Pumpkin Granola


In this recipe you will find all the flavors of fall together in one bowl of perfectly crunchy and sweet, pumpkin flavored granola.

Pumpkin Granola | Cooking Classy

The spices of fall baked goods are my favorite, so today I added them to a traditional granola along with a fair amount of nuts (for good crunch), both pecans and pumpkin seeds, then this sort of concentrated pumpkin puree and I finished it with some tart dried cranberries. They way all of those ingredients pair together is simply dreamy. This granola is amazing to say the least. It will definitely be my go to fall granola.

Pumpkin granola can be a little tricky because of all that excess moisture in the pumpkin. With granola we are working to dry it not make it wetter. After my first attempt of adding pumpkin puree as is I ended up with a pumpkin granola that was slightly soggy,  so I determined to simply squeeze a fair amount of the pumpkins moisture out using paper towels. It worked like a charm because the second time around I got just what I was looking for. A deliciously crunchy granola with just the right amount of flavor.

I also changed the recipe to add the pumpkin seeds near the end because I felt like mine were too toasted (the pecans were fine but the pumpkin seeds were too toasty after baking that long). Also it’s likely you’ll need the extra 10 minutes at 250 to fully dry the granola out so just plan accordingly.


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Pumpkin Granola

Yield: About 8 servings


  • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 6 Tbsp golden flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl toss together oats, flaxseed meal and pecans.
  2. Measure out pumpkin 1/2 cup at a time and place each half cup onto several layers of paper towels or on clean tea towels. Wrap and squeeze some of the excess moisture from pumpkin until each 1/2 cup as been decreased to 1/3 cup (giving 2/3 cup total).
  3. In a separate mixing bowl stir together the 2/3 cup pumpkin, brown sugar, honey, canola oil, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves until well combined. Pour mixture over oat mixture, toss and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until mixture is evenly coated (it will take quite a bit of tossing and it will seem dry at first).
  4. Spread mixture onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven, removing from oven and toss every 15 minutes (while breaking large clumps apart), 45 minutes. Toss in pumpkin seeds and bake 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven and allow to cool (you can place some in a bowl and add to freezer for several minutes to speed test) and if more crunch is desired, return to a 250 degree oven and bake about 10 - 15 minutes longer. Toss in dried cranberries, allow to cool completely then store in an airtight container.
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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I put pumpkin granola in my cookbook and it was ages ago that I made it…probably a good thing because….I love it a little too much :) Yours is gorgeous and I love the cranberries and pistachios in it! October 28, 2014 at 12:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie :)! October 28, 2014 at 5:54pm Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: This is absolutely my kind of granola. So yummy! October 28, 2014 at 1:51pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): You make the best granola, love the pumpkin flavor and the crunch! October 28, 2014 at 2:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura :)! October 28, 2014 at 5:54pm Reply

  • Krystle(Baking Beauty): What a great combination of flavor and texture. Love that you included cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Pinned from your link! October 28, 2014 at 8:41pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: Mmm I’ve been meaning to make granola (I ran out the other day!) and this recipe looks perfect! I loooove dried cranberries in my granola, and the pumpkin is perfect for fall. Pinned! October 29, 2014 at 12:46pm Reply

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt: This pumpkin granola! It looks like perfection in a jar. How did you know that I’ve been craving homemade granola this week? I think some pumpkin is definitely in order. Thanks for sharing this recipe! October 30, 2014 at 7:50am Reply

  • Laura | Fork Knife Swoon: Yum! Love homemade granola, and this looks delish. October 31, 2014 at 11:40am Reply

  • Annie @ Annie’s Noms: This looks fab! I’m such a granola monster and love finding new recipes – especially those with pumpkin! November 4, 2014 at 9:40am Reply

  • Debbie: This granola looks delicious. I love pumpkin and cranberries! November 22, 2014 at 4:57am Reply

  • Franny: I’ve been looking for a healthy granola recipe with character. This is it. Making it now. Can’t wait to try it over my yogurt tomorrow. March 18, 2015 at 5:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Franny! March 18, 2015 at 5:55pm Reply

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