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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola is loaded with oats, nuts, maple syrup and cranberries and then lightly toasted in the oven. It couldn’t be easier to make this Fall flavored snack.

Pumpkin spice granola has been a household favorite for years now. In fact, we’ve been making it for almost a decade. It’s become something of a tradition for our family to bake up this snack as soon as the temperatures start to cool. In fact, we make it about the same time of year as our Pumpkin Roll recipe, Cranberry Orange Bread, Homemade Pumpkin Cake.

A top-down of the snack served in a large bowl.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola Recipe:

There are only 7 ingredients needed to prepare this snack. Most of which can be easily found in the baking aisle of your local supermarket. We like to use our homemade pumpkin pie spice. It’s a little heavy on the cinnamon, just something to keep in mind if you decide to make it. Store bought pumpkin pie spice is a great option, too.

Pumpkin spice granola makes a great snack. It’s also wonderful tucked into a sack lunch to enjoy with a piece of fruit and a half sandwich. The best part about this granola? It’s totally customizable! Make it dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, or nut-free.

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Granola

  1. Preheat the oven to 225°F, and lightly spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the rolled oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.
  3. Transfer the granola mixture to the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool. Once the granola has cooled, add the cranberries.
  6. Serve immediately.
Collage showing how to make pumpkin spice granola.

Tips and Variations:

  • Make this treat in advance and store it in decorative mason jars. Give it to family or friends as a homemade gift this holiday season.
  • Swap out the walnuts and pecans for almonds, macadamias, or your other favorite nuts.
  • Dried cranberries add a sweet and slightly tart flavor. Not a fan of cranberries? Substitute them with raisins instead.
  • Use a flavored honey, like wildflower or orange blossom, in place of maple syrup for a different flavor profile.
  • Be sure to break apart any lumps that may form when you’re mixing the granola. Lumps will stay soft as the granola bakes and don’t toast as well as separated granola.
A close-up view of the toasted snack in a bowl.

Is this granola gluten-free?

This granola is gluten-free assuming the oats and other ingredients are certified gluten-free. There are not bread products in this recipe. Pumpkin spice granola is also dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free (if you omit the walnuts and pecans).

Can I use quick oats in this recipe?

Rolled oats (old fashioned oats) are the best option for this recipe. Quick oats aren’t a great option, because they don’t toast as well and they absorb liquid too quickly.

Can this recipe be doubled?

Yes, it can easily be doubled or even tripled. If you want to add extra of only 1 or 2 ingredients, you may need to increase the maple syrup to ensure there’s enough liquid to coat all the ingredients evenly.

Storage Options:

Room Temperature: Pumpkin spice granola stores well in an airtight container or Ziploc bags for about 7 days.

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A small bowl filled with pumpkin spice granola.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Yield: About 6 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Pumpkin Spice Granola is loaded with oats, nuts, maple syrup and cranberries and then lightly toasted in the oven. It couldn't be easier to make this Fall flavored snack.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup pecans, halved
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • ½ cup walnuts, halved
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 225°F, and lightly spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the rolled oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup. Stir well to make sure all the ingredients are well mixed.
  3. Transfer the granola mixture to the prepared baking sheet, and spread into an even layer.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the granola from the oven, and allow to cool. Stir in the cranberries and enjoy!
  6. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of about 2 ounces (¼ cup). Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 2 Ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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