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Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Granola

I love making homemade granola. Not only does it taste good, but it makes the house smell amazing. I usually stir up a new recipe every time I make granola. I can’t help myself. There are so many flavors to play around with. This time I went with a fall theme and made a batch of pumpkin granola.

Pumpkin, applesauce, and maple syrup bind the oats together so there is no need for butter or oil. I used pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg to give the granola a prominent pumpkin spice flavor. The pumpkin spice aroma traveled throughout the house and lingered for hours-much better than a pumpkin candle:)

When the granola was finished baking, I stirred in dried cranberries and pepitas. I didn’t add nuts because Josh is allergic, but feel free to add in a handful or two. Almonds or pecans would be a delightful addition. I love the large crunchy clumps in this granola. If you aren’t a clumpy fan, just break them up. This pumpkin granola is good eaten plain, as a yogurt topping, or with a splash of cold milk.

Pumpkin Granola


5 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pepitas


1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated. They will be moist. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.

4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and stir. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and stir in dried cranberries and pepitas. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

*Note-serve granola with yogurt, milk, or enjoy plain.

Adapted from Baking Bites

If you like this pumpkin granola, you might also like:

Maple Almond Granola from Two Peas and Their Pod
Granola with Coconut, Dried Cranberries, and Almonds from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cherry, Prune, and Almond Granola from Food Blogga
Homemade Granola from Amanda’s Cookin

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269 Responses to “Pumpkin Granola”

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  1. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — October 1, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    My favorite granola! I LOVE that there is no added oil or butter but it still looks crunchy and perfect. I’ll have to throw a batch together this weekend, no candle needed :) Thanks Maria!

    • twopeas replied: — October 1st, 2010 @ 7:54 am

      You are welcome Jennifer!

  2. Erica — October 1, 2010 @ 4:46 am

    I am obsessed with homemade granola! And I am the same way- the ingredients shift every time! I’ve been purchasing my ingredients through oh nuts (online website) and getting raw pepitas. I like baking them right in with my mix. Hope you guys have a nice weekend

  3. Heather — October 1, 2010 @ 5:56 am

    Yum! I love granola and this sounds like the perfect fall granola. I will have to make this to bring along with me to SF. A great snack to have on the flight over! :)
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — October 1, 2010 @ 6:04 am

    I am printing this off now and making it tonight!! Great recipe that doesn’t have any oil or butter. I also love that you added pepitas!

    • twopeas replied: — October 1st, 2010 @ 7:53 am

      No butter or oi is necessary! The pumpkin and applesauce do the trick:)

  5. maggy@threemanycooks — October 1, 2010 @ 6:04 am

    I need no convincing. I am making this!!

  6. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — October 1, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    I can’t wait to make this! YUMMMMMY! Bring some with you to SF :)

    • twopeas replied: — October 1st, 2010 @ 7:53 am

      I will try to bring some in my suitcase:)

  7. Jenny Flake — October 1, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    Mmmmm! I am loving this recipe maria, looks fabulous!

  8. marla {family fresh cooking} — October 1, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    I bet your house smells amazing when you make this granola – you are right, it is great for anytime at all :) xo

  9. tiffany (food finery) — October 1, 2010 @ 6:51 am

    ooooh this is such a fall sounding treat! i love it!

  10. Kalynskitchen — October 1, 2010 @ 6:55 am

    Great recipe! I haven’t had breakfast so I’m drooling.

  11. Camille — October 1, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    I love that there is no butter, oil, or nuts! My 2 little boys are allergic also. I can’t wait to make this!

  12. kat — October 1, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    What a great flavor for granola!

  13. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 1, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    YUM! i can’t wait to try this…it sounds so incredible!

  14. bridget {bake at 350} — October 1, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Wow….pumpkin granola! YOU are genius, my friend! :)

  15. Michelle — October 1, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Ahhhh…nice bowl of goodness for a crisp fall morning!!

  16. Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 1, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    Its the perfect weather for granola making! Especially pumpkin granola! Looks delicious :)

  17. Megan — October 1, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    Perfect timing for this recipe! I have leftover pumpkin puree and homemade applesauce in the fridge… and there are always oats in the pantry! I’m going to try to make this this weekend!

    • twopeas replied: — October 2nd, 2010 @ 11:53 am

      I hope you like it Megan!

  18. Tracy — October 1, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    Wow, does this look amazing! I’ve never made my own granola before and now I really want to try!

  19. Joanne — October 1, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Mm I LOVE pumpkin and the idea of this spooned into some Greek yogurt has me swooning!

  20. Lauren at KeepItSweet — October 1, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    this looks great! all of the pre-made pumpkin granolas I have seen have coconut (wish I strongly dislike) so this is perfect!

  21. nancy@skinnykitchen — October 1, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    I love pumpkin and granola. Thanks for the wonderful, healthy, recipe combining the two!

  22. LOVE IT! What a healthy treat! I’ll share this post on my facebook page.

  23. Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING — October 1, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    I totally need to try this ASAP (maybe even tonight!!!) Thanks for sharing!

  24. Pam — October 1, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    What a great idea! My kids would be crazy about this granola.

  25. What a wonderful fall treat! As it gets cooler, my husband and I like to take more long walks and hikes, and this would be the perfect snack to take along. Thanks for the recipe and beautiful photos!

  26. Katrina — October 1, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Great idea for granola, this looks so healthy and tasty.

  27. Amanda — October 1, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

    Oh pumpkin! Great idea Maria! Hey, and thanks for the shout out! :)

  28. Angie — October 1, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    What a great idea! I love it!

  29. Liz @ LBBakes — October 1, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    I would love this granola over a bowl of warm oatmeal!!

  30. Tessa — October 1, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

    I think you read my mind. I was just wishing for a pumpkin granola recipe since I didn’t feel up to making one up on my own. Yours is pretty healthy too with less oil/butter. Perfect!

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  32. Cara — October 2, 2010 @ 5:33 am

    Sounds wonderful! I have only made granola once, with mostly applesauce as the binder, so it was pretty healthy, and I was thinking about swapping that out with pumpkin for the next batch. Seeing what you’ve done, I guess that should work :) thanks!

  33. SMITH BITES — October 2, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    homemade is MUCH better than store-bought and it does make the house smell festive!

  34. Chris Garboski — October 2, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    I love making my own granola! This version with pumpkin is too good to pass up…thanks for posting! Hope to see you in SF!

  35. Emily Rose — October 2, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    wow this looks so good! I’ve never thought of using pumpkin puree in granola- what a fabulous idea! I made some plain old maple granola last weekend and my little girls gobbled it up in two days! I have to try this one out.

    • twopeas replied: — October 2nd, 2010 @ 11:54 am

      Emily-I hope your little girls enjoy this granola as well!

  36. Love this!!! I love anything pumpkin. I have never even thought to make pumpkin granola! I definitely have to make this soon!

  37. Aggie — October 2, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    Wow! This is perfect!! So good for you. I bet it smells great!

  38. peabody — October 2, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    So making this. I have granola on my oatmeal and this just screams make me.

  39. Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 2, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    What a fabulous idea!! I am so making this too!

  40. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 2, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    Oh yumm! I haven’t made homemade granola, I am going to try this!

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