Nutty Pumpkin Granola

November 11, 2010 · 22 comments

in breakfast/brunch,healthy


I recently made some pumpkin muffins (which I’ll post soon) and had a little leftover pumpkin puree.  After feeding part of it to Zachary (he loved it, of course), I decided to use the rest to make some pumpkin granola.  I can’t believe that it’s practically mid-November and this is only my first pumpkin post of the year.  Insanity.   We’ve been lucky to have some very fall-like weather this week, which makes it a perfect opportunity for autumnal flavors.  Normally by now, I think fall is a distant memory and we start looking to hire snow shovelers.

I used a recipe that I frequently make as the base for this pumpkin granola.  It smelled so great as it was baking up and of course it tasted delicious, too.  One thing I love about this granola recipe is that it doesn’t use any refined sugars or butter or oil.  It’s quite healthy and the perfect complement to some Greek (or other) yogurt.

Nutty Pumpkin Granola

Adapted from this adaptation of this Ellie Krieger recipe
Makes about 3 cups

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1.5 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped raw or slivered almonds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup pepitas
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 300 and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Mix together the oats, nuts, salt, and spices.  Then, stir in the pumpkin puree, vanilla, maple syrup and cranberries.  Be sure everything is well combined.

Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp.  The granola will crisp up a bit more after it’s out of the oven, too.

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Jade at The Mess Pot November 11, 2010 at 9:16 am

This sounds amazing and I have a little pumpkin left over as well. Thanks for sharing!


Dinetonite November 11, 2010 at 9:20 am

Your site is fast becoming one of my favourites – thanks so much for these great recipes.


Banana Wonder November 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

Love homemade granola and I’ve been seeing this recipe float around the blogosphere as of late. It’s a sign of good thing. Amen to that Greek yogo!


Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen November 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

This sounds WAY too good Elly! Gonna be making me some granola soon!


Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul November 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Nice idea to use the pumpkin in the granola…genius! Thanks Elly!


bellini November 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I can see I need to buy some more canned pumpkin Elly!!!!


ErinsFoodFiles November 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

This sounds divine! I must add it to my list of things pumpkin treats!


Brandy @ November 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm

This has just been ‘starred’ in my Google Reader. Looks great!!


Ben November 14, 2010 at 11:17 am

Now, that’s a great idea for pumpkin lovers. I love pumpkin and granola so this is a no-brainer. Great post!


Kerstin November 14, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Perfect idea to use up that extra pumpkin that always seems to be hanging around – yum!


Erin November 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

It makes me crazy when I have half cans of pumpkin left after baking… what a great use for it! I like how healthy this granola sounds, also.


Katie @ The Well-Fed Newlyweds November 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I made this today, and it is delicious! Not too sweet, just the right amount of spice, and lots of crunch. Plus, it was so easy to make! I’m already planning on making another batch tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe!


elly November 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

So glad you liked it, Katie!


LimeCake November 17, 2010 at 5:58 am

I’ve made this before and it was absolutely delicious, as yours must be! Yum!


fattydumpling November 30, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I made this yesterday and the granola came out great–crunchy and spicy–absolute yum. I followed your recipe to a T except for subbing in nuts that I had on hand :)


elly December 1, 2010 at 6:22 am

So glad you liked the granola!


freshandfoodie December 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

I love making granola and am always looking for new recipes. Thank you for sharing yours.


Babygirl December 11, 2010 at 9:39 am

Granola in the morning is my routine so I enjoyed reading this post


rsmacaalay December 13, 2010 at 3:12 am

I never thought I would be making home made granolas but with this post it suddenly urged me to do it. Lovely recipe you have there.



Julia April 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

This recipe is great! The flavor is not overwhelming with pumpkin, the spices are pleasant and the crunch is awesome!


elly April 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Glad you liked it, Julia!


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