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Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe -- easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, and wonderfully delicious |

We’re two days away from the official first day of fall. But it seems as though the season for all things “pumpkin spice” is already in full swing, especially when it comes to the world’s largest coffee shop chain. Good grief, they seem to be spending a fortune advertising their newly-rebranded “Real PSL”.

Which — I’ll admit — is earning a bit of a “real eyeroll” from Yours Truly.

First off, I (along with so many of you) have been making “real” pumpkin spice lattes for years and years now. I’m glad they are finally joining the real-pumpkin-puree party, but maybe a little late, eh? Second, this is probably just me being stubborn, but a slick new marketing campaign is not going to convince me to use the acronym when I order. I already have to rack my brain to remember the chain’s non-intuitive vocabulary when ordering a drink size, and just would like to order a medium pumpkin latte, thankyouverymuch. Third, sorry, but I’m not waiting on pins and needles until the coffee shop’s official pumpkin spice release date arrives. In my little kitchen, with great props to the joys of modern canning, every day can be pumpkin spice day! Because if you ask me, there are far too many great pumpkin recipes out there to just limit their season to a month or two. :)

Still, I love cozying up with some tasty pumpkin spice recipes in the fall just as much as anyone else. So today I’m adding one new tasty treat to our pumpkin recipe collection on the blog. It’s incredibly easy to make. It’s made with (yes) real pumpkin and lots of pumpkin pie spice. It’s perfect for breakfast, snacking, or even to sprinkle on top of some ice cream for dessert. And it is absolutely delightful. :)

Let’s make some (real) pumpkin spice granola!

Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe -- easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, and wonderfully delicious |

Actually, if there were ever a food that was begging to be made with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, I think granola would have to be it. Those delicious warming flavors in pumpkin pie spice already include many that I use in my maple-sweetened standard granola recipe. But then when you add in some crispy pepitas, some good-for-you pumpkin puree, and (well, some not-as-good-for-you) sweet chocolate chips if you’d like, a pumpkin spice granola turns into the perfect seasonal treat.Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe -- easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, and wonderfully delicious |

To make it, begin by whipping up a maple-sweetened pumpkin sauce with a few simple ingredients. Pour it over some oats and whatever nuts sound good to you. (I used a mixture of pepitas and pecans, but almonds and/or walnuts would also taste great with this recipe.)Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe -- easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, and wonderfully delicious |

Stir it all up, and then spread it out in an even layer on a baking sheet. Then pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe -- easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, and wonderfully delicious |

Then remove it and stir in some coconut if you’d like. I like to add my coconut in halfway through baking so that it doesn’t get too toasted, but coconut is optional with this recipe.

Pop it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until it’s nice and toasty and golden, then pull it out and let the granola cool to room temperature. It will crisp up quite a bit more as it cools. If you’d like a treat, feel free to stir in some white or dark chocolate chips in with your granola. But I actually just like mine plain.
Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe -- easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, and wonderfully delicious |

Then serve it up with some milk or yogurt (or again, I highly recommend the ice cream option for dessert)…
Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe -- easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, and wonderfully delicious |

…and enjoy it any day of the year that pumpkin sounds good to you. ;)

Hope that you love this one as much as I do!

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x


This Pumpkin Spice Granola recipe is maple-sweetened, made with real pumpkin puree, and it is absolutely delicious!


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free oats if making this GF)
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • (optional) 1/2 cup shredded or shaved coconut
  • (optional) 1/2 cup white or semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. Combine the oats, pepitas and pecans in a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt together until smooth.  Pour the maple syrup mixture over the oats mixture, and toss until everything is evenly mixed.
  3. Spread the granola mixture out evenly on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and add in the coconut (if using) and give everything a good stir.  Return the granola to the oven and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture is golden.  Remove and let the granola cool until it reaches room temperature.  Stir in the chocolate chips (if using).
  4. Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe -- easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, and wonderfully delicious |

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69 comments on “Pumpkin Spice Granola”

  1. I usually don’t make my own granola, but this looks divine–so many of my favorite ingredients! I’ll have to give this a try :)

  2. Pumpkin spice granola is on my to-make list for this fall too! Although Ben might not be so happy – he’s a traditionalist and loves his “everyday” granola! This looks amazing  – and I agree, granola over ice cream is the best!

