Pumpkin Spiced Granola


Fall is quickly becoming my favorite season.  I have always thought spring was my favorite, but I might have been wrong.  The colors, the flavors, the cooler temps, but still sunny days are proving to be a good thing.  Pumpkin is becoming very prominent here on this blog, I hope you are loving it as much as I am.

Remember when I made Vanilla Granola?  Well, that turned out so well, I just had to do a fall version.  Pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, all flavors of fall.  They all blended perfectly in this granola.  It was perfect on top of vanilla yogurt, and my son enjoyed it plain as a snack.

The mix in possibilities are endless.  I went with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips.  But you could do all kinds of different nuts or seeds, raisins or other dried fruit, or even skip the chocolate all together.  That is the nice thing about granola, you can easily tailor it to whatever your family likes.  Plus it freezes really well, so you don’t have to eat it all right away.

Yields 8

Granola with all the flavors of fall - cinnamon, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries. Perfect for a snack or breakfast.

5 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispy cereal
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  2. In a large bowl mix together oats and Rice Krispies. In a separate bowl combine cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple sryrup and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture over the oats, and stir until everything is evenly coated. Spread onto baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stir the oats, bake for an additional 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Once cool mix in dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips. Store in an air tight container.


Adapted from Baking Bites







  1. I would love to wake up to a bowl of this stuff. Definitely fall. Pumpkin and chocolate is a great combination and well having chocolate with breakfast is a wonderful way to start the day.

  2. Yes please!!! I don’t love granola but I think I’d love this.

  3. I love homemade granola!! I just made some this last weekend with similar spices. Love it!

  4. Well this looks interesting. :) I love how there’s pumpkin flavored everything nowadays! Or maybe my mother was just very boring when it came to baking and everyone else’s mother did neat stuff like this.

  5. I’m obsessed with pumpkin lately, too. I just can’t help myself; I love the flavor. This granola looks so good. I’m due for a new batch, and I think this is the one. Pinned!

  6. This look so autumny and fantastic! I love the pumpkin seed with it. This looks like a perfect breakfast!

  7. Oh I may be willing to swap my usual oats and honey granola for your pumpkin version… I love the maple, pumpkin seeds and cranberries!

  8. Love the pumpkin-y twist taken on traditional granola! This looks delicious!

  9. I’ve never made my own granola, but it seems pretty straightforward! I like! The addition of pumpkin spice makes it extra special for this season…

  10. Love pumpkin granola, especially homemade!

  11. I have never made granola but have always wanted to. I think this is the recipe!!! Delish.

  12. love all the ingredients in this granola!

  13. Ooooh, love this for fall! I have a go-to vanilla granola recipe I’ve been making for months to have with Greek yogurt for breakfast, but this would be a nice change of pace!

  14. Erin I could so use a handful of this right now as I drink my THIRD cup of coffee this morning! I love the flavors in this, it’s so perfectly fall. I think the addition of the dried cranberries is perfect. I’m so pinning this!

  15. looks like a great tasting granola :)

  16. Oh I just love the color of this granola, Erin! Love all of the fall spice and the cranberries and pumpkin seeds make it so perfect. I love sprinkling granola over my yogurt…..but this would truly jazz it up! : )

  17. Amazing! You know I’m game for anything involving pumpkin! :)

  18. I have a thing for granola and I cannot wait to make this one. It’s so perfect for fall…I bet it smells amazing while it’s baking! Pinning now to make soon!

  19. Fall has become my favorite season as well!
    I love granola, especially when it has pumpkin seeds and spices add to it!

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