Chunky Pumpkin Spice Granola ~

I had a wonderful couple weeks off of work. I still haven’t caught up on my blog reading and at this point it seems seriously overwhelming….I think I may follow a few too many blogs on feedly but it’s just so hard to eliminate some when there are so many good ones!

For Christmas we went down to Nate’s moms, as I told you guys last week, and I got some great Christmas presents that can be used in the kitchen! I got a scone pan (I’ll let you know how it works), a donut pan (expect a recipe using this when I break it in!), an Alice Waters cookbook and the Flavor Bible. The Flavor Bible is something I read about on another blog and it tells you all kinds of awesome flavor combos to help develop recipes. I can’t wait to get into it. 

Chunky Pumpkin Spice Granola ~

Nice big chunks!

A present that I gave rather than received, however, is this Pumpkin Spice Granola. My mother-in-law eats granola for breakfast every single day (you can see where Nate gets his routine eating habits from) and she told me that she specifically likes nuts and seeds in her granola but no dried fruit, and that she likes the kind that has big clumps. According to her, this combo is quite hard to find, so I thought making her some would be the perfect Christmas present. 

I also gave her one of the awesome paperweights we made when we went glass-blowing for Nate’s bday present. I forgot to tell  you guys about that! 

We went up to Beacon, NY to this awesome little shop call Hudson Beach Glass. For Nate’s bday I got us a lesson to do together, which really involved each of us separately making a paperweight while the other person watched.

Hudson Beach Glass glassblowing lesson ~

Nate went first. We were allowed to chose the style of paperweight we wanted, and we both chose the kind that has that swirl inside.We got to choose 2-3 colors to swirl. Nate chose red and gold, while i chose purple, blue and green. The pic of him above is putting the first color on his glass. Because he only chose two colors, he had to put a white background color so those colors would stand out better.

And here’s me with my three colors.

Hudson Beach Glass glassblowing lesson ~

After the colors go on and you melt them in the hot furnace, you twist them together:

Hudson Beach Glass glassblowing lesson ~

After twisting the colors together, you smooth the glass out using this wooden cup so it ends up round.

Hudson Beach Glass glassblowing lesson ~


Hudson Beach Glass glassblowing lesson ~

And here’s Nate’s finished piece right before it went in the oven to slowly “cool” from the super hot temp it was to, eventually, room temp. You can’t see the true colors until it has cooled. The red you see now is mainly the hot glass that would eventually become clear.

Hudson Beach Glass glassblowing lesson ~

So pretty, right?!

It was super fun and our teacher, Kathleen, was so knowledgeable and cool. I highly recommend it! Sorry I didn’t take a pic of the finished paperweights but they looked kind of like this but multicolored in the colors we chose.

But back to my granola! I read that the trick for clumpy granola is to add an egg white before baking and not to stir it! Halfway through I gave the giant clumps a flip and then just left it alone. Obviously you can alter the ingredients you put in this (dried fruit, more or less sugar, etc). 

Chunky Pumpkin Spice Granola ~

 It’s great served with yogurt or milk! 

Chunky Pumpkin Spice Granola
Yields 6
A chunky seed and nut granola with spiced pumpkin flavor!
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  1. 3 cups quick oats
  2. 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  3. 3/4 tsp salt
  4. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  5. 3/4-1 cup pumpkin
  6. 2 Tbsp oil
  7. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 3/4 cup chopped pecans (not toasted)
  10. 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  11. 1 egg white, lightly whisked
  12. 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, roasted (if you can find unroasted then add them along with the nuts)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine everything except nuts, egg white and seeds.
  3. When thoroughly mixed, add in nuts and egg white and mix well. You can add the seeds now too if you managed to find raw/unroasted seeds.
  4. Spread everything out onto the prepared baking skeet in an even layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes then flip the granola over, taking care not to break it into pieces more than necessary.
  6. Sprinkle seeds onto granola and bake an additional 20-25 min or until crisp and golden. Remove the outer crispy pieces as necessary to prevent them from burning. The largest pieces may still seem slightly chewy inside but they will crisp up when they dry.
  7. Remove pieces to a wire rack over a baking pan to catch the smaller pieces. Once cooled, break granola up as desired into smaller pieces. Store in an airtight container.
  1. Great topped with yogurt or milk!


  1. Pumpkin Spice Granola sounds so good! Love the big chunks! The glass blowing looks like so much fun. That’s something I’ve never even thought about doing. Happy New Year Amy!

    • Thanks, Christin :) The glass blowing was awesome! I highly recommend doing it for a fun experience. Plus, you get to take home the memory with whatever you make.

