Secret Recipe Club: Pumpkin Granola

I've been meaning to make granola for months. I eat it for breakfast almost every morning with yogurt and honey, so why not make my own? I knew it was easy, I just somehow never got around to it. Luckily, the Secret Recipe Club gave me just the kick in the butt I needed. Each month members are assigned another blog and must make one recipe. It's been a fun opportunity to discover new blogs and dishes. This month I was assigned the Pajama Chef. Sarah has been blogging since July 2010 and is simultaneously working on not one but two Masters degrees! Although her Pumpkin Granola immediately called to me, I was tempted by many of her yummy recipes. Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese?! Pumpkin Biscuits?! Maple and Brown Sugar Almond Butter?! I've just bookmarked these for another day. Today, though, is all about this granola. The granola is mixed together quickly and bakes for just 30 minutes. The result is essentially my ideal granola - filled with oats, nuts, and dried fruit and flavorful without being overly sweet like most packaged granola. It's great with yogurt, or with milk as a cereal. It keeps well in a sealed container and can be adjusted based on your preferences. Instead of Sarah's suggested cranberries I used chopped apricots, which I had on hand. Although canned pumpkin is hard to come by in Israel a friend brought some back for me from Canada! Of course making your own is also easy as pie. Easier, in fact. I used the remaining puree to make pumpkin bread.

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Secret Recipe Club: Pumpkin Granola
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This granola is balanced in flavor and not too sweet, the perfect addition to breakfast!
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Yield: Makes 5 cups
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ⅓ cup pepitas [pumpkin seeds]
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup chopped apricots
  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, almonds, pepitas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla, and apricots.
  4. Fold the pumpkin mix into the dry ingredients.
  5. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes, until granola is golden brown and crisp. Granola will continue to harden as it cools, so don't over-bake.
  7. Store in an air-tight container.
Vegetarian, Vegan, Parve, Gluten Free (if using gluten free oats)


  1. Oh, Katherine! What a fabulous selection for the SRC! I LOVE granola and never make it b/c it goes into my mouth almost as fast as I spoon it into the bowl πŸ™‚ But I WOULD love just a bowlful of yours~

  2. I’m working on a granola post myself, so I definitely share the love! Strange, though, for as much as we enjoy pumpkin over here that I’ve never done a pumpkin granola. This version, especially with the pepitas, sounds terrific.



    • I can’t wait to see your granola post! This granola seriously rocked my world. I hope you give it a try some time! πŸ™‚

  3. Yum! I have never made my own granola! And with pumpkin, it sounds so much better!!! I know where to look when I finally get around to making a batch!

    • I had never gotten around to it either and it is so easy I will definitely be making my own from now on. And I will be making this recipe often, I can tell you that much!

  4. Never made my granola, either… and this is great!!

  5. Ummm me three… I’ve never made granola myself YET. But it’s on my to make list…. now pumpkin one sounds good! =)

  6. I just made granola this weekend for the first time in months! This recipe looks delicious.

  7. I LOVE making granola at home, I never buy it from the store. I just joined the SRC, I’m excited!

  8. I love homemade granola and often make a batch (either for breakfast or chocolate granola which I eat for pudding with yoghurt and fruit), but have never thought to include pumpkin. What a gorgeous idea. Loving the mix of spices you’ve used too πŸ™‚

  9. glad you enjoyed it!! πŸ™‚ it’s one of my favorites. i love the use of apricots instead of cranberries, i’ll definitely have to give that a try!

    • Sarah, it is such a great recipe! I had a difficult time choosing between all your amazing dishes, but am so glad I picked this granola. It’s amazing.

  10. I’ve never made it before either, but the ingredients in it look really healthy. One more interesting idea for pumpkin!

    • It’s such a great, healthy, easy breakfast recipe! I’m really obsessed. And I was interested to learn that while oats are naturally gluten free, many commercial oats suffer from contamination.

