Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

This pumpkin granola is a simple, low-sugar way to get your pumpkin-spice on all season long!

I was never a huge granola fan until our honeymoon in Italy two summers ago. I always thought of it as oatmeal but too sweet and too crunchy (I’m more of a creamy-texture fan). But then we traveled around Italy and that notion totally changed. Every morning I’d enjoy homemade, unsweetened granola on top of plain creamy yogurt, drizzled with fresh honey and of course a cappuccino on the side. I came to adore this just slightly-sweet breakfast and went on a search for a similar granola back in the states.

Ingredients for pumpkin spice granola in a bowl

While I have my go-to store brands, I wanted to try my hand at making a simple homemade version with the flavors of Fall. Enter in this pumpkin spice granola. I kept things simple (per usual) using just oats and chia seeds, but this would also be delicious with toasted almonds and dried cranberries.

Mixing pumpkin spice ingredients in mixing bowl

Note that this is not an overly sweet granola – which is the way I prefer it. But once you combine it with creamy Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey or almond butter (or both) it becomes just the right amount of sweet. However, if you like your granola on the sweeter side, I think dried cranberries would be the perfect addition!

Healthy pumpkin spice granola on a large baking sheet

As this recipe only uses 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree, here are some recipes to use up the leftovers:

So here’s a toast to filling your house with toasty, pumpkin spice smells!   

Pumpkin spice granola in mason jar

Pumpkin Spice Granola

This pumpkin granola is a simple, low-sugar way to get your pumpkin-spice on all season long!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Granola, Oats, Pumpkin Spice
Servings: 13
Author: Kelli

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • Optional ¼ cup of pecans walnuts, almonds, or dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F and grease large baking sheet (I usually cover my sheet with foil or parchment paper and then cover with cooking spray).
  • Combine oats, chia seeds, and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl. If using nuts, add these in now. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine maple syrup, oil, vanilla, and canned pumpkin. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour pumpkin mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to combine.
  • Pour granola mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until oats are golden brown. Turn baking sheet half way through. If you like your granola clumpy, do not stir during baking; otherwise stir at the halfway mark.
  • Allow to cool completely before storing.

Notes

Nutrition for 1/4 cup: 163 calories, 1 gram saturated fat, 20 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 4 grams protein
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8 Comments

  • Jenny Shea Rawn AvatarJenny Shea Rawn3 years ago

    This looks great – perfect for weekday mornings! Been wanting to make homemade granola recently – can’t wait to try this.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      It’s definitely been great to have for breakfast and for snacks! Hope you give it a try Jenny!

  • Christina AvatarChristina3 years ago

    Yeah, I’m gonna have to make this ASAP because YUM!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Definitely do! Your stomach will be very happy with you 😉

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen AvatarTara | Treble in the Kitchen3 years ago

    I have been craving fresh, homemade, crisp granola! Yum!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Thanks Tara! Hope you get your granola on soon 🙂

  • Ginger AvatarGinger3 years ago

    I’m totally making this – so fun for fall!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Let me know how it goes for you!

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