  2. I love pumpkin spice granola, I will have to try your trick for making it chunky sometime! Glad you had a good holiday break, glass blowing looks like it was a lot of fun!

  3. Happy New Year Amy!
    I love the paperweight…t’s so pretty! My daughter goes to Corning, NY a lot, which is about a three hour drive from Buffalo, and another 3 hours to Beacon! She’s made some absolutely beautiful ornaments there, and has surprised me with a couple for me!

    I love this pumpkin spice granola recipe. I’ve been looking for different things that I could make at home, and easy enough to pack up to take to work. This looks like one of those perfect recipes!! I’ll let you know when I make it!! <3

    • Thanks, Prudy! Oh yeah, you could make ornaments at this place too!! I might go back and do that because it was so much fun.This recipe is definitely portable for work. Yes, let me know if you make it!

  4. Yum! Pumpkin granola sounds amazing! I also love the super chunky granola (and am not fond of too many nuts – I’m nutty enough!) so yours would fit the bill perfectly! Your glass-blowing looks awesome! I’ve been keeping an eye out for this year – I see a groupon for a shop around here every now and again and Aaron’s been dying to try it.

    • Thanks, Natalie! I’m a fan of big chunks but like when there’s some dried fruit in it. Yes, def try glassblowing if you can find a place that does lessons!!! It was awesome.

  5. Yes! You found a chunky granola recipe! I’ll have to use your recipe as inspiration next time I made granola.

  6. I love The Flavor Bible. It’s super-helpful when you’re trying to put together a dish and want to know what things work well together. The glass-blowing looks like an amazing experience!

  7. Chunky granola is the only way to go!

  8. LOVE a great granola recipe, for SURE! Granola over greek yogurt is my go to snack all year long, and you’re right: the trick to clumpy granola is to be lazy and not stir it: works every time. :)
    I want to glass-blow SO BADLY right now; your paperweights are beautiful! I remember when i was little seeing a glass-blowing demo and it was the coolest thing ever (especially when you’re a kid, b/c liquid glass? mind = blown), so i’d love to do that sometime. It looks like you and Nate had so much fun!

    • Thanks, Shannon :) Mmm, I love granola over yogurt- though I’m partial to granola with milk.
      You should totally find a glass blowing place that does lessons and do it with Tim! It was really a lot of fun.

  9. Funny but I’ve also got granola on my mind this week. I’ve never made it at home because I’m afraid I’ll eat it all myself in a few days. I am like your mother in law – I like nuts and seeds, not dried fruit – so this is awesome. I like some chunks but it doesn’t have to be huge or a ton of it (not sure why I’m going over all my personal preferences!).
    And the glass-blowing – what a great gift and how fun (yet dangerous-looking!). The paperweight came out great, too.

    • Hehe. Oh my gosh, I totally feel you. I’m glad I had to give that granola away because I had already started picking at it every time I walked by. The glass blowing was a bit scary at first but really safe, especially with a good instructor. Thanks, Monica :)

  10. The egg white is totally the trick! Such a cool class.

    Nice to see you back here:)

  11. Yay, I’m a big lover of big chunks in my granola, so I’ll definitely try the egg white trick! This looks fantastic. Oooh I want it for breakfast now!
    And that class sounds super fun! ;–)

  12. sprinklesandsauce

    Love this granola! Nicely done with glassblowing!

  13. So… did your mother-in-law love the clumpy granola or what? (you can see where Nate gets his routine eating habits from… heeheeheeh) — you’re so smart to have researched it… I would have been fiddling forever trying to achieve the elusive clump. The blown glass looks freakishly hot!! (I’d be petrified) but what a great effect/result and it sounds like you kids had lots of fun. Can’t believe you didn’t snap your finished product :( (I get the idea though – very nice!).

    • She said she did love it! Haha, I always google before trying to figure things out on my own. The glass was REALLY hot…molten hot. Nate’s scared of hot/sharp objects so I was pretty surprised he was game, but he did so well. I promise I’ll get a pic of the finished product sometime ;) sorry!!

  14. That granola looks delicious, and what a thoughtful gift! I’ve seen glass blowing done before and it always seems so cool. I never thought about taking a class to do it myself! You and Nate do the coolest things.

    • Thanks, Nicole :) I always like giving useful/edible gifts. Glass blowing was a blast! Def do it. Haha, I have to say that Nate is responsible for all the cool things we do…if it were up to me I’d stay at home watching HGTV from the couch all weekend.

  15. So happy to see you back, I was about ready to shoot you a email to say hi! I can’t wait for your donut recipes, oh no I cant. This glass blowing class sounds pretty fun and it turned out lovely, love all the colors!