  3. Totally agree with you on the Sbux shenanigans! I never remember they’re drink sizes, so there will be no “I’ll have a PSL” in my future either.
    But there will be A LOT of PS Granola. I mean, I am all about all things pumpkin spice…especially to start my day! Pinned!

  4. I looove homemade granola. Oh and I ordered a PSL for the first time in two years the other day and to say it was disappointing would be an understatement. Like, it wasn’t even good. Homemade pumpkin everything ftwwwww!

  5. Yes please! I just want to eat that whole jar!

  6. I love granola over frozen vanilla Haagen Dazs yogurt and I am so making this granola!  It looks perfect!  Pinning!

  7. I absolutely adore fall, but I can’t get on board with the PSL… I had one a few years back and it was just ‘meh.’ Actually, I honestly don’t even think I finished it because it was just too sweet and artificial tasting. PSG I can -totally- get behind, though!

  8. I definitely had a little bit of an eyeroll when our favorite coffee megabrand came out with their “real” PSL… just a little late to the party!! ;) I LOVE the application of those flavors in granola though, this looks absolutely fantastic!! 

  9. Oh this looks so good! I have been getting some pumpkin-flax store-bought granola for years, and I have always though…maybe I should just try to make this myself. I can’t wait to try this.

  10. Do you have any advice for someone who absolutely gags at the hint of anything maple? Such a mood-killer for me. What would you suggest I substitute for the maple syrup that will still make this heavenly-looking recipe sing for me? Thanks!

    • We’d suggest using agave, honey or sorghum in this if you don’t care for maple syrup! We hope that helps and that you enjoy the granola! :)

  11. Yum. This sounds right up my alley. But I won’t lie.. I really enjoy the new PSL haha. 

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  12. Ohhh this looks phenomenal. I’m thinking about making this to put on top of my pumpkin pie overnight oats (because really, when can you ever have enough pumpkin?). 

    And couldn’t agree more on the new Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. I did give a try to see what the hype was all about and was quite disappointing. Still doesn’t taste as good as homemade versions. 

    • Oooh Cailly, we bet that would be AMAZING, great idea! And we agree with you, you never can have enough pumpkin. :) We hope you enjoy!

  13. This is great. Love it!
    Excited about pumpkin season…


  14. As I was reading this post I found myself wondering about the possibility of adding coconut – and then you suggested it.  I would like to try this recipe, probably with Greek yogurt and some kind of fruit, for breakfast.  Probably blueberries wouldn’t clash too much with pumpkin.  I’m glad the recipe is for a small quantity of granola, because my husband really likes the two kinds I make and doesn’t see a need to experiment with other recipes.  I like variety, so will definitely try to get it made.  I love the idea of pecans and pepitas.  And I’d definitely add the coconut, because to date, IMO, granola isn’t granola without coconut.

    • We’re glad you like the looks of this recipe Susan, we hope you and your husband enjoy it! :)

  15. i spent a lot of time making pumpkin related recipes this weekend too..this granola looks so good! this is on my list of things to do. 

  16. I have to admit, I do find it annoying that I have to order a “tall” latte instead of a small.  This looks like an amazing breakfast!  Your pictures are gorgeous!

  17. Looks yummy definitely will try! 

  18. Hi Ali, I would love to try this granola but unfortunately in Australia we don’t have pumpkin spice. Can you please advise what how I could make a homemade version of it?
    Thank you

    • Hi Mim! Ali actually has a recipe for homemade pumpkin spice, right here! We hope you enjoy! :)

  19. Thanks for the delicious, easy, and perfectly timed recipe! My granola is cooling on the counter before work, and my house smells like an autumn explosion! 

