5 minutes. Spray the bottom of a glass with cooking spray and flatten the granola in the pan. Let granola cool completely (about one hour) and break up into big clusters.
We have been loving this fall weather! We have been spending as much time outside as possible. Here are a few snapshots of our life lately.