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Easy Pumpkin Spiced Granola

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Easy Pumpkin Spiced Granola made with oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.

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Making your own granola is easier than you think, and the beauty of doing it yourself is you can customize it to suit your taste plus it’s so much cheaper than buying it in the store. A few other granolas I enjoy making are Low Fat Chewy Bars with Pecans Raisins and Chocolate, Morning Maple Cranberry Pecan Oat Bars and Banana Split Quinoa Bars.

Since pumpkin is so popular this time of year, I thought it would be fun to make a pumpkin version using oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.

Granola is great to eat alone as a snack, or over yogurt, but my favorite way to eat granola is with some fresh fruit and almond milk; it’s one of my favorite quick breakfasts.

Skinny Pumpkin Granola – Homemade pumpkin granola made with oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.

I paired this with some fresh chopped apples and pears, if you have some pumpkin butter, you can even stir some in… yum! (FYI, the cute spoon is from For Such A Time Designs)

The trick to keeping a bowl of granola cereal light is the ratio of fruit, milk and granola. First I fill my bowl with fresh fruit, then top it with 1/3 cup of granola and then some unsweetened almond milk. It’s a great way to get your serving of fresh fruit and has lots of fiber to keep you feeling full longer. I’ve included the nutritional info both ways, for your convenience.

Skinny Pumpkin Granola – Homemade pumpkin granola made with oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.

Skinny Pumpkin Granola – Homemade pumpkin granola made with oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.

Skinny Pumpkin Granola – Homemade pumpkin granola made with oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Granola

4.86 from 7 votes
5
Cals:133
Protein:3
Carbs:21.5
Fat:4.5
Skinny Pumpkin Granola – Homemade pumpkin granola made with oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Skinny Pumpkin Granola – Homemade pumpkin granola made with oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Yield: 11 servings
Serving Size: 1 /3 cup 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and pat dry with paper towel
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats*
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitas, or other seed
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup, or honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp oil, coconut or canola
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Spread oats* and quinoa out on a parchment lined baking pan.
  • Toast in the oven 10 minutes, stirring once.
  • Remove the oats from the oven, pour the toasted oats into a medium bowl and add the ground flaxseeds, pepitas, pecans and dried fruit.
  • Reduce oven to 300° F.
  • In a second medium bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin puree, oil, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla.
  • Pour over oats and stir together with a spatula.
  • Spread back onto a baking sheet and bake an additional 20 minutes, or until golden.

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Notes

Makes 3 2/3 cups.
*Use gluten free oats for gluten allergies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 /3 cup , Calories: 133 kcal, Carbohydrates: 21.5 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 4.5 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Sodium: 10 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 8 g

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171 comments on “Easy Pumpkin Spiced Granola”

  1. I have made this recipe twice now- while I didn’t mind the uncooked quinoa, my SO complained that it was getting stuck in his teeth, so I left it out for the second batch. You can really taste the pumpkin even with just 1/4cup. I love the combination with the pecans craisins and pumpkin seeds. This is my new favorite for fall. 

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  3. Ohh a couple tablespoons of this would make a great alternate topping for the pumpkin spice overnight oats!

  4. Just made this and it is delicious…the only thing I will do differently next time is leave out the quinoa. I like quinoa, but I did not enjoy it in granola and uncooked. Just kept picking the tiny quinoa out of my teeth and it was not a pleasant texture in the granola to me.

  5. Hi! Just tried this for the first time (my second making granola) and while it turned out delicious, I have found both times I've made the granola it doesn't "clump" much as it does when you purchase it. Do you think this is because the store brands contain a higher amount of sugar/honey/syrup to bind it or am I doing something wrong? Thanks!

    1. I saw a different homemade granola recipe, and she recommended that while it is cooling you take the granola and clump it yourself, and once it cools it will stay stuck together. I'll be trying that next time.

  6. Thanks for a great recipe. I always make this with the leftover pumpkin after making Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Goes great with a bit of Vanilla Yoghurt 🙂

  7. After making this I mixed it in with my morning oatmeal and loved it so much I had it for breakfast every morning that week. FANTASTIC!

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    Never Regret

    Im looking for a low calorie like this one regular granola recipe and was wondering if you had one?

    Thanks 🙂

    PS I've made this recipe dozens of times since finding it here and I'm addicted, its amazing!!

  9. Oh my goodness. does anybody have a good way to dry off that darn quinoa? I end up with it everywhere my kitchen when I try to dry off with a towel and I do use a strainer.

  10. I love the pecans added to this recipe! I also made some pumpkin granola recently. I added applesauce which helped add a little sweetness. Thanks for the recipe!
    http://bedstuyfoodie.com/2013/09/14/vegan-pumpkin-granola-recipe/

  11. Gina- Thank you for your awesome website. Your recipes are always fantastic! one question- did you use raw or pre-toasted/salted pepitas and pecans? Sorry if this question was already addressed.

  12. I'm sure it's delicious, but for some of us granola, any granola, is far too fattening and not filling in any rational sized portion to ever be considered a "skinny" food. Reading your NI this is no better or worse than the commercially prepared organic pumpkin granola from my local supermarket. It certainly is no "skinnier" and one must eat a hummingbird sized portion of either one. It's not worth the bother of buying or making granola from scratch.

    1. Why even comment if you are just going to say something snarky. If it’s too fattening in your opinion than don’t make it. Simple as that 

    2. Amazing how some people feel the need to leave a comment like this. Don’t want to make home made granola? This was totally unnecessary and frankly, no one cares. 

      Btw, it’s delicious, but you’ll never know will you? 

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      Aardvark E. Rasputin III

      So very funny how freaking sad you Anorexic girls are!!! I mean, for God’s sake! You might well survive a day or two with a few more extra calories without bloating up too terribly much…. Especially if your activity level has increased to some, or ANY degree!!! Jesus, get a freaking life!

      1. Hey. As an anorexic myself I’d just like to say we don’t have anything to do with this kind of person ! Anorexia affects appetite- not control freakishness like this person ! (You might want to look up orthorexia)
        Actually, this website helps me reintroduce foods I didn’t want anymore. Thank you so much, Gina ! Cheers from France 😉

  13. Any suggestions for one who does not have parchment in their house? This looks so good, and I want to try it out tonight 🙂

  14. I've just recently started making my own granola as well. But I am curious why you toast your oats first? Does it change the texture of the end granola result?