Pumpkin Granola

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Pumpkin Granola sounded like it would be the perfect answer for Thanksgiving weekend with family in town!

You can make this now and store it in an airtight container to have on hand for the holiday weekend.

You don’t need any oil for this recipe, since the maple syrup, pumpkin and applesauce bind the oats together.

Here’s the Pumpkin Granola recipe

I adapted for our taste buds~


~3 1/2 cup oats

~2 cups nuts (I used ½ cup each of pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds/pepitas, and silvered almonds)

~1/2 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree

~1/4 cup maple syrup

~1 (3.9 oz) container of unsweetened applesauce (or ½ cup)

~3/4 cup brown sugar

~1 tsp vanilla

~1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

~1/2 tsp cinnamon

~1/4 tsp nutmeg

~1 to 2 cups dried fruit (raisins or dried cranberries, I used 2 cups cranberries)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In large bowl combine oats and nuts.

In a small bowl, combine pumpkin, maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Whisk to combine, breaking up pumpkin. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to coat.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or spray with cooking spray and spread granola mixture evenly onto pans.

Bake granola for 30 – 45 minutes, (45 minutes for me) stirring  in 10 to 15 minute intervals to allow the ingredients to cook evenly.

Remove from oven and cool.

Stir in dried fruit and store in airtight container.

Try to refrain from eating handfuls when it comes out of the oven :)

Serve with plain or vanilla yogurt, drizzled with maple syrup or honey. The ideal light breakfast that you can serve alone, or with a breakfast bread/ muffin before or after indulging in your Thanksgiving feast!

As you can imagine, it smells heavenly~

like Pumpkin Pie while baking!

You can adjust this to your family’s taste buds with your nuts and fruit or with the addition of coconut.

While the aroma was like pumpkin pie, the flavor was not overwhelmingly “pumpkiny”~ more of a subtle pumpkin pie- flavored-granola. If you want to boost the pumpkin flavor you can add more pumpkin pie spice.

You can find a printable recipe, here.

A seasonal granola that will put you in the Thanksgiving mindset and make the kitchen smell wonderful!

My Johnson Brothers pieces came from HomeGoods, two years ago, each for the price of a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte :)

The salad plate is Johnson Brothers His Majesty and Autumn Monarch is the pattern of the mug and dinner plate.

I am thankful for HomeGoods :)


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  44 comments for “Pumpkin Granola

  1. kim
    November 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    This sounds so good. I need to make it for my crew that will be coming to visit. Thanks for sharing.

  2. November 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Another beautiful post, Mary. The granola looks delicious. Beautiful plates……Sarah

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    November 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Never met a J-Bro piece I haven’t loved! And yes, add me to the HomeGoods fan club too! Your granola sounds tasty and looks very pretty Mary-I’m sure everyone will love it:@)

  4. Suzi Lapere
    November 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Yum! I will for sure make this!

  5. November 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. Sounds and looks delicious. I love Johnson Bros anything!

  6. November 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Defnintely trying this one. And, the scary hand pies were such a big hit! thanks for sharing your yummy creativity!

  7. Dee
    November 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Looks delish. Do you use Quick Oats or Old Fashion Oats?

    • November 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Old fashioned… I don’t think it would matter.

  8. November 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Yummy!!! I love granola over yogurt. ONe of my favorite snacks, and this looks great for autumn. Thanks for posting the recipe!

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, Mary!


  9. November 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I always enjoy your photography. This sounds like a great fall recipe and your maple syrup bottle rocks!

  10. November 4, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Ooooooooh, this looks delish!!! So gonna try! :)

  11. November 4, 2012 at 6:20 am

    This sounds and looks good. Will have to give it a try. Love the maple jar.

  12. November 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Sounds wonderful Mary. I am going to try doing this. We love our granola!

  13. November 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

    We are a granola loving family!…Love this recipe…such great ingredients…and what best to enjoy it in, than that beautiful cup…Your photography and table settings are always breathtaking!!…Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  14. November 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Sounds delicious! thanks for sharing the recipe and your adaptations!
    Photos, as usual…are gorgeous!

  15. November 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Mary, I could eat pumpkin all year! What a fabulous granola! I have a lot of company for the next couple of weeks, they will love a big canister of your granola sitting on my counter. So so yummy!
    It looks so pretty too! Your styling is awesome!

