Pumpkin granola

This past weekend my brother got married, we bought a couch, finished 200+ linear feet of garden bed edging and I made pumpkin granola.

I’m not sure it gets much better than that.

Actually, if someone magically appeared to assemble said (Ikea) couch, it might.

I don’t make granola nearly enough. I really have no idea why. It’s loads cheaper than buying it, you control the ingredients and there’s no reason for any impulsive seasonal Yankee candle purchases when you have this baking away in your oven.

I thought it might’ve been slightly excessive when I threw 4 of the big cans of pumpkin puree in my cart while grocery shopping yesterday (because I have this irrational fear it will disappear overnight), but I take that back now after making this.

I foresee many pumpkin granola breakfasts in my near future.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Pumpkin granola
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Pumpkin granola made with pumpkin spices, pumpkin puree and pumpkin seeds. Grain free, gluten free and paleo.
Recipe type: granola
Serves: about 6 cups
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 medjool dates, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 tablesponns melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix together.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk wet ingredients together.
  4. Pour wet into dry ingredients and mix until combined with a spatula.
  5. Turn mixture out onto baking sheet and spread into an even layer across the entire pan.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring with a spatula every 10 minutes or so.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 20-30 minutes.


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  1. 1

    I immediately showed this pumpkin to my son, he is an pumpkin eater and all I heard was “ooh!” I love this shot especially with that granola. That is a good one :-)

  2. 2

    Love pumpkin granola. I made some a few weeks ago with PB and cranberries and all the fall flavors. I like that yours has dates & coconut….my faves!

  3. 3

    Yah, you got your couch!!! :) You were certainly busy this weekend!!! I love granola! I love that you didn’t add any oats to it!!! Hmmm, I never tried that!! It looks so rustic!!!

  4. 4

    I have this grand plan where I whip up a batch of granola every sunday for the week ahead and how often does it happen? Never. Love the sound of this granola.

  5. 5

    I’ve never made granola, but I know it’s so ridiculously easy to make. When I saw the picture you put of the granola on Instagram, I think I salivated. I’m not ashamed. This sounds delicious and so perfect for the season!

  6. 6
    Julie @ Sweetly Balanced says:

    Looks delish!! I’ve never made my own granola before, but it seems easy enough I think I might try it!! Thanks!!

  7. 7

    MMmmmm I love the addition of dates and coconut! I haven’t seen a paleo granola in a while…this looks like a great alternative!

  8. 8

    Yay, you got your couch! That’s awesome :) I’m with you though, those IKEA couches are a pain to put together. Ugh!

  9. 9

    I love making granola! This looks like a great version.

  10. 10

    This looks and sounds so delicious!

  11. 11

    pfffffffft, 4 cans is TOTALLY not excessive :)

  12. 12

    this may be completely unfounded, but the smell of the yankee candle store is so strong, I think it gives you eye cancer or at least the fits.

  13. 13

    Love the look of this pumpkin granola, Gina! Such a tasty, easy to make fall snack!

  14. 14

    I’m so excited to try this granola! I don’t make granola enough either, and I have no idea why. The smell of it baking should be enough motivation.
    Good luck with the ikea couch – I am horrible at assembling their stuff!

  15. 15
    Corrie Davis says:

    You mentioned Pumpkin puree, Gina. But I didn’t see it in the ingredients. ??? Am I missing it?

    • 16
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I accidentally forgot it originally, but edited this morning to fix the recipe. I see the puree now in the ingredient list. Is it not showing up for you?

  16. 17
    Corrie Davis says:

    Yep, I’m an idiot! I see the pumpkin!! On my way to the kitchen to make this right now!!

  17. 19

    PUMPKIN GRANOLA!! yum will have to try this, pinning it for later ;)

  18. 20

    Weddings and couches – and pumpkin granola – great weekend for sure!

  19. 21

    I don’t make granola nearly enough either! Every time I make it, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. I love your version of it! Sounds and looks so good!

  20. 22

    This is a granola that must be made. And I am one of those loonies that stocks up on all the cans of pumpkin I can, too. Because yeah, sure, they might just run out over night… irrational pumpkin fiends, unite!

  21. 23

    mmmhhhmm I need this. pinned :)

  22. 24

    I seem to have this weird obsession with pumpkin this year. It’s now a staple that I pick up every time I visit the grocery store. I put it in my oatmeal, my smoothies, my pancakes and now I think I’m going to try it in granola. Thanks for sharing!

  23. 25

    It’s been way too long since I’ve made some granola, and this might be the recipe to break that cycle :)

  24. 26

    You’re site is so awesome Gina. One of my favorites! Can’t wait to try this! I’ve been wanting to make granola.

  25. 27

    This sounds divine (AND not too hard to make!). Will be trying ASAP.

  26. 28

    Made this last night and it was AHHH-mazing! I added some flax seed and used cranberries because I didn’t have any dates, then I had to stop myself from eating the entire batch this morning for breakfast with my almond milk. Delicious and I will be making this again, with dates next time!

  27. 29

    Hey, just stumbled on your blog and love it! This recipe is great, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin and also horde canned pumpkin around this time of year for some reason. I’m definitely going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  28. 30

    Hi Gina,
    Where did you get that perfect little spoon?! I have been looking for them everywhere.
    Also, pumpkin granola-yum ;)
    Thank you!!

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