Let’s make Maple Pumpkin Pecan Granola! This easy pumpkin granola recipe is the perfect fall breakfast. It’s homemade granola at its finest! (Gluten Free & Vegan)
I am SUCH a breakfast person.
I could never be one of those people who skips breakfast and doesn’t think twice about it. If I’m up for 30 minutes and haven’t had something to eat or drink, my body starts saying “I hate you, Emily. I really hate you.“
So, I have a steady rotation of options I cycle through, from Energizing Smoothies, to a BUNCH of flavors of overnight oats, to protein-packed yogurt, and savory options to boot. But when the weather turns cooler, I love mixing some seasonal favorites into the mix.
This easy homemade pumpkin granola recipe is one of my favorites because it’s SO versatile! Toss it on a smoothie, mix it into yogurt, or grab a handful for an afternoon snack. But probably what I love best about it is how easy it is to make (and how great it makes my house smell!)
You only need a handful of ingredients to get started on a batch of this Pumpkin Pecan Granola Recipe…
Simple Ingredients For Pumpkin Granola:
- Gluten-Free Rolled Oats. You’ll want rolled oats (sometimes labeled old-fashioned oats). If you’re gluten intolerant or baking for someone with celiac, you MUST use certified gluten-free oats to avoid cross-contamination or getting sick. We like One Degree, Trader Joe’s, and Bob’s Red Mill brands! Quick oats and steel-cut oats won’t work well for this recipe.
- Raw Pecans. You can definitely use another nut, like walnuts, if they’re more your thing, or leave this nut-free by using more pumpkin seeds, but I love the flavors and nutty crunch of toasty pecans!
- Raw Pumpkin Seeds. Double up on the pumpkin vibes by adding some pumpkin seeds! These little beauties help add more fiber, healthy fats, and plant-based protein!
- Pumpkin Purée. Some canned pumpkin puree adds gorgeous pumpkin flavor, a little color, and some extra vitamins!
- Pure Maple Syrup. For some natural sweetness. The flavor of maple is subtle, but really complements the pecans, cinnamon, and pumpkin flavors! (These are some of our favorite brands)
- Coconut Oil. To help everything toast & stick together.
- Cinnamon, Vanilla & Salt. To round out the fall flavors. I prefer this blend to pumpkin spice, but feel free to swap in some pumpkin pie spice for pumpkin spice granola, if you prefer!
More Mix-Ins To Try
To change things up, try one of these variations:
- Dried Cranberries. Right after you pull the granola out of the oven, add some dried cranberries. They’re a great addition, since they taste lovely with pumpkin, cinnamon, maple, and pecans!
- Chocolate Chips. Or, wait till the granola has cooled completley and add a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life dairy-free mini chocolate chips)
- More Spices. Swap out the cinnamon for pumpkin spice, which has a blend of other warm spices, like ground cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
How To Make Your Own Pumpkin Granola, Step By Step:
If this is your first time making your own granola, don’t worry. It couldn’t be easier! If you can stir, you can make granola! Just follow these simple steps to make this easy recipe:
- Preheat The Oven & Prep The Pan. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Mix The Granola. In a large bowl, combines oats, pecans, and pumpkin seeds. In a small bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Toss oat mixture with the pumpkin mixture until well coated.
- Bake & Stir. Spread the granola out into an even layer on your prepared baking sheet. Bake granola at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring every 8-10 minutes for even browning.
- Cool & Store. For best results, let the granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature. Pumpkin granola will keep about 1 week.
FAQ + Tips & Tricks For The Best Pumpkin Granola:
Serving Suggestions. As I mentioned above, this is great in so many ways. Enjoy a handful for a snack, mix it into a trail mix, or sprinkle it over smoothies & smoothie bowls, chia pudding, pumpkin overnight oats, or yogurt. It’s delicious and adds such a great crunch!
How To Get Clusters In Granola. If you want really satisfying granola clusters, one trick is to mix in one egg white with the wet ingredients. (It obviously won’t be vegan anymore, but it’s super effective!)
Watch the Pecans. Ovens vary in temperature, and if you aren’t monitoring your oven temp with an oven thermometer, there’s a chance your oven will cook differently than mine. (I’ve used ovens that are 25-50 degrees above or below the temperature they’re set for, which can make a BIG difference in cooking.) If you get nervous about the pecans burning, you can add the pecans during the last 15 minutes of baking time. I’ve never had a problem with burning pecans, but be sure to keep an eye on them in case.
Gluten-Free? Stay Safe! Oats don’t contain wheat gluten, but because of farming and processing practices, they’re often cross contaminated with gluten. If you’re sensitive to gluten, be sure to buy certified gluten free oats. We like Bob’s Red Mill brand, Trader Joe’s brand, and One Degree.
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Recipe & post updated August 2023 Originally posted December 2013. Check out some of our original photos below!