  11. Yum! I have granola and yogurt for breakfast almost every morning. I can’t wait to try this out.

  12. Nothing better than homemade granola and this looks like a winning recipe, great SRC choice.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  13. Hello Katherine! I’ve never made granola but I have it in my mind! your pimpkin granola looks great and I’m sure that it tastes good too!
    Have a great week!

  14. Yum! I want a big bowl of this right now. I am adding this to my recipe list.

  15. This pumpkin granola sounds amazing!!! I need to make this…now!

  16. What a lovely recipe for breakfast. Pumpkin is always my fave flavor.

  17. It’s tough to pick a recipe to do for the SRC, I swear I have this problem every time! But this granola is a sure hit.

    • I know! Now I have a lot of great recipes bookmarked for another day, and I’m really glad I went with this one. I will definitely be enjoying this all fall.

  18. This looks fantastic! Homemade granola is so tasty. πŸ™‚

  19. Looks so great… I need to start choosing healthy recipes, I will remember this next month’s SRC… Love dried apricots.

  20. I often make granola and have been wanting to try pumpkin granola. This looks like a great recipe!

  21. This a great recipe! I’ve also been thinking about making granola a hundred times and never acutally did. This recipe is so simple, that I really wonder what’s stopping me πŸ™‚
    By the way, over the last weeks I have been wandering around your blog pickig a recipe for my SRC assignment, and it was very hard, because you have so many great recipea snd such beautiful photos! Love your site and will be coming here often πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    • Aw thanks!! I’m so happy you like my blog πŸ˜€ Yours is wonderful as well!! And you should definitely try this granola recipe, it’s so easy and delicious!

  22. I love granola…and I love the pumpkin in this recipe!

  23. all I can say is: YUM!

  24. This granola looks fabulous and so easy to make! Love that’s it’s good for you – oats, fruits, nuts – healthy and delicious!

  25. This sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  26. After seeing this I am ready to get to the store and buy these ingredients. I have been missing out on my breakfast granola for too long. That spilled jar has hooked me. Awesome SCR choice-yum!

    • Thanks Tina! That’s how I felt when I first saw the recipe. And it’s the recipe that keeps on giving – now I have a jar handy to make my breakfast special any morning πŸ™‚

  27. This sounds delicious! I love that the puree gets baked, I imagine that gives a great sweet crunch to it. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Kiri! Yes, it does give a nice sweet crunch to the granola. It’s just a little bit of pumpkin so it gives it a nice, light glaze. Delicious.

  28. Great recipe, and I love all the pumpkin in it! How seasonal can you get?! Great job – thanks.

  29. Sounds delicious! I love granola so much that I would have to make just one serving otherwise I’d eat the whole thing in a day!

  30. I am addicted to granola. Adding pumpkin seeds and puree sounds amazing!

    • Me too! Yes, all the pumpkin in here is pretty great. And I have to say it’s not an overpowering pumpkin flavor, it’s just right!

  31. i love making my own granola, BUT adding in the pumpkin puree adds a whole new twist. thanks for the great recipe. i will have to try it soon

  32. This looks wonderful. I make granola all of the time but never pumpkin. I cannot wait to try it out.

  33. Granola is a wonderful way to start the day! Your pumpkin granola is perfect for fall- chewy, sweet, crunchy and delicious. This is one I must try. πŸ™‚

  34. I wouldn’t have thought to include pumpkin puree – this looks terrific. Granola is one of my favorite breakfast foods, and I have a wonderful recipe I make from my best friend’s dad. I may have to tweak it to include pumpkin now! Thank you for the inspiration. Of course, as soon as I make it I’ll inhale it…homemade granola is just the best (and, as you said, not overly sweet like store bought).

    • Ohh is your granola recipe on your blog? Who can’t use more granola recipes? I have to say this pumpkin granola is some of the best I’ve had. I will definitely be making this again and again!

  35. Do you think I could use honey instead of maple syrup?

    • Funny you should ask – I just made granola with honey today and it turned out great! The flavor will be a little different but still delicious.

  36. Shauna Morris

    looks great! Can’t wait to try it


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