  16. November 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    This sounds yummy, never heard of the pumpkin version….Wish I had some with a dollop of vanilla yogurt!

  17. November 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    LOL, I am thankful for Hoe Goods too!!!! This granola will be a big hit here, and again at Christmas when we have COMPANY!!! Your pictures are, as always, beautiful. I just yesterday bought 8 turkey salad plates at Home Goods!!!! XO, Pinky

  18. November 5, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I love homemade granola! I have a recipe for pumpkin pie granola, but yours differs greatly, so I’m going to have to try it as well. Nice presentation in the glass cannister with the mug.

  19. November 5, 2012 at 7:27 am

    We love granola around here, especially my older daughter who will be here for Thanksgiving. I ca’t think of anything more welcoming than a batch of that for her.

    And I love your table, especially the centerpiece. (YOU can “whip it up” I, on the other hand, would have to dink with it for a while to make it look as lovely as yours. Ha!)

  20. Paula
    November 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Mary, Thank you for sharing, sounds wonderful !! When in London we had the very best granola, so this will be a treat for my daughter !! I love your pictures, I can look at them all day !!

  21. Marie
    November 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Looks amazing! I think I can almost smell it :)

  22. Rhonda
    November 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Made this granola today with quick oats. Turned out great and is delicious.

    • November 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      I’m so glad! I’ve been snatching handfuls… I’ll have to make another batch at this rate :)

  23. November 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    This recipe looks marvelous! I have family visiting this weekend and can’t wait to try it! Your photos were beatiful too! The colors are so vivid!

  24. November 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve only recently started making granola so every new recipe is welcome.

  25. November 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious, Mary! I love granola, and make it quite often. Your dishes are beautiful as well!

  26. November 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I love granola and this looks amazing. I have got to try this recipe. I would love for you to link this up to my Fall into Fall party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  27. November 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm that granola looks so tasty and pretty, too! I LOVE Homegoods, too, Mary. I had to make a trip there yesterday. I think I could go everyday and still find something I hadn’t seen.

  28. November 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Mary, I enjoyed this post SO much. Time to make granola! Have a great weekend.

  29. November 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    ooo…can’t wait to make this. I even have all the ingredients!

  30. November 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I just mixed this up and thought it was very mushy and came to recheck the recipe and now have noticed that is is 1/2 can pumpkin (of a 15oz can). I just saw -1/2 (15oz) can pumpkin and misread it. Didn’t pick up on the -1/2 and saw the can in the picture. Anyway, I used the whole can! Who knows how it will turn out. I’ll let you know. :( I love your pictures! :)

  31. November 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    So how much granola does this make? I just bought 12 1/2 gallon mason jars and plan to make it for all my friends for Christmas. Should I multiply the recipe by 12? Also, I read other blogs suggesting 270F for colling. YOur thoughts?

    • November 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      One recipe will give you 7 1/2 cups of granola if you use 2 cups of nuts and 2 cups of cranberries. You can add more nuts or less fruit. Fill your half gallon jars with cereal or something you can measure 7 1/2 cups of and see how full they are and adjust accordingly. 300 degrees worked fine for me, I made my second batch a week before Thanksgiving. Happy baking & gifting! :)


  32. Pat
    January 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I have finally made the pumpkin granola… It is delicious

  33. October 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Shouldn’t the directions say “bake” granola instead of “cook” as stated? It might confuse a new cook. 😍

  34. October 24, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I just stumbled on this recipe and I have batch number one in the oven. My house smells amazing and it tastes delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

  35. Denise Marie
    September 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I am making this, looks perfect! Healthy, yummy, gorgeous! And love the little pumpkin touch! :)

  36. November 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    This looks soooooo good! Your photography is lovely.

  37. Kathryn Grow
    October 18, 2016 at 12:28 am

    I just ohhhed and awed over every picture in this post Mary!! All the lovely colors of ambers punctuated by the ruby colored fruit is so beautiful; along with the many textures and contrasts bathed in sunshine WOW
    Really love how you take the beauty of nature and present in its most natural form. This reminded me of a fabulous seasonal potpourri that not only looks and smells wonderful but you can eat it also!! Love the idea of all the fall flavors of apple, maple, pumpkin,and cinnamon,-oh my!!! It must have been a fun day for you finding those lovely dishes and preparing the perfect recipe. I am so grateful to have found your site a couple years ago-you are my inspiration!!!

    xoxo, Kathy

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