Well, I’ve made it through my first week of midterms! Just one test left! Plus I’ll be on a normal work schedule this week so I’ll have plenty of time to share deliciousness with the world. You’re welcome. The following recipe is dedicated to my downstairs neighbors’ new dog who likes to bark nonstop for hours starting at around 3AM. Can dogs have PSL? Probably not. No wonder it’s so upset.
Ah, the Pumpkin Spice Latte… Earlier in the year, I was at a local Starbucks picking up my regular soy latte when I saw the poster advertising the return of their classic fall drink. I was so distracted by its foamy, spicy whipped cream-topped visage that I didn’t even hear the barista ask for my order. If only my beloved PSL wasn’t chock full of empty sugar calories. I may have to limit my actual PSL consumption but I can have as much of this low fat, low sugar granola version as my heart desires!
My Pumpkin Spice Latte granola is a yummy snack or an excellent topper for yogurt, ice cream or cereal. You can also use it in this Pumpkin Pie Parfait recipe. A mix of pumpkin, instant coffee, sweeteners and spices mimic the taste of a true pumpkin spice latte. White chocolate chips replace the foamy milk that makes a latte a latte. Apple slices add a tangy flavor while toasted pepitas and pecans add crunch.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup pepitas
¼ cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 packet (.07 oz) instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ cup white chocolate morsels
¼ cup dried apple slices, chopped
Preheat oven to 300° F.
Toast oats on greased baking sheet until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 15 minutes, stirring and rotating sheet twice.
Mix toasted oats, pepitas and pecans in a large bowl.
Whisk honey, water, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla extract, coffee and spices in a small bowl or glass measuring cup until well combined.
Pour liquid over oat mixture, stirring as you pour.
Spread the granola on greased baking sheet. (Mixture will be wet and pack together like a big cookie but don’t worry! We will fix that later.)
Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes, stirring and rotating sheets often. Break up any larger pieces.
Cool on baking sheet on wire rack
Transfer to large bowl and stir in chips and apples once slightly cool.
Store in tightly sealed container for up to 1 month.