  20. This looks so delicious Ali, I’m not even that crazy about pumpkin, and I still want to make this! It would be great for breakfasts and snacking! :)

  21. Cannot wait to make this granola!! Simple, easy and healthy!

  22. I just saw this recipe on foodgawker and your image drew me in like a magnet.  The clarity of these photos is outrageous!  I have been really working to get my photos CLEARER and yours are the clearest I have seen on the web.  WOW!  I feel like I can reach in and pick a pecan off my screen.  I love it!
    Also, this granola looks like the perfect welcome to fall!

    • Wow, thanks so much Kathryn, that’s really sweet of you to say! We’re glad you like the photography, and we hope you enjoy this granola! Happy fall. :)

  23. Recipe I would love to try but my son is allergic to tree nuts therefore pecans are not an option.  Could I replace them with almonds?

  24. I just made this and it was awesome! I’ve never had a pumpkin flavored granola before, and I was initially skeptical that the pumpkin spice flavor wouldn’t stand out enough.  But, I can definitely taste the pumpkin flavor in it! I made the recipe exactly as written except that I pulsed the pecans a little bit because I don’t like big chunks of pecans. Normally I’m a yogurt and granola girl, but after tasting this a few mins ago, I think this particular granola would taste awesome with the 1% milk I have sitting in my fridge.  Pretty sure this is what I’m going to be having for breakfast tomorrow morning…. :)  Thanks for a delicious new granola recipe!

  25. Loved this! Not too sweet, just right. I’m going to halve the amount of nuts and seeds next time or add more oats because it was kind of nut-heavy in my opinion. Also may play around with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg in addition to the pumpkin pie spice. Overall really liked it though, thank you!

  26. This just came out of the oven, smells amazing and tastes heavenly! I subbed the pecans and pepitas for slivered almonds and walnuts. It’s going over our pumpkin overnight oats tomorrow morning :) thank you for the recipe! 

    • Awesome Lisa, we’re so happy to hear that! We hope you enjoyed your breakfast this morning! :)

  27. I made this today with pumpkin left over from Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Love it!!  So delish. Do you happen to have a calorie count for it?  Maybe I missed that somehow.  Thanks!  And I must mention, I’m a big fan of your blog. 

    • Thanks Robyn, we’re happy you liked it, and are so glad you’re a fan of the blog! Unfortunately though, we don’t have the nutrition facts/calorie info for this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  28. This was so fantastically yummy! I loved the spices and how substantial the seeds and nuts make the granola. Imade it as written except for substituting raisins instead of the chocolate. Thanks!

  29. Yum, this looks so good! Will have to try this recipe out, thanks for the share

  30. “Love this! Recently tried the fresh pumpkin spice from RawSpiceBar to make a few fall inspired recipes and it was definitely worth trying!”

  31. I love all of the pumpkin spice things that come with fall, and just bought a huge canister of oats and several cans of pumpkin that were begging to be baked! I was wondering if it was possible to turn this recipe into something of a granola bar, perhaps by adding an egg or something to give it structure…I am all a out the grab-and-go breakfast or something to have in my purse. Thanks so much, I love your blog! ?

  32. I had everything in house and was steameing pumpkin anyway so now your granola is in the oven! It tastes already devine! 

  33. This looks amazing – but I’m not a coconut oil person. What would you recommend to substitute for that?

    • Thanks, Lauren! And we think you would be fine to use canola oil, melted butter, or olive oil.

  34. Do you know the approximate nutritional info per serving?

    • Hi Tara! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  35. This was amazing! Thank you :)

  36. I can’t wait to try this. I have cilia disease so I can do this gluten-free. It looks like a very healthy breakfast and will start me off really good.

  37. one of my favorite recipes now!
    Once it’s gone not many days go by before I am making more.

  38. The granola recipe is the best.
    I substituted with cashews, sunflower seeds, walnuts and did use your chocolate chip suggestion and your coconut.
    I had a cook in Oregon, where I was teaching years ago, who made the best and now I have an even better recipe.

  39. OMG! This granola is just amazing! I am so glad I found a recipe that doesn’t include any nut butters. It’s simply delicious. I don’t think it’s gonna last for more than 2 days in my house. Thank you so much for this lovely recipe!❤️