    • Thank you so much, Pamela! I know, I kind of dropped off the face of the earth. Man, how am I going to find a donut recipe to top that delicious one you made? I think I’ll prob start with yours to get the hang of it before creating my own recipe ;) The glass blowing was so much fun.

  16. Horray for the Flavor Bible!!!

    I’m really excited to read about your glassblowing experience because that’s what Scott’s sister got us for Christmas! I haven’t booked it yet but now I’m really hoping it’s a paperweight class.

    You guys look fantastic. Happy New Year, Amy!

    • Hehe. Do you use the Flavor Bible?? I can’t wait to have time to read it…although it might not be for quite a while. Oh my gosh, she got you a glassblowing lesson for christmas?! What an awesome coincidence!!! You will have SO MUCH FUN. It was really great to learn something new and get to take something home (well actually you get it a week later after it cools). Have fun! Can’t wait to hear about it!!!

  17. What a cool trick, I never knew that!! The Flavor Bible looks amazing, I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it. I also love clumpy granola so this is great!

  18. oh that glass work looks amazing and this granola is utterly delectable,thanks for sharing :-)

  19. Glass blowing looks like so much fun! I’ve never seen photos of it in action before. And this granola! oh man! Sweet goodness in a mason jar.

  20. The granola looks fantastic but I couldn’t imagine it without dried fruit. :)

    What a clever birthday present to give to someone. Not only did you get paperweights, you made a memory to last a lifetime.

    • Thanks, Maureen! I’m with you…I prefer dried fruit in my granola. The glassblowing really was fun and it’s totally cool that we have something to remember it be :)

  21. Your pumpkin spice granola sounds fantastic Amy! The big chunks are my favorite part too and I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! Pinning :) Your holidays sounded great and this glass blowing class looks like so much fun and the colors turned out really pretty!

    • Thanks, Kelly! I’ll have to post a pic of the actual finished glassblowing product…i hadn’t taken a pic so that was just an example of the swirl design.

  22. I like your glass blowing pictures, looks fun. This granola sounds lovely too.

  23. Wow!! This looks so delicious!! I love pumpkin flavored things! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope that you have a great week!

  24. Granola is one of my favorite homemade gifts to give, too :) That glass blowing class is AWESOME!!

  25. Oh yes please!! I’m living in France for the next few months and haven’t been able to find one in the stores I like, so was planning to whip up a batch or two myself. Will definitely give your recipe a try!

  26. i struggle when it comes to organizing and catching up on posts too. Well, maybe its time to weed some out. That class sounds soo interesting, I wonder if they have anything in Dallas.. homemade gifts are the best, thats very thoughtful of you to make.

    • I’m still so behind…and especially behind on commenting, as you can see. I’m SURE they have a class like that in Dallas…check it out :)

  27. What thoughtful gifts for Nate’s mother…I’m sure she loved them.

  28. I love granola. I especially love big hunks of sweet oats and nuts. This looks amazing, and so do your paper weights. Happy New Year!

  29. It sounds like my granola preferences are very similar to your mother-in-laws! I can’t wait to make this. And the glass blowing house looks so cool!

  30. Glassblowing! HOLY COW!! That is a prime example of the sort of opportunity I long for, living up here in the middle of nowhere. My mind jumps first to museums, then good libraries, then concerts, then ethnic grocery stores, then crazy stuff like this! so cool, glad you guys had such a great time:)

    • Aw, well if it makes you feel any better (prob not), I’d prefer to live in the middle of the Maine woods with nothing to do than in nyc with 1000 things to do. Nate most definitely agrees with you though…which is why, unfortunately, I will never get to experience nature like that… Thanks, Emma ;)

  31. How fun was that glassblowing lesson?! We went to a glass factory in Murano, Italy a few years back and I loved watching the professionals do it. I kept thinking the whole time how fun it would be to do it myself. I am impressed! What a fun and memorable way to spend a birthday! :) BTW that granola looks amazing too. Anything pumpkin flavored is enough to make me want to give it a try! Pinned!

    • Oh my gosh, I bet getting a lesson in Murano would be even better :) It was super fun though, you should totally try to do a lesson soon! Thanks, Christina!!

  32. I totally feel you, I haven’t been blogging in since the big holidays & new year’s and it is quite hard to follow up blogs on feedly…and I’m catching up! Wow, dessert pans – I want a donut and scone pan! Nice captures of the paperweights from your glass-blowing class, these are pretty colors! I hardly eat granola anymore, but I would love to have a pumpkin-spiced cereal soon! -Rika

    • Hehe, glad I’m not the only one! I already forgot that I got a scone and donut pan…i really need to do something about that. Thanks, Rika :)

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