Pumpkin Maple Granola

Pumpkin Maple Granola | Once Upon a Recipe

It’s tempting to say “Winter is coming” in a very ominous voice. However, that would be a false statement due to the fact that Winter arrived the night before last in a flurry of wet snow and chilly wind. And just like that, it is Winter. Boom.

Pumpkin Maple Granola | Once Upon a Recipe

Pumpkin Maple Granola | Once Upon a Recipe

Seasons are funny, because we associate different things – and certainly, in my case, food – with each one. For example, when Fall arrived, I was so excited to bake with pumpkin and apples and cinnamon. And now that the first dump of the white stuff has fallen, I’m like “Peace out pumpkin, bring on the hot chocolate and candy canes!”

And the parkas, mitts, toques, and snow shovels.

Pumpkin Maple Granola | Once Upon a Recipe

However, it would be wrong to bid adieu to Fall without sharing one last pumpkin recipe with you. I was set on creating the perfect pumpkin granola recipe this year, and after several failed attempts, I think I finally found a winner. Packed with pumpkin, spices, and a few extras – pecans, pepitas, and dried cranberries – this granola makes a perfect breakfast or snack. Or an excellent consolation prize for embarking on the 6-month long, dark, and freakishly cold and snowy adventure that is an Alberta Winter. Happy Monday, friends!

Pumpkin Maple Granola | Once Upon a Recipe

Pumpkin Maple Granola

This granola combines the delicious fall flavors of pumpkin and maple. Lightly sweetened and generously spiced, it makes a great breakfast when sprinkled over yogurt and fruit, or swimming in milk. You might also be tempted to eat it by the hand full. Makes about 6 cups. 

4 cups oats

2/3 cup chopped pecans

2/3 cup pepitas

½ cup shredded coconut

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ginger

½ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. cloves

¼ tsp. allspice

¼ cup ground flax seeds

¼ cup raw cane sugar

¼ cup maple syrup

3/4 cup pure pumpkin

¼ cup olive oil

1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, combine the oats through to the ground flax seeds. In a separate bowl, whisk together the raw cane sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin, and olive oil. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread the granola onto a large baking sheet that has been lined with either parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake for 15 minutes. Add the cranberries and stir, and then return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Stir and continue baking for 10 minute intervals until golden brown and no longer moist. (Mine took about 35 minutes total).

Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Enjoy with milk or yogurt.

Pumpkin Maple Granola | Once Upon a Recipe


  1. Winter is here too. It snowed a ton over the weekend and it’s definitely here to stay. I don’t mind one more pumpkin recipe though, especially something like granola!

  2. Your granola looks great! Granola is one of those things I never can perfect, going to try your recipe!

  3. This recipe looks absolutely amazing! I have always wanted to make granola, but have yet to do so. This is going to have to be the one I try.

  4. looks tasty. i need some homemade granola in my pantry stat… pumpkin granola!

  5. So beautiful! I just finished up my last batch of granola. I literally just ate the last handful before typing this. So, now time for this granola. Mmmm my house is going to smell so good!

  6. While you say Goodbye to summer I’m just saying g’day with some coconut Granola! *across the world five*

  7. I want to sprinkle this granola over everything!

  8. I love making homemade granola and your recipe looks awesome! I’ve never tried pumpkin granola and have been meaning to forever! I just roasted a pumpkin yesterday for pumpkin chili and now I’m wishing I had set some to the side for this granola! Delicious!

  9. Great idea 🙂 looks super yummy 🙂

  10. Yum! My husband would LOVE this granola. He is a pumpkin and granola nut.

  11. I just found your blog and I love it! So many amazing recipes! 🙂

  12. Yummy! This is something I can eat, yay!

  13. It snowed here a bunch on the day I returned from vacation, and I was totally “hello hot chocolate, peppermint, and sugar cookies!” I’m always so pumped for winter until after Christmas, then its all bleak and horrible till March.

    This granola looks awesome! I scored some free pumpkins and I realized I made almost NO pumpkin flavored things this year (except my brother’s wedding cupcakes). This needs to be remedied right away! Looks like you have quite a few for me to choose from.

    • I am the same way – I adore the snow until Christmas is over and then the Winter blues set in. We must find a way to prevent this! I’m looking forward to chocolate and peppermint and sugar cookies – yes! 🙂

  14. You’ve got snow already? Ouch, that’s a little too early, I’d say, but I second the opinions that winter till Christmas is a dream and after you just want to get it over with. Loving this granola by the way 🙂

  15. Havent made homemade granola in aaaaages. But now that my little guy has molars and can really chew into stuff, I’ve been getting him the storebought Bear Naked variety. Totally need to hook him up with the good stuff 🙂

  16. I love the snow…but then, we don’t have it all winter long here in BC so the novelty never wears off 😉 I would eat this pumpkin granola all fall AND winter anyway!

    • Yes, one does tire rather quickly of the white stuff when it sticks around for months on end! I hope you give this granola a try – it really is lovely.

  17. I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to fall, so I will hold onto it by making this pumpkin granola! How beautiful! And delicious too!


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