Healthy Pumpkin Spice Granola

This healthy pumpkin spice granola tastes just like fall! It’s made with no refined sugar and is packed with heart-healthy fats and fiber!

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Pumpkin spice granola in small mason jar with mini colored pumpkins in the background

This recipe is sponsored by my friends at Sprouts.

I caved. I’ll blame it on Starbucks. Now. I haven’t stepped foot in a Starbucks in at least a year. But they dropped their PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) on August 28 and since then my timeline has been full of all things pumpkin.

I’m a traditionalist. I think pumpkin should be reserved for the right season – fall. But I did my Falling for Pumpkin demo at Sprouts this week. So I guess I’m all in! And I have to say I’m not at all mad about it. It’s still blazing hot and humid here in Atlanta. We still have the AC on summer speed but I’ve been filling the house with the sweet, comforting aroma of pumpkin and pumpkin spiced everything over the past couple weeks.

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This pumpkin spice granola is probably my favorite. Yes. The smell is amazing but it has all my favorite things too. It’s easy, packed with nutrition, and delicious. It also keeps for 2-3 weeks in the pantry so there’s that too!

See how easy it is to make:

Ingredients for pumpkin spice granola - oats pumpkin seeds canned pumpkin maple syrup

 

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. I’m using traditional oats, sliced almonds, and pepitas (pumpkin seeds). I don’t recommend quick cooking oats for this recipe. They may burn and/or get lost in the mix. However, you could try sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, pecans, or even pistachios for the nut/seed mix. The key is to get raw, unsalted nuts and seeds.

 

Oats sliced almonds pepitas

 

Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. I’m using pure pumpkin puree, lots of pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and sesame oil (not toasted). I know sesame oil is not common so feel free to use what you have. Olive oil or any neutral tasting oil works just fine. I happened to have plain sesame oil in the fridge so I’m using it up to add an extra note of nuttiness to the granola. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.

 

Pumpkin puree and spice mixture in a bowl

 

Check to see that your oven is preheated then combine the wet and dry mixtures. Combine the two. Move quickly with this part. Make sure the oats, almonds, and pumpkin seeds are all evenly coated with the pumpkin spice mixture and that there aren’t any pools of pumpkin at the bottom of the bowl. But don’t hang out for too long on this step. The oats will get soggy.

 

Pumpkin spice granola in a bowl with a spoon

 

Spread the granola in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with parchment or a silicone mat (like a Silpat). Keeping it to a single layer is key so that the mix can properly bake to a toasty, crunchy granola. If you skip the parchment or silicone mat, be prepared to scrub the pan with all your might. I’m telling you, baked on maple syrup is relentless.

 

Pumpkin spice granola on parchment before baking

Once it’s in the oven, rest easy for about 20 minutes. From that point, you’ll need to stir it a couple times and watch for the granola to reach its delicious golden brown status.

Pumpkin spice granola in a jar with mini pumpkins

Enjoy a handful warm and let the rest cool completely on the pan. Add the cooled pumpkin spice granola to mason jars and seal. It will keep for 2-3 weeks in the pantry. This pumpkin spice granola would make a great fall brunch appetizer, fun and nutritious treat for the neighborhood parties or trick or treaters, and a tasty DIY food gift for the holidays.

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Pumpkin spice granola in small mason jar with mini colored pumpkins in the background
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Granola
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This easy homemade healthier pumpkin spice granola includes pumpkin puree, pepitas, almonds, and pure maple syrup. It's the perfect fall granola recipe! 

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola, pumpkin spice
Servings: 16
Calories: 100 kcal
Author: Marisa Moore, RDN
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • tsp pumpkin spice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil (not toasted)
  • ½ tsp coarse salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Prepare a large sheet pan with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Mix the oats, pepitas, and almonds in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, spices, and oil until smooth. Add to the oat mix and stir until coated.

  3. Spread the mixture onto the sheet pan in a single layer. Use a second pan or work in batches to avoid crowding the pan. Sprinkle with the salt.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven 30-35 minutes, checking and stirring the granola after 20 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn. When done, the granola will be fragrant with a golden brown, toasted color.

  5. 5. Let cool completely on the pan. Store the pumpkin spice granola in a sealed jar for 2-3 weeks in a dark, cool place like the pantry.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: For this recipe, I got all of the nuts, seeds and oats from the bulk bins at Sprouts and used all Sprouts brand Organic Maple Syrup (Robust flavor), Organic Pumpkin, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Pumpkin Spice, and Organic Sesame Oil. 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Granola
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my almond peach granola. It’s made with almond butter and sliced almonds, dried white peaches, and oats for a simple snack or cereal.

 

 

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10 Comments on Healthy Pumpkin Spice Granola

  1. Danielle
    September 14, 2018 at 4:34 AM (1 month ago)
    I love pumpkin spiced granola for a seasonal breakfast. So excited for all the pumpkin recipes!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 14, 2018 at 8:04 AM (1 month ago)
      Me too. I usually go for sweet potato but for some reason, I'm really feeling pumpkin this year! Reply
  2. Mary Bostow
    September 14, 2018 at 5:18 AM (1 month ago)
    I LOVE how easy and delicious this is! Good idea! Looks very tasty! I am going to make this!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 14, 2018 at 8:03 AM (1 month ago)
      I hope you get to try it and love it! Reply
  3. Kelly Anthony
    September 14, 2018 at 7:51 AM (1 month ago)
    This looks perfect for the pumpkin season. I'm going to make this for one of my weekly gatherings at my home. This will be a crowd pleaser for sure.
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 14, 2018 at 8:03 AM (1 month ago)
      Yes. The people at my demo this week really loved it! Reply
  4. Wajeeha
    September 14, 2018 at 7:51 AM (1 month ago)
    I love all things pumpkin! And this granola looks so delicious and healthy...not to mention super healthy too! :)
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 14, 2018 at 8:02 AM (1 month ago)
      Yes. It's not too sweet! Reply
  5. Chris Collins
    September 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM (1 month ago)
    That has to be one of the most beautiful granolas I've ever seen!!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 15, 2018 at 10:18 AM (1 month ago)
      Thanks, Chris! Reply

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